Peppermint Tea and Pregnancy
Before we say anything else, we recommend you to consult your doctor before using peppermint tea.
Peppermint oil stimulates uterine bleeding, so it should be avoided during pregnancy and breast-feeding periods. While peppermint tea contains only a small quantity of peppermint oil, it can still be potentially dangerous if excessively consumed. Speaking of oils, you should also avoid other essential oils with emmenagogue effects, such as chamomile, jasmine, or rose. This is something to look out for in your diet, but also if you have aromatherapeutic massages. Ensure your massage therapist doesn’t use any of these.
Peppermint tea is too strong for infants and children. Never give peppermint tea to children, menthol in it can cause choking sensation in this age group.
Peppermint tea can bring relief from early pregnancy symptoms. It’s just important to moderately drink it.
It’s an herbal tea free of caffeine, which is very important, because caffeine has been noted to induce various problems to women who breast-feed or are pregnant. Peppermint will calm your stomach muscles, which helps with flatulence, nausea and vomiting which can occur during early pregnancy.
Not only does it relax stomach muscles, peppermint tea also relaxes the sphincter. That’s the muscle between stomach and esophagus. This can cause acids from your stomach to flow back up, making heartburn which may appear during pregnancy even worse. Peppermint tea can also interact with antacids. That’s why you may want to avoid drinking it if you take any of those.
As we first said, it’s always wise to consult your doctor if you want to drink peppermint tea during pregnancy or breast-feeding periods. However, it should be perfectly safe if drank in doses of one cup per day.
When purchasing peppermint tea, look for products containing absolutely pure peppermint leaves, without any supplements.