Teas for Women in Pregnancy
Some of the most frequently asked questions about pregnancy are: Should I drink tea during pregnancy? Is it better to drink bagged tea or should I make it out of dried herbs? When are teas recommended to pregnant women? Which teas are recommended to pregnant women? Which teas should I avoid?
Should I drink tea during pregnancy?
Yes, but with precaution, because the exact effect on pregnant women is tested in only a limited number of herbs.
Be careful when drinking tea while being pregnant, there’s a possibility some ingredients could be harmful for your baby, while others can cause diarrhea and increased heart beat to pregnant women if drank in higher quantities.
Is it better to drink bagged tea or should I make it out of dried herbs?
Both ways of making tea have their strong and their weak points.
Teas in filter bags are easy to make, but in many cases they use additional herbs, not only the dominant one, in order to improve flavor. Because of that, when you buy tea, make sure you check which herbs it contains. This also applies to instant teas.
Preparing teas out of fresh or dried herbs require a little more time, but at least you are certain which herbs you used to do it. It is exceptionally important to take care about the quantity of herbs you use, as well as the method of preparation. It is best to pour boiling water over the herbs and leave them covered for several minutes. In no case should you put the tea back on the heat source to boil again.
When are teas recommended to pregnant women?
Teas are recommended to pregnant women as a substitute for coffee (one cup of coffee contains just as much caffeine as four cups of tea), but also as a form of hydration, as well as in cases of cold, flue, nausea…
Mint and ginger ease morning nausea, balm has a soothing effect, as well as chamomile, while pomegranate strengthens immunity because of its high quantity of vitamin C. To sweeten the flavor, you can add lemon, lime, orange or pineapple juice to already cooled tea.
Whether you drink tea for enjoyment or because you are “forced” to because of health problems, you should consult your doctor for recommendations.
Which teas are recommended to pregnant women?
Mint is recommended in case of intumescence, morning nausea, but also to calm oneself before sleep.
Ginger is advised in cases of nausea and throwing up, but it should not be drunk in higher dosage.
Balm helps in cases of restlessness and insomnia because it has a soothing effect.
Nettle is rich in vitamins C, K, A, potassium, calcium and especially iron, so it is recommended in cases of anemia and constipation. However, you should consult your doctor before usage.
Pomegranate, because it contains high quantity of vitamin C, is recommended in case of a cold, but to strengthen immunity as well.
Which teas should I avoid?
During pregnancy, teas which could hurt the future mom should be avoided. Those include: St. John’s wort, milfoil, hibiscus, dandelion, mistletoe, sage… However, these herbs aren’t harmful if used in preparation of meals because, in those cases, they are present in very small amounts, as spice.