Tea During Pregnancy – pro and cons

Tea During Pregnancy – pro and cons
August 30 12:33 2016

There are a few options when it comes to pregnancy teas; there is the herbal and also the non-herbal teas.  Both types of pregnancy teas promise health benefits to pregnant women. The promised health benefits stem from the extra nutrients present in these teas. These include iron, magnesium, and calcium which are actually very vital for the growth of baby in the womb.

But is there something else you should know about these pregnancy teas apart from the number of nutrients it contains? Like in all things you do while pregnant, you should consider both the pros and the cons as your decisions affect two lives now. The aim of this article is to present you with the pros and the cons of all types of pregnancy teas.


Types of Pregnancy Teas

Herbal teas as well as non-herbal ones have been enjoying increased popularity recently. The herbal ones however have a few more varieties available at the stores than the non-herbal. Both however are consumed by pregnant women all over the world at different times during pregnancy. This is why it is important that we discuss precautions and certain cons of these teas so the information is out there for those who seek it.

Non-Herbal Pregnancy Tea:

Non herbal teas are generally considered safe for consumption during pregnancy. But it must be taken in moderation. For instance, it is clear that the high antioxidant content of these teas have positive health benefits for pregnant women but it also has caffeine in it. Thus it is vital that the consumption of this type of tea is not in excess. This is because the little one in the womb would not be able to digest the caffeine. Thus you should avoid large amount of Herbal teas while pregnant unless you go with the decaffeinated option which has lesser amount of caffeine in it.

Herbal pregnancy Tea:

You can avoid the problem of overconsumption of caffeine by going with the option of Herbal pregnancy tea. It is therefore a good thing that you have a few different flavors to choose from. Having said that, let us quickly add that herbal pregnancy teas are far from perfect. The problem with herbal teas usually stem from the fact that there are too many options and too little data from which we can conclude which one is safe for consumption by pregnant women and which is not. We simply do not know most of the time. Until we know more, it is advisable that pregnant women only take small amounts of very mild herbal teas.


What Is The Effect Of Herbal Teas During Pregnancy?

We have already mentioned that not all herbal pregnancy teas are safe for consumption. For non-herbal teas, the problems lies in the possibility of taking too much while the herbal equivalent are a bit dicey as we will not know for sure until each one has been analyzed in a lab.

However, we recognized the health benefits of some of these teas, thus we will like to recommend the safe types for your consumption.


What Type Of Herbal Tea Should I Take? 

Having mention that not all herbs present in herbal teas are safe for consumption, here are few that are actually safe. You shouldn’t worry if your tea contains the ingredients below. You also want to check the list of unsafe herbs in teas before you make your decision though. But first, here is a number of herbs that are known to be safe:

  1. Red Raspberry Leaf: This leaf is rich in iron and recommended for pregnant women in the first trimester.
  2. Lemon Balm: this herb is known to have a calming soothing effect during pregnancy.
  3. Peppermint leaf: This one helps to relieve flatulence and eases morning sickness. So it will definitely be helpful if you’ve been having an episode of recurring morning sickness and flatulence.
  4. Ginger root: This is a popular herb which is favored for its ability to relieve nausea and vomiting.


What Type Of Herbal Tea Should I Not Take?

There are a lot of teas that may be rich is nutrient but still unsafe because of the presence of certain herbs. These herbs are considered unsafe because they are not yet proven to have beneficial effects. It is important to note that these herbs are not necessarily harmful but we just cannot support their use because of research is still ongoing. Research result might say they impede the growth of baby in the womb or something serious like that. The unsafe roots are:

  1. Yellow Dock
  2. Dandelion root
  3. Alfalfa
  4. Chamomile
  5. Rose Hips
  6. Stinging Nettles

These roots should be avoided for now until research tells us more.


Why Should I Take Safe Herbal or Non-Herbal Pregnancy Teas?

Are you asking what the benefits of these pregnancy teas are and how it might help you? We will list a few benefits of taking pregnancy teas here for your consideration.

  1. Labor: Some pregnancy teas are known to help decrease the length of labor. They are also known to aid smooth deliver of the baby.
  2. Prevention of Pre or Pro-term gestation
  3. It helps tone the uterus
  4. Helps to increase milk production
  5. Decreases Nausea

How Can Unsafe Pregnancy Teas Affect a Pregnant Woman?

We have emphasized the need to only take safe teas during pregnancy. This is because some unsafe teas can result in the following pregnancy complications:

  1. Preterm labor
  2. Postpartum hemorrhage
  3. Prolonged labor, and
  4. Preeclampsia


We believe you now know a few things about pregnancy teas. Please let us know what you think and share your experiences with us.


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