Tea has become super popular these days! With so many options filling the supermarket shelves and appearing on coffee and tea shop menus, it’s understandable to wonder which ones are safe during pregnancy.
First, let’s divide them into two categories. There are caffeinated teas (like green, black, and the famous English breakfast) and herbal teas (the caffeine-free ones).
Can you still enjoy your favorite caffeinated tea? Absolutely, but don’t go overboard with the caffeine – stick to 200-300 mg per day. Control that love for tea and, every now and then, give herbal teas a chance.
Let’s talk about the benefits of herbal teas. Some herbal teas are fantastic for gestation. They help you relax, bring vitamins and minerals, and can even reduce nausea and prepare the uterus for childbirth! But with so many herbal teas out there, it’s best to talk to your doctor to choose safe herbs and brands.
A great benefit of herbal teas is they don’t have a diuretic effect like other caffeinated drinks. Plus, many herbal teas are full of antioxidants, which is always a plus.
So, what are some safe tea options?
Ginger tea for nausea and digestion, nettle tea with iron, magnesium, and calcium, raspberry leaf tea that can prepare the uterus and prevent hemorrhage, peppermint tea to soothe the stomach, rooibos tea packed with antioxidants, and dandelion leaf tea with that gentle diuretic touch.
Of course, like in any story, there are also teas to avoid: those with caffeine and some herbal teas like St. John’s wort or ginseng.
So now you know, enjoy your tea wisely and savor these magical flavors!