There are two types of teas; herbal and non-herbal. Herbal teas are in use of different civilizations for thousands of years due to their benefits to the heart and immune system. Herbal tea can help pregnant women to reduce their labor time and treat morning sickness, therefore, most of the herbal teas are considered as healthy. Here you will find out the benefits and downsides of some teas during pregnancy so that you can adjust your diet plan accordingly.
Downside Of Non-Herbal Tea
The biggest downside of non-herbal tea is the amount of caffeine. Herbal tea contains 0.4 milligrams of caffeine in one serving but non-herbal tea contains up to 50 milligrams of caffeine in one average sized serving. It means if you are drinking four to five cups in one day then you are consuming more than 200 milligrams of caffeine. According to Northern California Division of Research of Kaiser Permanente conducted a research on the impact of caffeine on the pregnancy. They found that consumption of 200 milligrams of caffeine every day can cause several complications during pregnancy and can even increase the chances of miscarriage. According to the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the dangerous amount is 350 milligrams per day. The main issue is that non-herbal tea is not the only product that contains high amount caffeine. Soft drinks, soda, chocolate, and other such edibles also contain a high amount of caffeine and women, therefore, it is better to avoid non-herbal tea especially during the last stages of pregnancy.
Teas: Safe to drink during pregnancy
You can certainly take tea during pregnancy and some doctors even recommend it but make sure you take only herbal tea. Some of the most beneficial herbal teas with their benefits are listed here.
- Mint and Ginger Tea: they prevent insomnia and help pregnant women to enjoy a good sleep. It is very important for pregnant women to have good sleep to limit mood swing and to keep muscles and mind relaxed.
- Nettle Leaf Tea: This tea contains several vitamins (A, K, & C) and mineral (potassium & iron). Experienced midwives and nutritionist strongly recommend this tea to pregnant women. All these minerals not only give strength to women but also make the baby strong and healthy. Some doctors categorize it as unsafe but its benefits are way higher than its risks. It is better to consult a doctor before making final decision.
- Red Raspberry leaf Tea: this tea helps in contraction by toning the uterine muscles. This tea is very effective during labor for painless and quick delivery.
- Rooibos Tea: This tea is antioxidant therefore some doctors also recommend it. It contains vitamin E and C which help in the elimination of harmful oxidizing agents in the body of pregnant women.
All these teas are very useful to hydrate pregnant women when they don’t feel to drink plain water. Some of these leaves are hard to find but you can easily get them through online retailers like Amazon and eBay. It is very easy to make these teas as you don’t need any special tool to make them.
Teas Unsafe to drink during pregnancy
There are some side effects of few herbal teas and you should avoid during pregnancy.
- Yerba mate
- Saw palmetto
- Roman chamomile
- Dong Quai
- Blue Cohosh
- Licorice root
- Black Cohosh
All these teas are likely unsafe during pregnancy but all of them can’t be categorized as severely dangerous for pregnant women. You can drink a cup or two of these teas once in a while but the excessive consumption of these teas can increase the chances of preterm labor, miscarriage, low-weight baby, and other such complications. Some of these teas include substances like Senna, Sagrada, and Cascara. These substances change the composition of electrolyte by disturbing the amount of potassium, sodium, and chloride. This kind of changes disturbs the normal functioning of cells and may damage the organs of the baby. It is better to avoid these teas. It is important to note this not the complete list of potentially unsafe teas. You must consult your doctor before planning your diet. Every person responds differently to different substances and medical history also play an important role in deciding the side effect of any tea.
Pregnancy is very sensitive and painful phase of a women life but you can make this phase safe and painless through some simple remedies. The knowledge of right diet and activities can help you to give birth to a perfectly healthy child without getting into any trouble.