Tea during pregnancy

Tea during pregnancy

Tea is a beverage that is consumed daily by many due to its soothing and refreshing effects on the body. However, many women are unsure and apprehensive about consuming it during pregnancy. While most varieties of tea that are available are safe to consume in moderate amounts, the specifics differ based on the variety of tea used to prepare the brew.

If the pregnancy is normal with no other medical complications involved, there are no risks associated with the moderate consumption of tea. Even though Black, Green, Yellow and Oolong teas contain differing amounts of caffeine, 200 milligrams a day is considered safe by the American College of  Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Each cup of tea contains approximately 40-50 milligrams.

Herbal teas are highly recommended for pregnant women, and can be consumed as an alternative to other beverages due to the low caffeine content. Herbal teas contain a large number of antioxidants, and are known to provide numerous other health benefits and nutrients while hydrating the system. Certain herbal teas are known to have calming effects on the body, reducing stress levels and anxiety.

Although most herbal teas are good and safe to consume, there are few exceptions that should be avoided during pregnancy, such as blue cohosh, black cohosh, licorice root, dong quai and detox teas.

These are a few herbal teas that can be consumed for all their natural goodness:

  • Ginger root: While ginger is used to treats colds and respiratory disorders, this herbal infusion can also reduce nausea and improve digestion.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint is known for being an excellent treatment for gas and bloating. Brew this infusion to treat morning sickness as well.
  • Chamomile: One of the healthiest varieties of herbal tea available, Chamomile soothes and relaxes the body, helping you feel calm. Chamomile tea makes a perfect bedtime brew, as it promotes good sleep and is often consumed as a treatment for insomnia.
  • Dandelion: This floral tea contains high quantities of calcium, potassium and iron, easing fluid retention in the body.

Even though herbal infusions and moderate quantities of tea are deemed to be safe, it is always advised that you consult a doctor before trying any new infusions.