You’ll find that many women drink green tea during pregnancy. Often a morning ritual, women believe that this tea is healthy and safe for them to drink when expecting, but is this true? We’re going to take a look at green tea, and various other teas to determine if it is safe to drink them when you’re pregnant.
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Can Pregnant Women Drink Tea?
Yes, and no. The tea that you drink needs to be healthy for both you and the baby. While you can drink green tea, you will want to avoid teas that are:
- Meant for detoxification
- Meant for cleansing
- Meant for PMS
Keep in mind that most doctors recommend that you do not drink herbal teas during pregnancy because they may have detoxifying or cleansing effects on the body. If you want to play it safe, you can avoid all herbal teas, or you can discuss the herbal you wish to drink with your doctor.
The three types of teas mentioned above are just a few of the many teas that you will not want to drink. You also need to consider the amount of caffeine in the tea that you drink. Some women will have adverse side effects to caffeine during pregnancy, so you may want to limit your usage at this time. But it should be noted that unless a massive amount of caffeine is consumed, it should not have a negative effect on the baby.
Otherwise, it is perfectly safe to drink a cup or two of tea per day.
If you have any concerns about the tea you’re drinking, I recommend asking your doctor about it specifically. While most women will be perfectly fine when drinking tea of virtually any kind, every mother-to-be is different.
Is Green Tea Safe during Pregnancy?
Yes – in most cases. Green tea is a very powerful antioxidant, and women can experience great benefits during pregnancy when drinking green tea. We will be discussing these benefits in detail shortly, but it is important to know that you should only be drinking up to 200 mg of caffeine per day (or 3 to 4 cups of green tea).
Caffeine has been shown to increase a person’s heartbeat, and you don’t want to cause your baby’s heartbeat to work overtime. Keep in mind that this means that you’ll need to limit your daily consumption of:
So, it is generally safe to consume green tea during pregnancy.
When is it Not Safe to Drink Green Tea When you’re Pregnant?
There have been studies done, with no conclusive results, that show green tea may hinder the absorption of folic acid in the body. This is a very important nutrient that your body needs during pregnancy, but the evidence here is inconclusive.
There was also a very small study done that showed consuming massive amounts of green tea during pregnancy may lead to spina bifida.
Keep in mind that the spina bifida study was done in extreme cases – more green tea than the average person would ever want to drink during a normal day. It’s also important to note that you do not want to drink green tea, or any other tea for that matter, with your meals. Why? Tea has been shown to stop the absorption of iron in the body, and as an expecting mother, you need iron for your baby’s development.
The famous Dr. Weil also concludes that he knows of no scientific studies that state that you should not drink green tea during pregnancy.
Benefits of Green Tea during Pregnancy
Green tea is so popular because of its healing properties. Drank in Asian cultures for centuries, this tea offers an abundance of health benefits to pregnant and non-pregnant drinkers. The benefits that you will experience from drinking this tea, include:
- Heart protection through polyphenois.
- Lowering of cholesterol.
- Improvement in lipid metabolism.
- Antioxidants that work to rid your body of free radicals.
- Lower risk of getting cancer.
Many women will also state that green tea offers them a form of pain relief during pregnancy. This is mainly due to stomach-related discomfort that is soothed by the warmth and qualities of the green tea.
Remember, if you have any medical condition, it is important to consult with your doctor before drinking green tea or any other tea that may conflict with medication or certain medical conditions.
Is Black Tea During Pregnancy Safe?
Black tea is a non-herbal tea, and it is generally safe for consumption during pregnancy. You’ll want to keep in mind that black tea does can contain high levels of caffeine, so you’ll need to ensure that you do not consume too much black tea. If you wanted a tea that is a mixture of black tea and green tea, oolong tea is a good choice.
If you look on store shelves, you will find that there are a lot of pregnancy teas available to you. These teas have been specially formulated to help the pregnancy, and many of them include red raspberry leaf. However, we reviewed the best 4 pregnancy tea for expecting moms.
Rooibos Tea Pregnancy Benefits
Rooibos tea is one of the most recommended during pregnancy. Cultivated from South Africa, you can consume this tea with no restrictions due to it being caffeine-free. Rooibos also has a very high level of antioxidant qualities – much like green tea.
It is recommended that if green tea does not sit with you well during pregnancy, try a cup of rooibos tea instead.
What is interesting is that this tea, unlike many other teens, actually helps the body absorb iron and other essential nutrients that your body needs during pregnancy. This tea may also offer postpartum benefits, and is a good choice for any woman that is expecting.
Tea is a wonderful drink to consume during pregnancy as long as you choose the right tea. There are many varieties available, and green tea is just one of the many that women have found to be very beneficial during pregnancy. If you are planning on consuming an herbal tea, it is recommended that you discuss this with your doctor prior to consumption to ensure that it is safe for you and your baby.