Top Five Teas to Drink During Pregnancy
Are you expecting and wondering what changes you might want to consider to best take care of your own wellbeing and the new baby's heal as well? Especially when it comes to hydration and teas? Here we share some great options for you to try, also a some to avoid while during your pregnancy to best nourish your own body and the new baby.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE
As you may be aware while growing a human being inside of your body is no small deal! Your body is changing a lot and taking on a way more responsibilities than prior. Something quite commonly recommended by doctors is to cut down your caffeine intake (and perhaps your nightly glass of wine). Studies have shown caffeine easily crosses the placenta and it's difficult for the new baby’s growing liver to break down normal amounts of caffeine. For this reason, it's very important that you consume less caffeine and always consult your doctor if you have a concern. While true teas, from the Camellia sinensis plant, such as green teas, black teas, matcha etc always contain caffeine in varying levels. Matter of fact matcha contains the most with an average of 60-80 mg per cup, black tea contains about 47-53 mg, and green tea contains the least amount of caffeine with 29-49 mg per cup. Herbal teas or tisanes (flower teas) offer a lovely option as they are naturally caffeine free and deeply relaxing, especially for the evenings.
TOP FIVE PREGNANCY TEAS
Although caffeinated teas are safe to drink in moderation, you may want to consider enjoying some herbal teas, tisanes, or flower teas. Here we share our top 5 favorite herbal tea options.
1. Ginger: Ginger teas are considered safe to drink during pregnancy and ginger has been known to help with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness. It may also help relieve pain and inflammation, and contain cancer-fighting properties.
2. Lemon Balm: Lemon balm has been used by pregnant women for many many years to help relieve anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.
3. Peppermint: Peppermint tea has been shown to relieve gas, stomach cramps, nausea, and heartburn in pregnant women.
5. Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry leaf tea has been shown to shorten labor and help prepare the uterus for birth.
TOP 11 TEAS TO AVOID WHEN PREGNANT
Although most herbal teas are safe to drink when pregnant, there are some teas that have been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm labor. These teas include but not limited to: