Best Teas to Drink During Pregnancy
Are you a tea lover and expecting? Now is the time to choose the right tea for your needs!. The good news is there are a number of great teas that can be enjoyed throughout your pregnancy and some that have been shown to target specific pregnancy symptoms to potentially make you feel more comfortable.
Watch Your Caffeine Intake
While pregnant, it’s important to be aware of your caffeine intake and speak with your doctor about a safe amount to consume. Caffeine easily crosses the placenta and it's difficult for your baby’s growing liver to break down normal amounts of caffeine. For this reason, it's crucial that you consume limited amounts of caffeine (typically less than 300 mg per day) and always consult your doctor if you have a concern. True teas, from the Camellia sinensis plant, always contain caffeine in varying levels. 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.
Best Pregnancy Teas
Although caffeinated teas are safe to drink, many pregnant women prefer to drink herbal teas, or tisanes, throughout their pregnancy. We recommend consuming the following teas when pregnant:
Ginger: Ginger teas are considered safe to drink during pregnancy and ginger has been known to help with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness.
Peppermint: Peppermint tea has been shown to relieve gas, stomach cramps, nausea, and heartburn in pregnant women.
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm has been used by pregnant women for years to help relieve anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. Try our Rejuvenating Wellness Blend with lemon balm!
Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry leaf tea has been shown to shorten labor and help prepare the uterus for birth.
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: fennel, fenugreek, sage, vervain, borage, pennyroyal, licorice, thyme, motherwort, lovage, blue cohosh, black cohosh, and chamomile (in large amounts). Prior to drinking any herbal tea while pregnant, please read all of the ingredients and consult your doctor when necessary.