Drinking Boba Tea While Pregnant: Is it Safe?
Boba tea is a popular beverage, especially among young people. But if you’re expecting you may be wondering if it’s safe to drink boba tea when pregnant.
What is Boba Tea?
Boba tea is a type of bubble tea which is a cold tea-based beverage. It often contains tapioca balls, or “boba pearls” that give it its distinctive name. Boba tea is usually served with a wide straw so that the boba can be consumed with the drink.
Can You Drink Boba Tea When Pregnant?
The short answer is yes, but you should be aware of a few things.
- Things to be aware of:
- Boba pearls may be cooked with sugar and cooked in a sweet syrup. Consuming large amounts of sugar can be bad for your baby and your health.
- The tea itself may contain caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause dehydration, and it’s not recommended that pregnant women consume more than 200 mg of caffeine daily.
- Some of the artificial flavorings or colors used in boba tea may contain traces of harmful chemicals.
- Tapioca pearls are high in carbohydrates and can cause problems with weight gain during pregnancy.
Tips for Drinking Boba Tea Safely While Pregnant
- Limit consumption of boba tea to once a week or less.
- Choose a tea without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- Opt for decaf or herbal tea to reduce your caffeine intake and avoid having headaches or other withdrawal symptoms.
- Look for an organic variety of boba tea when possible.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Drinking boba tea while pregnant can be safe if done in moderation. If you’re concerned about the safety of your unborn baby, it’s best to consult your doctor or a nutritionist before drinking boba tea.