Is it Safe to Drink Tea whilst Pregnant?
Drinking tea is a much-loved activity across the world, so it’s understandable that pregnant women are keen to find out if they can still enjoy it during their pregnancy.
The good news is that yes, most varieties of tea are safe to drink in moderation during pregnancy.
Tea contains antioxidants and certain vitamins which are beneficial for both you and your growing baby, but some varieties provide more benefits than others.
- Green Tea – Contains polyphenols which reduce the risk of high blood pressure, as well as aiding during digestion
- White Tea – Contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which make it great for boosting your immune system
- Herbal Tea – Usually caffeine free, herbal tea is a great way to relax and contains minerals such as magnesium which is essential for pregnant women
As beneficial as tea can be during pregnancy, there are certain precautions you should take when drinking it;
- Always check labels and make sure the tea is caffeine free and does not contain any alcohol or added sugar.
- Stick to just two cups of tea per day, to get the benefits without having an overwhelming amount of caffeine or sugar.
- Avoid drinking herbal teas unless advised by your doctor or midwife as some, such as raspberry leaf tea, can bring on contractions and cause early labor.
Tea is a great way to supplement your pregnancy diet and enjoy a calming, comforting drink. As long as you have no health conditions which would prevent it and you follow the advice we have outlined here, tea can be a great way to relax during your pregnancy.