What Teas Are Safe (And Not Safe) During Pregnancy?
When you’re pregnant, one thing you may want to know is if the teas you’re drinking are safe or not. Many things are off the table, but that does not mean that drinking tea has to be, too.
Teas You Can Drink During Pregnancy
Fortunately, there are several types of teas you can enjoy while expecting. These are safe teas that are beneficial to your health.
- Herbal Teas – Non-caffeinated herbal teas such as chamomile, mint and ginger can be safely enjoyed as long as you drink it moderately. They are thought to help with digestion, ease nausea and reduce inflammation.
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – This is thought to help strengthen the uterus for labor. Not enough studies have been done to back up the claims, yet many pregnant women swear by it.
- Decaffeinated Green or Black Tea – These contain antioxidant properties which helps promote healthy fetal development. Just be sure to keep it at one cup or less per day.
Teas You Should Avoid During Pregnancy
There are a few types of teas which you should never drink during pregnancy.
- Teas Made With Ginseng – Ginseng is thought to cause uterine contractions, which can potentially lead to premature labor.
- Green Tea With Caffeine – It is thought that the caffeine in green tea can cross into the placenta in pregnant women and could potentially stunt the growth of the baby.
- Any Unknown Tea – In general, it is safest to avoid any type of tea you do not know the origin of, or that you’ve bought from a questionable source.
When it comes to staying health during pregnancy, you should always try to listen to your doctor and consider any potential risks before drinking tea. When in doubt, consult your doctor.