What’s better than ending your day with a warm cup of tea? Whether you want to kick start your day with a cup of Earl Grey or sip on some Jasmine Tea in the evening, for many people, tea is considered to be soothing and relaxing – a simple pleasure to come home to. But if you’re going through pregnancy, then even drinking tea isn’t that simple. It doesn’t have to be difficult though, because while you can’t just drink anything, there are still many pregnancy herbal tea options out there for you. So, you can still sit down and enjoy your cup of tea without having to worry about a thing.
It’s mainly the caffeine pregnant women must avoid. Non-herbal teas which include black and green contain about 50 milligrams of caffeine per cup. A study has found that pregnant “woman who consumed more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily had double the risk of miscarriage compared to those who avoided the stimulant.” Caffeine must be avoided during pregnancy, but this doesn’t mean that all herbal teas are safe to drink. In a guide to drinking tea during pregnancy, Amy Paturel offers an extensive list of what to drink and what not to drink for those who are expecting. She points out that some herbal teas are considered to be unsafe for pregnant women. These include “PMS, diet, cleansing and detoxification teas.” In addition it’s important for future moms to avoid the following herbs: black cohosh, blue cohosh, dong qual and others. Research also shows that the following are unsafe for pregnant women to drink: saw palmetto, goldenseal, ephedra, yohimbe, pay D’ Arco, passion lower, roman chamomile and pennyroyal. In addition, aloe, ginseng, evening primrose, feverfew, kava kava and senna are possibly unsafe as well – so it’s best to avoid them.
While it seems that most teas are a no-no for pregnant women, there are pregnancy herbal tea options available. The same research states that red raspberry leaf, peppermint leaf, ginger root, slipper elm bark, oats & oat straw, blond psyllium, black psyllium, garlic and capsicum are safe to drink.
These options are more than just safe. Peppermint tea for example is known for its many qualities. From relieving the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating to reducing muscle spasm, you want to drink a cup of this delicious tea after meals. Another one of those heavenly teas include ginger tea. Aside from its soothing taste, ginger tea is great for digestive aid and can be used to help an upset stomach and nausea. You can make ginger tea just by simmering a chunk of ginger root in water for 15 minutes.
With these pregnancy herbal tea choices future moms can happily enjoy their tea. There’s no need to say farewell – you only have to ensure that you’re drinking the right type so that you can take care of you and your baby.
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