written by MaterniTEA
This, along with “How much tea?” and “What kind of tea?” are questions we receive from many expecting mothers. The answer?… Yes and No. Let me explain. If it’s organic tea and your doctor gives you the thumbs-up, then here are the top 3 benefits of drinking tea during pregnancy as well as a few things to watch out for during your first trimester.
• Keeping caffeine intake low during pregnancy is advised since a fetus is unable to process caffeine like an adult. Tea has only 40mg of caffeine per cup where coffee has over 80mg per cup. White, green, oolong, black and puerh teas all have about the same amount of caffeine per cup so you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to taste. Limiting yourself to 2 or 3 teacups per day is considered “generally safe” by most physicians.
• Almost all herbal teas are caffeine-free and provide an excellent source of antioxidants however, herbal tea marked for weight loss or detoxing should be avoided. Many doctors recommend avoiding herbs such as chamomile, peppermint and red raspberry leaf during the first trimester as they could cause uterine contractions. My recommendation, drink ginger tea to calm your tummy and help with digestion at any stage of pregnancy as a safe and healthy choice. In addition, make sure all herbs are commercially sourced. In other words, don’t pick flowers and steep them in your teacup. That may be organic, but it’s definitely not safe.
• It’s been scientifically proven that all tea and herbal tea is rich in antioxidants, reduces stress and is a healthy beverage when consumed in moderation, especially during pregnancy. It’s an excellent choice to keep you hydrated and contains polyphenols and other nutrients that can help you and your baby remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Final note, always consult your doctor about what amount and kind of tea or herbal infusion is safe for you. This will help in making an educated decision on what is best for you and your baby.
True Leaf Tea has a MaterniTEA blend for those expecting and new moms. It’s a affordable and safe beverage to keep your taste buds happy and your body healthy!