For all tea lovers, it is hard to leave drinking tea suddenly. The practice of making and drinking tea has been continuing for thousands of years. Tea contains polyphenols that can protect your heart; antioxidants that may lower your risk of cancer and other nutrients that can boost your immune system. A cup of tea can ease morning sickness as well as can less labour. If you take it positively, it can work better. However, some teas are potentially dangerous during pregnancy and should be avoided.
It is said that women who can’t leave drinking this beverage during their nine months, may put their baby’s health at risk unknowingly. However, not all teas are created equal, and some of them are almost as strong as coffee.
List of teas are given below and they are being divided into two groups according to their effect during pregnancy.
Teas With Negative Effects During Pregnancy
One should avoid drinking teas that are particularly high in caffeine. This list includes black tea, oolong tea and green tea, with their varieties. Even Earl Grey, Darjeeling or Hong mao should be avoided unless all are approved by your health care provider.Consumption of chai tea should be avoided.
Despite lots of general health benefits, Chamomile tea should be restricted during pregnancy if one has a history of hay fever. Otherwise, this tea is generally safe.
Rosehip tea is a great immunity enhancer and a rich source of vitamin C, but there isn’t sufficiently reliable information regarding its potential side-effects on pregnant women, so it’s better to avoid it.
Though Yellow dock and alfalfa tea are beneficial for non-pregnant women as it contains high amounts of vitamin E, D, A and K which has positive effects in preventing anaemia. Despite the health benefits they still need some strong scientific arguments to support their safety during the gestation period. Hibiscus, rosemary, mistletoe and sage tea should be consumed in limited amounts if approved by your health care provider during pregnancy.
Here is provided with some tips that can be helpful for the tea lover pregnant women. Generally, nearly 80% of the caffeine in tea leaves is extracted within the first 30 seconds of steeping, but you can reduce the final amount of this ingredient by following this method. First, steep the tea in hot water for 45 seconds, then discard the liquid and add fresh water to the leaves, brewing for the typical amount of time that’s recommended for your tea.
Teas With Positive Effects During Pregnancy
If one can’t leave drinking tea during her trimester, she should use those teas which provide several health benefits, so it’s actually indicated to add them to your regular pregnancy menu, as both you and your baby can experience positive effects.
Ginger tea relieves stomach issues, eases nausea and morning sickness and ensures a healthier digestion. Raspberry leaf tea provides high amounts of magnesium and calcium, preventing post-partum haemorrhage and preparing the uterus for labour. It’s generally considered safe for pregnant women still, some healthcare providers only recommend using it after the first trimester.
Nettle tea is typically considered a health enhancer, as it provides high amounts of calcium, vitamin A, K, C, iron and potassium. It’s widely used in “pregnancy teas”, but the Natural Medicines Database rates this as likely unsafe during pregnancy. Overall nettle tea is a good pregnancy tonic, But must check with your health care provider and to carefully read the label before consuming it.
Peppermint tea relaxes the stomach and relieves nausea and flatulence. It is considered safe and good during pregnancy. Dandelion leaf tea is rich in vitamin A, iron and calcium, prevents excessive water retention, keeps the liver healthy and it’s usually considered safe. Lemon balm tea has its cooling effects and ability to relieve anxiety and irritability.
Generally, the herbs are considered safe as foods during pregnancy and that is why they are allowed for tea preparation, but it’s better to check for any contraindication on the label, even when purchasing a tea that’s otherwise considered safe.
Teas can relieve morning sickness, abdominal cramps, swelling of legs due to excessive water retention, and even back pain and migraines that often accompany pregnancy. Before buying and using tea, take a concern from your health care provider and get his or her approval to enjoy your favourite beverage. As a conclusion, whether using tea is safe or not during pregnancy, depending on the type you choose and on how you prepare it. But as long as you stick with the safe teas, this beverage provides important health benefits,