Not All Teas Are Equal. What To Avoid During Pregnancy
Finding out you’re pregnant usually comes with a lot of lifestyle changes. Out with the multiple coffee cups during the day, and in with the healthy food and tea. Yet, not all teas are safe, and some are downright extremely harmful. We’ve rounded up the ‘everything you need to know’ about drinking tea, and what ones to avoid during pregnancy.
Morning Sickness, Grab The Ginger Tea
Ginger has long touted its benefits over nausea and cramping when not pregnant. It is considered a herbal tea and is safe to drink while pregnant also. Chewing on ginger will also do the same trick. Just don’t go overboard.
Black Tea. Err On The Side Of Caution.
Though you might think that black tea is something you’d need to avoid during pregnancy because of its caffeine content, black tea is typically safe. Kara Manglani, CNM, a New York City-based midwife, told insider that black tea is “generally considered safe,” but that she recommends women limit their consumption to fewer than four cups a day, just in case.
Green tea Is ‘Assumed’ To Be Safe
Green tea with it’s thousands of different flavors is usually assumed to be safe, but to check that caffeine content. Choosing the decaffeinated can let you indulge your tea habit.
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First Trimester. Skip The Chamomile & Peppermint
“If you want to be extremely cautious then just give peppermint and chamomile a rest during the first trimester,” Natasha Richardson, the founder of Forager Botanicals and an herbalist who penned a dissertation on herbs in pregnancy. “That’s when miscarriages are most likely. It’s unlikely that those herbs would actually cause miscarriage but I wouldn’t want anyone drawing that conclusion in an unfortunate turn of events.” Because peppermint might be able to cause some very mild uterine contractions, some women don’t want to risk it early-on.
Raspberry and Red Leaf Is On That Naughty List Also
If you’ve ever been pregnant before, you may have heard about red raspberry leaf tea and its potential for helping ease labor. But you should be careful when exactly you’re drinking it. “Some studies have suggested it can help with uterine contractions and shorten the overall length of labor,” Manglani said. “I would avoid red raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester, but recommend it in the third trimester to help with labor.”
And if you find that you like drinking red raspberry leaf tea each day, it might be useful to keep drinking it after giving birth. “You can also drink after giving birth because it is rich in calcium, helps with breastfeeding and heals the uterus too,” Richardson said.
Show Licorice The Door Permanently
“Avoid licorice tea as licorice is estrogenic and can lead to preterm birth and fetal anomalies,” Manglani said. “Avoid black and blue cohosh. These can lead to preterm birth and miscarriage. Avoid Dong Quai tea as this tea can cause uterine contraction which can lead to miscarriage or preterm birth. Avoid ginseng tea as it can cause birth defects and growth impairment.”
Additionally, things like cinnamon and anise can potentially cause uterine contractions and other issues, so you don’t want to eat or drink large quantities of them while pregnant. Baking spices like cinnamon are commonly added to some teas, so keep an eye out for it.
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