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IS IT OK TO DRINK TEA DURING PREGNANCY?

No pregnancy symptoms in your body in the first trimester?

No morning sickness or sheer exhaustion..? Still, you’ll need to pay more attention during this trimester in pregnancy.

You have no idea how irrational, teary and emotional this trimester could be for some ladies. 

To be honest, even the smell of a glass of juice can make anyone want to vom, it’s crazy what your body knows it needs and doesn’t.

So, what does this mean for people who drink Tea?

Tea Stock SOUQ Market
During pregnancy a warm cup of tea helps to:

  • Lower the pain and mood swings.
  • Keep you hydrated.
  • Combat morning sickness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Lower anxiety and stress level.
  • Provide antioxidants and nutrients to the body.
  • Make the uterus ready for labour.

Yet, every tiny issue in the body can get intensified during pregnancy.

One must MINDFULLY consume diet during this phase. By keeping the focus on herbal teas and limiting the intake of caffeine you can start being fit and healthy.

All forms of tea be it regular, green or herbal is a natural dehydrator. Drinking excess tea pushes out the water from body cells, thereby dehydrating yourself. 

If you fail to analyze metabolism during this time you can get a slight imbalance in the body. It can be fatal for both the mother and the child. 

Furthermore, high consumption can lead to bloating, indigestion, dehydration and acid reflux.

How Tea in Pregnancy Can Go Wrong?

Tea contains Caffeine: Pregnant women can consume 150 mg to 300 mg of caffeine per day. If you are going beyond limits, bring in the change!

Unregulated Health Claims: Even herbal teas are not backed through scientific research. So, manufacturers keep disclaimer of nutrients in all dietary supplements. Make sure you check the side or back of the box when you are purchasing tea. 

Arsenic And Pesticides availability: Some brands contain pesticides, arsenic and lead exceeding allowable limits. CBC suggests avoiding such as much as possible. 

Unsafe Ingredients: It is a good idea to avoid teas that include:

  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Earl Grey
  • Licorice tea
  • Rosehip
  • Yellow dock
  • Dong Quai
  • Nettles
  • Cohos
  • Nigiris tea

Besides, skip herbal blends supporting PMS symptoms, menstruation and detoxification of the body. It includes ingredients that are not recommended for pregnancy.

Ceylon Tea in SOUQ Market
Which Tea is good during Pregnancy?

Real Tea: You can consume black, green, and oolong tea during pregnancy. Even caffeinated Ceylon black tea appears to be safe if you limit it to 8-ounce cups per day.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: With this tea leaf you can relieve your sleep troubles and support labor. Try to skip these leaves from the plant which is rich in iron and drink it only during the second and third trimester.

Ginger Root Tea: Ginger root tea is a great option to try if you suffer from pregnancy-related nausea. Use Ginger to combat nausea.

Peppermint Leaf Tea: Improve morning sickness and queasy stomach with Peppermint Leaf Tea. Avoid consuming Peppermint Leaf Tea if you have heartburn or acid reflux.

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm is antiviral and rich in antioxidants. It provides a calming effect and relieves irritability, insomnia, and anxiety. FDA in the US has listed Lemon Balm on their list of “likely safe” herbs when taken in moderate amounts. (Sources: ResearchGate, FDA). 

The heart of the matter

In conclusion, tea can be a part of your diet during your pregnancy trimesters. Even if you don’t have any symptoms in the early months, you can consume tea in moderation. It can help to reduce common pregnancy complaints such as anxiety and mood swings. 

Always, consider the guidelines listed above and limit your caffeine intake to 150 mg – 300 mg per day. Ensure, you also check the back and side of tea packets and avoid the ingredients not safe for pregnancy. Would you like to share with us how you deal with the sudden urge of drinking tea during pregnancy?

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