Teas in pregnancy
My daughter’s teacher is pregnant & this is her last week before leaving for maternity leave. She is a tea lover. I want to get her a going away gift. I want to do pregnancy friendly teas & or teas that can help with pregnancy, delivery & post pregnancy. Or joys of being a mom.
So I’m thinking;
A strong black for those rough nights once baby is born
A sleepy time one
What would be good to include in this basket?
If there is a chance she’ll breastfeed then you have to be careful with herbs and caffiene.
I’d do an English Breakfast or Eary Grey. Then a nice green or white. I’d stay away from herbals.
Teas are very touchy during pregnancy. You mostly have to stick with straight black and then be careful how much because of the caffiene.
If I was getting a gift – I’d go for something useful for making tea but not necessarily tea…or a gift card to Davids or something where she could make her own decisions.
I’m pregnant now (first pregnancy!!), and I’m a doctor, but I also did a lot of research on this. Raspberry leaf is a good one. Pure ginger (or ginger + black/green/white blend) is also good especially for nausea and any stomach upset. Rooibos is safe also. I would caution on the other herbal drinks like chamomile, ginseng, and others. The occasional black tea is okay as well as green and white teas. :) That’s sweet of you to put together a gift! Overall I think your list is good! For the sleepy one maybe a rooibos vanilla blend. I don’t really have a good recommendation for the headache relief… just drinking a lot of water is good for that :/
Also, especially during the first trimester green tea is bad as it can prevent the absorption of folic acid.
I’ve heard that chamomile also has that issue the whole way through. Of course, one can hear pretty much anything.
Yep, I have a HUGE list of herbs that aren’t FDA approved. That’s the problem – they can’t test on pregnant people.
I’’ve heard that chamomile in large quantities is an abortifacient. . . Not sure how solid that is though.
I have never heard that green tea is bad for pregnant women! And as I understand it, by the time you know you’re pregnant, the baby has already developed to the point where folic acid can’t do its job completely. I heard you really need to be taking it before you get pregnant so that it’s there in the very early developmental stages.
I gave my pregnant friend a peppermint leaf one and she said it’s great with head aches!
I found that mint and ginger helped me with nausea