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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;
Raspberry Leaf
A strong black for those rough nights once baby is born
A sleepy time one
Headache remedy

What would be good to include in this basket?

17 Replies

How about a rooibos?

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darby select said

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.

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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 :/

Uniquity said

Just a reminder that raspberry leaf is out during first trimester, though that clearly doesn’t apply in this case I like to mention it.

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darby select said

Also, especially during the first trimester green tea is bad as it can prevent the absorption of folic acid.

Uniquity said

I’ve heard that chamomile also has that issue the whole way through. Of course, one can hear pretty much anything.

darby select said

Yep, I have a HUGE list of herbs that aren’t FDA approved. That’s the problem – they can’t test on pregnant people.

Darby, could you msg me that list?

BoxerMama said

I’’ve heard that chamomile in large quantities is an abortifacient. . . Not sure how solid that is though.

amyablue said

I would love to have that list if possible.

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.

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darby select said

Sure!

Ellyn select said

could you send it to me also?

Maybe just post it here? I think we’re all interested, LOL!

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BoxerMama said

I gave my pregnant friend a peppermint leaf one and she said it’s great with head aches!

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tigress_al said

I found that mint and ginger helped me with nausea

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boychik said

Mint reduces breast milk. I would just give a gift card and let her decide when she is ready for tea. I only drank black decaf one cup a day

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