During pregnancy, the diet of a woman significantly changes. Some products should be excluded from it. Other ones, vice versa, should be added. But not only food plays such a huge role. Drinks are also very important for a healthy pregnancy. What beverages can a woman consume during pregnancy? If it comes to pregnancy tea, do not forget that there are a lot of them, and not all can be drunk while waiting for the baby.
What Kind of Tea Can You Drink during Pregnancy?
Of course during pregnancy tea can be drunk, but in moderate quantity. Both black and green tea contains caffeine. If the tea is firmly brewed, then it contains no less caffeine than coffee, although it is absorbed longer.
The caffeine gets to the fetus through the placenta, but it is not digested, and this badly affects the baby. Black tea contains a lot of useful substances – theobromine, theophylline, vitamins C, K, PP, B, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, fluorine. Green tea contains even more medicinal substances, and it is preferable during pregnancy, because it positively affects the permeability and elasticity of blood vessels. Green tea helps to normalize the pressure, which is also very important during pregnancy. It promotes the hardening of tooth enamel. Experts advise drinking lightly brewed tea. You can also add some milk.
White tea practically does not contain caffeine. It strengthens the immune system, has antibacterial properties, and positively affects the cardiovascular system.
Also, there is a belief that chewing tea leaves helps to cope with toxicosis.
What’s more, you can make a vitamin tea: from black currant, from the leaves of raspberry, currant, cowberry, fruits of a rose hips and mountain ash, leaves of a bilberry, etc.
Useful Properties of Tea and Herbs for Pregnancy
Teas and herbal infusions during pregnancy are recommended to drink not only for pleasure. It is a way to strengthen a reorganizing organism, to saturate it with vitamins and microelements, to minimize the problems associated with bearing a child – toxicosis, swelling, fatigue.
Black tea is the source of magnesium and potassium, calcium and phosphorus, vitamins C, PP, group B. Microelements are needed to maintain the female bone system and to form a baby’s one, to strengthen the heart and reduce vascular permeability. To neutralize unnecessary to the child caffeine, reduce the concentration of tea leaves or add milk. To make the taste brighter and richer in vitamin add rose hips or mint leaves.
Black tea can have a beneficial effect on the body of a pregnant woman.
- Magnesium and potassium improve the work of the heart, help with cramps and tone of the uterus.
- Calcium and phosphorus help to form the bone skeleton of a child and support the bone system of a woman.
- Theobromine and theophylline have a weak diuretic effect. It helps to cope with swelling.
- Minerals and vitamins (C, PP, K) have a beneficial effect on the entire body.
Green tea has higher antioxidant properties than black tea. It strengthens the protective functions of the body, and has a beneficial effect on blood vessels. And yet, doctors recommend limiting the consumption of the drink to 1-2 cups, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. It suppresses the absorption of folic acid and iron. And these are the substances that are necessary for the health of the future baby.
This variety of tea has the same beneficial properties as green tea, but it contains less caffeine. What’s more, white tea has antimicrobial and restorative properties. It contains a lot of calcium and fluoride. This drink relieves fatigue, without toning the nervous system.
This tea has no contraindications during pregnancy. The slightly acid flavor is evidence of a high concentration of vitamin C (useful for preventing colds). It normalizes the pressure, gently fights with constipation, and dilutes bile. Thanks to P-vitamin activity, Hibiscus tea strengthens the blood vessels of the placenta, improving the blood supply to the fetus. The drink relaxes the muscles of the uterus, which makes it useful for the threat of miscarriage.
Infusion of rose hips is the best variant of a vitamin drink. In its composition there are 17 trace elements, and 50 times more ascorbic acid than in a lemon. What’s more, it is rich in vitamins A, E, B, K, R. Pregnant women are not only may, but even need to drink this tea to prevent viral infections and colds, and to strengthen the immunity.
Aromatic herbs improve digestion and relax. They have antiemetic effect and relieve nausea. That’s why pregnancy tea with mint or melissa is good for fighting toxicosis.
Chamomile pregnancy tea has become popular among many women as an excellent sedative and analgesic. But it is better to refuse chamomile tea in the first trimester, since the plant stimulates the production of hormones that raise the tone of the uterus, and this is fraught with the interruption of pregnancy. At a later date, you can drink this tea, but not more than 1 cup and preferably not every day.
Useful Pregnancy Tea with Herbal Supplements
- Tea with mint (in limited quantities) is good to drink in the morning if you suffer from nausea. It improves digestion and relieves edema.
- Addition of raspberries, black currants, and rosehips to the tea creates a rich in vitamins and minerals (iron) drink.
- Chamomile pregnancy tea. It has anti-inflammatory properties, contains calcium and magnesium, and also helps with insomnia.
- Bergamot pregnancy tea. The tea contains antioxidants, strengthens immunity, autonomic nervous system, and improves appetite. It contains as much caffeine as green tea, so it is better not to drink it too often.
- Pregnancy tea with ginger. Helps overcome the symptoms of early toxicosis.
- With jasmine. The tea has sedative properties. Helps with insomnia, and relaxes the muscles.
- Tea with lemon and honey. This tea is suitable only for those who don’t have any allergies to these foods. It perfectly strengthens immunity and copes with cold.
What Tea Is Contraindicated during Pregnancy?
Even though tea is useful, pregnant women shouldn’t drink a lot of it. In addition, a large amount of green tea can adversely affect the fetus, as it interferes with the body’s absorption of folic acid, which is very necessary for the development of the child.
Not All Medicinal Herbs Are Equally Useful
Keep in mind that not all herbal teas are useful in pregnancy. First of all it concerns medicinal herbal tea. It can include plants that can adversely affect the development of the fetus and even provoke miscarriages. Which herbs is it better to avoid?
- Plants that have abortive properties. Due to the fact that they increase the tone of the uterus and increase the flow of blood to the genitals, in the old days they were used to terminate pregnancy. These plants include tansy, parsley, calendula, sage, ledum, oregano.
- Herbs that affect the composition and coagulability of the blood can lead to the unpredictable consequences for the fetus. These are melilot, arnica, nettle, yarrow, burnet bloodwort.
- Toxic plants are also dangerous, especially for the child, – celandine, mistletoe, honeysuckle, wormwood.
- During pregnancy, the hormonal background of a woman is unstable, so you should avoid herbs that stimulate or inhibit the production of hormones. These include licorice, corn silk, St. John’s wort, cones of hops.
And most importantly. If you doubt the usefulness of this or that plant collection, do not know how it will affect the child, consult a gynecologist. Do not risk the health of an unborn baby!
No matter how safe herbal teas seem to be, adhere to the following rules while drinking them
Do not drink one kind or collection of herbs. After 1-1,5 weeks of drinking a certain type of tea, take a break for 7-10 days. This is due to the fact that biologically active components of plants are accumulated in your body. Their overabundance can lead to negative reactions of the organism.
Do not drink too much herbal tea, no matter how delicious and aromatic they may be. Safe dose is 1-2 cups a day.
Reduce the strength of herbal tea twice as recommended by the manufacturer. If a tablespoon is provided for a glass of boiling water, take a teaspoon. Moderation in everything is the golden rule for a woman who is preparing to become a mother.
What Pregnancy Tea Is Recommended? What Is the Right Dose?
Women who love black or green tea may not worry. These drinks are not prohibited, but because of the caffeine contained in them, the amount of drink should be reduced to 1-2 cups a day. Also, caffeine can be neutralized with milk. Thus, you will get a delicious drink, enriched with protein and calcium.
At all stages of pregnancy, vitamin drinks from fruits and herbs are useful. These include rose hips, blueberries, sea-buckthorn, black currant leaves, strawberries, etc.
A good aromatic additive to tea or self-brewing is the pharmacy herbs permitted during pregnancy – mint, lemon balm (in the first trimester), lime blossom, thyme, chamomile, etc.