Pregnancy

Are “Pregnancy Teas” Safe for Drinking

“Pregnancy teas” (herbal teas concocted especially for the benefit of pregnant women) are a great way to support pregnancy health and provide additional sources of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and iron. However, the FDA cautions women who consume these herbal teas. Pregnancy teas are naturally caffeine free, but there are mixed opinions on the safety of herbal teas, for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. Herbal teas are those that are made from the roots, flowers, berries, flowers, leaves and seeds of a variety of plants. These teas can be used as medicinal remedies.

Herbs Used in Teas

The common ingredients that are found in herbal teas include:

  • Red Raspberry leaf:

    Red raspberry leaf is rich in iron and helps tone the uterus. It also decreases nausea and eases labor pains. Red raspberry leaf tea claims to promote uterine health during pregnancy, but there is a controversy whether it is safe to drink during the second and third trimester. Before drinking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy, consult your doctor and do some research on your own to weigh the pros and cons.

  • Peppermint leaf:

    Peppermint leaf is helpful in relieving nausea or morning sickness.

  • Lemon Balm:

    Lemon balm has a calming effect and helps relieve insomnia, irritability and anxiety.

  • Ginger root:

    Ginger root helps relieve nausea and vomiting.

Common Unsafe Herbs During Pregnancy

Some of the common herbs that can potentially stimulate the uterus include:

  • Fennel
  • Nettle leaf
  • Sassafras
  • Hibiscus
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Anise
  • Licorice root
  • Ephedra
  • Chamomile

Safe Pregnancy Teas

There are many teas that fall under the category of pregnancy teas. Medical Health professionals and midwives who work with herbs believe that consumption of these teas can prevent complications of pregnancy like preterm labor, preeclampsia, and postpartum hemorrhage. You can make your own simple herbal tea by adding apples, lemons, limes, cinnamon, pineapples, mint leaves, and pears to boiling water. If you are interested in the benefits of pregnancy teas, talk with to your midwife or doctor about useful herbal teas that can be consumed without any side effects to you or your baby.

Note:

Do not make a tea from any plant that is growing in your garden, unless you know what it is and whether it is safe to drink as tea. Do your research on all the ingredients in your pregnancy tea to make sure none of them have side effects that could harm you or your baby.

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