Tea for Pregnancy
What tea to drink when pregnant
Tea for pregnancy or breastfeeding is a tea that is considered safe for you or for your baby during these stages of your life.
Certain herbal teas can help with nausea or morning sickness during the first stages of pregnancy and later may help bring on birth.
Once your baby is born, you may need to increase breast milk to guarantee that your baby gets enough nourishment and some teas may help.
Most regular teas may not be suited to take during pregnancy or nursing, so it is time to check out what teas have the best benefits for you and your baby’s health.
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The Best Tea for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
A good herbal tea may help you when you are pregnant or breastfeeding and need to find natural solutions to health issues that you used to treat with medication.
With the approval of your doctor you may find that there are a lot of flavorful teas you may drink.
Alfalfa tea - this herb makes a great infusion to provide you with nourishment and strength during pregnancy.
Dandelion tea – this is a great tea to drink in the later stages of pregnancy, it is rich in potassium.
Ginger tea – take a cup of this spicy herbal tea to help fight those bouts of morning sickness. Improve your digestion with ginger.
Nettle leaf tea – rich in iron, magnesium and calcium, minerals which are great to help your baby to grow inside you and to replenish essential minerals that your body needs during pregnancy.
Peppermint tea – another perfect cup of tea for pregnancy when you are feeling a bit queasy in the morning. Great for early stages of pregnancy in small amounts.
Raspberry leaf tea – this herbal tea is known for preparing the uterus for labor. Rich in minerals it is a tea to be used from the 2nd trimester onwards.
Rooibos tea – great tea to replace your green and black teas as it is caffeine free. It also helps with digestion and is quite rich in antioxidants making it a great nourishing tea.
Citrus peel tea – safe to drink, great to increase your vitamin levels and build your defenses, particularly beneficial when you can’t resort to medications to cure the common cold.
Fennel tea – in small amounts, this herb helps your digestion and at the same time may help increase your production of breast milk.
Fenugreek tea – this digestive herb can also be used to make a tea that helps to increase milk flow. So along with better absorption of the essential nutrients your body needs, you will also be feeding your little one better.
Ginger tea – when breastfeeding most medications and antibiotics are considered off limits. So take ginger tea when you when to cure a cold or make digestion easier. Added benefit for your baby: this herbal tea promotes the flow of breast milk.
Milk Thistle tea – here is another tea to make your breastfeeding days easier. Taken in small amounts, this tea helps to boost breast milk. It also helps to detoxify the liver and therefore improve your hormone balance.
Raspberry tea – this tea for pregnancy may also be drunk while nursing your baby. It will stimulate the production of breastfeeding milk, an essential element for your baby’s health. Added bonus: this tea strengthens the uterus helping to relieve pains caused by childbirth.
Rooibos tea – as a tea with no caffeine, it has a wonderful flavor and plenty of antioxidants that can easily replace your green or black tea. It is also said to help with colic in infants.
So there seems to be a lot of choice available and these are just some suggestions you can run by your doctor or your child’s pediatrician. Let’s take a quick look at other herbal teas you may wish to try.
Other Herbal Teas for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is important to eat, but even more so, it is important to eat and drink right. So here are some other herbs that may make your safe herbal tea list.
Other Pregnancy Teas:
For nausea: chamomile (small amounts), slippery elm, spearmint
For anxiety or lack of sleep: chamomile (small amounts), lemon balm
For nourishment and immunity: garlic,
rosehip, slippery elm
Other Breastfeeding Teas
For more breast milk:
anise, borage, goat’s rue,
For less breast milk or weaning: black walnut, herb Robert, lemon balm, oregano,
parsley, peppermint, periwinkle herb,
Suggestions and Tips
So what are safe or unsafe pregnancy teas or breastfeeding teas?
During pregnancy and breastfeeding your body dictates your needs and wants and as there are two people completely alike, what is safe for you may not be safe for your friends and vice-versa. Here are some tips that may help.
Talk to your doctor about what teas you like to drink and confirm whether they are safe or not. Your doctor may want to monitor with proper exams any effects of herbs you may be ingesting.
Reduce your caffeine intake, which may mean that you may have to stop drinking black and green tea.
Always check the ingredients on any herbal blends you buy to make sure there are no hidden herbs that may be unsafe for you.
Stay away from teas that are normally recommended for PMS, dieting, cleansing or laxative action. Herbs that help regulate your menstruation are harmful during pregnancy.
Check with your child’s pediatrician if your baby may have an allergic reaction to any of your regular herbal teas you drink while breastfeeding.
Most herbs have not undergone proper testing so there may not be enough information about them. Follow your doctor’s advice and be aware of any changes to your baby’s behavior when drinking herbal teas.
Reduce your intake of caffeine. Make sure to drink only teas that contain no caffeine.
Drink your herbal tea for pregnancy with caution, make sure to read all the ingredients in packets, watch out for the herbs that only appear in the ingredient list and that may be harmful.
For example, goldenseal is often paired with echinacea and may be toxic for babies and hinder development
With good information and your doctor’s help you can keep enjoying teas throughout the pregnancy and nursing stages. You may find fascinating flavors in new herbs that you will want to keep drinking in the future.
May the right tea for pregnancy help bring you joy and comfort!
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