During pregnancy, the fragrant drink is able to relieve morning sickness and even reduce the process of childbirth. However, some teas are potentially dangerous during pregnancy and should be avoided!
The ritual of preparing and drinking tea was used for thousands of years, and for good reason. Tea contains polyphenols that can protect your heart, antioxidants that may reduce the risk of cancer and other nutrients that are beneficial to the immune system.
“The herbal teas help to maintain hydration of the body, when women don’t want to drink plain water, says Dr. Amelia Hirota, some of them are excellent sources of important nutrients for pregnancy, including calcium, magnesium and iron.” Ginger and mint herbal teas can help to alleviate morning nauseam, chamomile tea prevents insomnia and leaves of red raspberries promotes more efficient uterine contractions during childbirth. “Many midwives believe that raspberry leaf tones the muscles of uterus that helps to make the fight more effective,” says Hirota.
Teas to be avoided
Some herbal teas are unsafe during pregnancy: they include teas for weight loss, relief of menstrual pains, for desintoxication of the body, as well as those containing black cohosh, blue cohosh, Dong Kwai, etc. Expectant mothers should also avoid herbal laxatives, so read tea labels.
The caffeine in tea
Unlike herbal teas, containing only about 0.4 milligrams of caffeine per Cup, black and green teas contain 40 to 50 milligrams per Cup. Four to five cups of drink during the day – and you got about 200 milligrams of caffeine. A study conducted in Northern California, showed that pregnant women consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine daily, the risk of miscarriage is doubled in comparison with those who avoid the stimulator. But a study conducted by the National institutes of health, found no connection between caffeine, 350 mg and miscarriage. Without accurate scientific data, most experts agree that during pregnancy a woman needs to exercise caution and try to limit caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams a day.
Caffeine is the first substance released into the water during steaming (this occurs within the first 25 seconds). To catch your favorite tea, steep the leaves or bag for 30 seconds, then drain the water and refill the Cup with hot water. A large part of the caffeine is removed.