When you’re pregnant, it can be difficult to know what’s safe to eat and drink. If you’re craving a cup of tea, know that there are safe teas to drink while you’re pregnant. Plus, drinking tea is a smarter choice during pregnancy than drinking caffeinated drinks. Most healthcare professionals advise that you limit your caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams per day.
We’ve gathered info on five types of tea that are fine to drink during pregnancy. (Some of them have even been shown to help in pregnancy and delivery!)
- Ginger tea
Ginger is great for digestion, and it also helps clear up the congestion involved with the common cold. Ginger is a great during pregnancy because it eases nausea and helps the process of digestion. Ginger tea is good particularly during your first trimester when you might be dealing with morning sickness.
You can get pre-made ginger tea, or try this DIY recipe: Chop up some ginger and put it into a teapot filled with water. Once it’s boiling, remove and enjoy. If you’re feeling sick, try putting in a little bit of honey and lemon. And here’s a safe pregnancy replacement for a latte: boil some milk and add in shaved fresh ginger. Let it simmer for a just a little while, and then add honey to sweeten.
2. Peppermint tea
Peppermint is great for treating all kinds of stomach issues. Peppermint tea calms your stomach which will be nice in treating the heartburn and morning sickness that you may experience during your pregnancy. Drinking peppermint tea before you go to bed can ease some of your muscle tension, so that you can sleep better.
3. Stinging Nettle or “Nettle”
Nettle tea has lots of nutritional benefits: it’s loaded with iron, magnesium, and calcium, which are necessary minerals to get during pregnancy. It can also help with stomach issues such as IBS, constipation and bloating. Make sure to ask your OB doctor before you buy nettle tea. It has some stimulating effects; so many professionals recommend that you drink it along with red raspberry leaf tea. Also, look for a nettle tea that contains the leaf and not the root. You can find nettle in many “mother’s teas” intended for pregnancy and breastfeeding, since it helps with the production of breast milk.
4. Rooibos or “red bush” tea
This is one of the best types of tea for pregnant women. It’s caffeine-free and in fact many in South Africa give this tea to their children. It’s packed with lots of anti-oxidant qualities, which is great for your skin! Rooibos is also high in calcium and helps with digestion and stomach issues. Unlike other teas, Rooibos tea also helps your body absorb iron, which is an important mineral for pregnancy and afterwards.
5. Red Raspberry Leaf tea
Red raspberry leaf tea is often recommended by professionals to pregnant women because it’s believed to help tone and strengthen the uterine muscle. This will provide you with a more efficient labor. Red raspberry leaf tea has lots of magnesium, potassium, b-vitamins and iron, and helps with skin issues like eczema and allergies. Because it fuels your uterine muscle, you’ll need to avoid red raspberry leaf tea during your first trimester.
Any of these types of tea will help soothe some of the many pregnancy-related complaints you have!