In pregnancy, there are many things to consider. This also applies to the enjoyment of tea during pregnancy. Many teas have positive properties on the well-being of the mother and the development of the child. But there are also teas that you should avoid. Tips for tea during pregnancy can be found here!

What is there to consider in general?

It is especially important not to drink too much of a tea variety. Even teas, which are good during pregnancy, you should only drink in moderation. So be sure to add variety to your diet to avoid unwanted side effects. In addition, there are certain plants, especially in herbal mixtures, that should not be consumed during pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy and caffeine

Caffeine-containing beverages should only be drunk in small amounts during pregnancy. Teas such as green tea and black tea, like coffee, also contain the stimulating caffeine. The same applies to white tea or oolong tea. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that pregnant women drink no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day. Depending on the type of tea, this corresponds to about two to three cups of tea. An analysis by BMC Medicine concluded that increased consumption of caffeinated teas during pregnancy can lead to a reduced weight of the fetus. The amount of caffeine absorbed should therefore be kept low during pregnancy.

You can read more about caffeine and the content of each tea here: Contribution about caffeine in tea

 

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Various herbs are helpful in pregnancy

Statement by a midwife

The Friends of Tea are tea experts. When it comes to pregnancy, however, we are at the end of our knowledge. That’s why we took a woman off the field. The budding midwife Mrs. Hannah Mühleis was kind enough to give us the following tips for consuming tea and eating during pregnancy:

 

General information on nutrition

“During pregnancy, attention should be paid to a balanced basic diet. A balanced acid-base balance is the best basis for health during and out of pregnancy. Drinking during pregnancy is very important. The most important thing is water. It should be cold or warm and without carbonic acid. Up to two litres a day is enough.”

 

Recommended teas in pregnancy

“The basic diet also includes teas. However, red fruit teas should be avoided as far as possible. Herbal teas are recommended. Free cups a day suffice. A proven herbal tea is the “basentee” is a mixture of nettle leaves, lime blossoms, dandelion root, marigold, yarrow and lemon verbena.”

 

Recommended tea blends during pregnancy

“The “pregnancy tea” is a tea blend that has been tried and tested for decades. It consists of nettle weed, women’s coat, raspberry leaves, St. John’s wort, balm leaves, yarrow herb, and tin herb.

The herbs in the pregnancy tea have the following effect:

  • Women’s coat supports hormone production during pregnancy.
  • Raspberry leaves loosen the muscles, especially in the small basin.
  • Nettle leaves and tin herb stimulate kidney excretion in addition, nettle herb promotes iron absorption in the blood.
  • St. John’s wort has a nerve-boosting effect and soothes balm leaves.
  • The yarrow herb has a spasmolytic and also an anti-inflammatory effect.

A tea mixture should be drunk for an extended period of time in order to promote body function positively in good time. However, you should not overdose and pause for one to two weeks during pregnancy.”

 

Forbidden Tees

During pregnancy, black and green tea as well as coffee should be dispensed with. According to current studies, the consumption of caffeinated beverages during pregnancy should be minimized. Daily consumption of drinks can lead to a low birth weight in the child. Caffeine is a narcotic and passes through the mother’s blood through the placenta to the child. This automatically absorbs the fabric. However, the child does not yet have any enzymes to break down caffeine.

The child is overexcited and awake. A permanent or subsequent impairment of the child has not yet been clearly shown in the study results. In addition, caffeine causes acidification in the mother’s body, confusing the acid-base balance. Caffeine-containing tea or coffee should be seen during pregnancy only as a pleasure and not as a daily consumption.

Thank you very much to Mrs Mühleis at this point.

 

Herbal teas – these varieties are recommended during pregnancy

 

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Pregnant women should only drink caffeinated teas in small amounts

 

 

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Raspberry leaves

Midwives often recommend raspberry leaves during pregnancy. The raspberry leaf tea is intended to relax the muscles in the area of the pelvis and strengthen the uterus and the uterine muscles. Because of the blow-promoting effect, raspberry leaves should only be consumed from the 37th week of pregnancy. Three to four cups are allowed throughout the day.

Ginger

In general, ginger is considered healthy and should have many positive properties on the body. Many women are often bad during pregnancy. In case of nausea and vomiting, ingenuity should provide relief. But beware – in excessive amounts, ginger should have a slightly blowing effect. Ginger values should therefore only be enjoyed in moderation.

Sage

Sage is especially helpful for digestive problems. An infusion of fresh sage leaves should help to dissolve cramps in the stomach and intestines. But again, the tea should not be drunk in too large quantities and over too long a period of time.

Chamomile

Chamomile tea is the classic par excellence when it comes to complaints. Chamomile is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect, have a good effect on the stomach and intestines, and promote sleep. Especially in the evening, a cup of chamomile tea can often have a very beneficial effect and relax body and soul.

Rooibos & Honeybush

The South African Rooibos tea is appreciated by many tea drinkers for its pleasant taste. In addition, the tea is completely free of caffeine and can be consumed without hesitation by pregnant women. The mild-sweet honeybush tea is also a great alternative to traditional tea. Rooibos also contains many minerals and iron.

 

You should be careful with these teas

Green tea and black tea in pregnancy

When consuming caffeinated teas during pregnancy, such as green tea and black tea, one should be careful during pregnancy. According to EFSA, an amount of 200 mg should be safe, which is equivalent to about two to three cups of green or black tea. The WHO recommends not to intake more than 300 mg of caffeine. What is clear is that it should not be drunk too much caffeine during pregnancy. In case of doubt, complete renunciation is probably the best option.

Woe-stimulating teas

Some herbs and plants can stimulate contractions. In addition to the raspberry leaves, there are other plants whose infusions can be blowing. These include, for example, weed (such as verveine or lemon verbena), blackberry leaves, cumin, women’s coat, cloves or yarrow. Ginger also has a slightly blow-promoting effect in large quantities.

Licorice

Tea blends with liquorice should be enjoyed with caution. A long-term study in Finland in the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that the substance glycyrrhizin contained in liquorice (and liquorice) can negatively affect the child’s development. Consumption of liquorice or liquorice is therefore discouraged during pregnancy.

 

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The tea plant Camellia Sinensis

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