Most pregnant women, during pregnancy, replace coffee with tea, thinking that it is a healthier option for the baby. Is that really so?
dr. Laura Riley, author of the book “Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week By Week Pregnancy Guide”, claims that drinking herbal teas during pregnancy is not good for either the health of the mother or the health of the baby. The American Association of Pregnant Women recommends only certain types of tea during pregnancy and only if approved by a doctor or midwife.
Most herbal teas that we consume do not contain only the leaves of the plant from which they are made, but a mix of seeds, roots and flowers of many different plants, which always contain a little caffeine.
Pregnant women are especially warned not to drink teas made from red raspberry and nettle leaves, which can cause contractions and premature birth. On the other hand, nettle can be found in a lot of tea blends that are recommended for pregnant women because of the high amount of calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins A, C and K which can be very confusing. Therefore, before using teas containing nettle, consult your doctor who is managing your pregnancy.
“During pregnancy, one should be very careful with the use of vitamins and herbs,” says Dr. Laura Riley. Licorice and dong quai can disrupt hormone levels, while hyssop, chicory and yarrow can stimulate menstruation, which can lead to miscarriage.
If your doctor has recommended that you do not drink tea during pregnancy, make your own healthy version that will certainly not harm you. Boil fruit (oranges, lemons, apples) until you get a mild taste, strain and sweeten with honey. With a drink like this, you are one hundred percent sure that it cannot have a bad effect on your or your baby’s health. Find out which one it is “Forbidden foods during pregnancy”.
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