Nov 15, 2012 - Health, Tips    No Comments

Herbal Teas During Pregnancy

There are herbal teas and non herbal teas. The non herbal teas mostly contain caffeine which they can be healthy if you are NOT pregnant, because of the antioxidants, but the baby in your belly can’t process the caffeine as an adult can.

However the herbal teas are caffeine free so that is not the issue. But you should be proper informed about which herbal teas are good and which are not. Like my previous post there are good herbs and unsafe ones that you don’t want to mess with. Usually the teas labeled as Pregnancy Teas contain good herbs that can help during pregnancy, like red raspberry leafs.

A list of herbs that are used in teas and how safe or unsafe they are:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf (Likely Safe) – Rich in iron, this herb has helped tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains.  Many of the “Pregnancy Teas” commonly contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy.
    There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.
  • Peppermint Leaf (Likely Safe) – Helpful in relieving nausea/morning sickness and flatulence.
  • Lemon Balm (Likely Safe) – Has a calming effect and helps relieve irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
  • Ginger root (Possibly Safe) -Helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Dandelion (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) Rich in Vitamin A, calcium and iron; dandelion root and leaf can also help relieve mild edema and nourish the liver.
  • Chamomile (German) (Insufficient Reliable Information Available)High in calcium and magnesium, also helps with sleeplessness and inflammation of joints.
  • Nettles (Stinging Nettles) (Likely Unsafe) High in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. Used in many “Pregnancy Teas” because it is a great all-around pregnancy tonic. (*Note on the safety of nettles: Natural Medicines Database gives nettles a rating of Likely Unsafe, even though it is used in countless pregnancy teas and recommended by most midwives and herbalists. This may be in relation to which part of the nettles plant is used, the root or the leaves, and how much is used. According to other sources, the use of nettles is encouraged during pregnancy because of all its health benefits.)
  • Rose Hips (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) – Very good source of Vitamin C and helps boost the immune system.
  • Alfalfa (Possibly Unsafe) – Has Vitamin A, D, E and K; particularly good in later pregnancy to boost Vitamin K, which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Yellow Dock (Possibly Unsafe) – Used to help treat anemia in pregnant women due to the high level of iron. Also contains Vitamins A, C and calcium. *(This may also be used as a laxative–talk with your health care provider about the use of yellow dock during pregnancy).

Source: American Pregnancy Association – Herbal Teas

I will get myself some red raspberry leafs for sure when the time comes, on my second trimester. I now drink very large cup of Chamomile tea every morning for the past few years, because all I know about it is that it is healthy to drink it. Is good for digestion, for when you have intestinal cramps and pain, for nausea and for digestive tract infections and airways, when you have a cold. So maybe the Chamomile here is not the German one they refer to, first because I’m not in Germany and second because there can be more types of the same plant.

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