Herbal tea is a healthy, delicious alternative to caffeinated drinks. But when you’re pregnant, you have to watch out for the safety of some ingredients. Here are 10 herbal teas that are OK to drink while pregnant, plus tips on how to prepare them.
Ginger has long been used as a safe remedy for nausea, particularly during pregnancy. It can also relax your stomach muscles and act as an anti-inflammatory. If you’re suffering from morning sickness, try making ginger tea yourself with fresh ginger root or purchase it at the store (check the label to make sure no other ingredients are added).
Peppermint is known for its healing properties that can calm an upset stomach and ease headaches. Peppermint contains menthol, which creates the pleasant taste and smell of mint. Mint is generally considered safe during pregnancy but should be limited to less than one cup per day because it may increase contractions in some women who are already at risk of preterm labor.
Nettles are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re known to increase milk production in breastfeeding women and can also treat anemia (low iron). Make sure that the nettle you buy is organic. Non-organic plants may be sprayed with pesticides that could be harmful to your baby. Dried leaves make a good alternative to fresh ones when brewing tea.
Chamomile is not only tasty but very nutritious! It’s been used for centuries as a treatment for stomach aches and cramps because it relaxes muscles in your digestive tract while soothing any discomfort or pain. As a bonus, it’s naturally caffeine-free so you get all of its benefits with none of the side effects.
Red Raspberry Tea
Red raspberry leaf tea is known for its ability to tone your uterus and prevent hemorrhaging during childbirth. In preparation for birth, drink two cups daily starting in early pregnancy. It’s safe to drink red raspberry leaf tea during labor as well because it will help keep your uterus working properly after you give birth. It may also shorten labor, but only a little bit (so don’t rely on it instead of getting an epidural if that’s what you want).
Astragalus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat respiratory infections like colds and flu symptoms by strengthening the immune system. Pregnant women looking to prevent illness should drink astragalus tea – but not before the fourth month of pregnancy because the herb may encourage the uterus to contract (which is good, but only in later stages).
Cinnamon contains more than 20 different health-boosting antioxidants and is packed with vitamins and minerals as well. It’s also an excellent source of manganese which helps prevent osteoporosis. If you’re craving sweet foods that aren’t necessarily healthy for your baby, cinnamon tea can satisfy those cravings without any negative side effects like weight gain.
Red Clover Tea
Red clover has been used since medieval times as a treatment for respiratory problems like coughs and colds due to its high calcium content. Red clover can also relieve menstrual cramps, help reduce blood pressure and regulate the menstrual cycle. It’s not recommended for pregnant women until after the third trimester because it may stimulate menstruation which could trigger early labor in some cases.
Green tea is not only delicious but also very nutritious! Drinking green tea regularly (at least 2 cups daily) can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer by blocking cell damage caused by free radicals that are naturally produced in your body. The antioxidants in green tea have also been shown to protect against sunburns so you can enjoy being outdoors without worrying about getting burned! Pregnant women should drink up to 3 cups of organic green tea per day.
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic that can help reduce swelling in your feet and hands by flushing out excess water from your body. The diuretic properties in dandelion will also relieve fluid retention and improve digestion, making it a great remedy for morning sickness.
There are actually hundreds of herbal teas that can help you prepare for childbirth. Remember to use herbs in moderation because too much caffeine may trigger contractions which could put your child’s life at risk. Don’t let nausea or morning sickness keep you from enjoying the happiness of early pregnancy! Drink up to 3 cups of herbal tea daily, starting in your second trimester, to get rid of unpleasant symptoms while protecting your baby from harm.