Some women like their tea with sweeteners and some with lots of gossip! And if you are expecting, take my advice- have your tea caffeine-free, infused with the richness of herbs.
You might want to cut the caffeine and avoid tea in pregnancy, but what about the craving that takes you back to the tea again and again. Try herbal options.
Herbal teas are made from the leaves, roots, seeds, flowers, and berries of certain plants and they also have certain health benefits. What a lot of us don’t know is that not all herbal teas are suitable for drinking in pregnancy.
They are definitely a better option than caffeinated drinks but must be ingested with caution and care. The herbs that FDA approves for food are deemed safe for teas also. But if you are pregnant, there are only specific herbal teas that you can consume. So read the labels carefully before buying your herbal tea.
- Pregnancy safe herbal teas are safe for expectant moms and provide an effective solution to many pregnancy symptoms.
I have compiled a list of herbs that are safe for pregnant women and can be consumed even post delivery for added benefits of lactation and nutrition.
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger is a herb that is known to relieve nausea, heartburn and keeps you refreshed and satiated. You can prepare a homemade concoction by adding few ginger pieces into a bowl of boiling water. Brew it for a while and strain and drink it up to three times a day.
2. Chamomile Flowers Tea
Chamomile is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that protect the skin and fight off all infections.
Tea derived from the flowers of the chamomile plant has soothing effects that help you with a good night’s sleep. It is known for its calming nature and will help put your jittery nerves to ease.
3. Raspberry Leaf Tea
One of my favourites, this is one of the best teas for pregnancy. The ingredients in this herb are safe for intake by pregnant moms. Women can start drinking one cup a day from their 24th week and increase it to three cups by the 37th week. The tea contains good amounts of vitamin B complex, calcium, and magnesium and prepares the uterus for labor. Regular sipping of this tea from the second trimester builds the immune system of the mother and prevents postpartum haemorrhage. This uterine tonic reduces instances of birth interventions and also boosts the breast milk supply.
- Drink this tea towards the end of your pregnancy to prepare your body for labor and childbirth. This tea is not recommended for intake in the first two trimesters as it may cause contractions.
4. Dandelion Leaf Tea
Dandelion leaf tea has a grassy bitter taste, so add it to another tea to derive its benefits. For women who face problems of fluid retention, this tea could provide miraculous relief. Dandelion leaves have potassium and are known to the eradicate problems of edema.
5. Peppermint Leaf Tea
If you are suffering from morning sickness issues like nausea, heartburn, and vomiting, try sipping this tea. The pleasant minty aroma and taste will provide relief from discomfort.
6. Lemon Balm Tea
A soothing tea, lemon balm has a pacifying effect. It treats problems of insomnia, anxiety and restlessness
7. Fennel Tea
This age-old herbs has always been used for culinary purposes and consumed as a mouth-freshener. A concoction made out of aniseeds in boiling water is a wonderful galactagogue for increasing the breast milk supply.
It is administered to a mother post delivery to increase the milk supply. This tea also relieves the baby of a troubled tummy and gas issues.
8. Aniseed Tea
Another superb herb for postpartum healing, Aniseed is given to women post-delivery for better lactation.
It also passes through the mother’s milk and reaches the baby. It serves as a miraculous remedy for an upset stomach and colic problems.
Expectant moms have varied tastes and preferences in pregnancy. Teas made from herbs are not only safe they also provide relief from pregnancy symptoms.