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Tea during pregnancy: what is healthy now and what is not

by Josephine Andrews
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Tea during pregnancy is highly recommended: in addition to water and diluted fruit juices, herbal and fruit teas can cover the increased fluid requirement during this time. In winter, tea is also good for warming up, and in summer you can refresh yourself with a chilled tea. But are all types of tea allowed during pregnancy? Or should you avoid certain varieties? Read more about tea during pregnancy here.

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Many midwives recommend raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy. It is intended to loosen the tissue and muscles in the pelvic area, strengthen the uterus and stimulate the uterine muscles. Because of the effect it has to stimulate labour, raspberry leaf tea should only be drunk regularly from the 35th week of pregnancy (in consultation with the midwife or gynaecologist). Three to four cups are then allowed throughout the day.   

mint tea

Pregnancy is often accompanied, at least temporarily, by nausea and heartburn . Peppermint tea can help here, because the essential oils of the plant have an antispasmodic effect on the stomach , intestines and bile ducts. However, like raspberry leaf tea, peppermint tea has been associated with the occurrence of uterine contractions when consumed in large quantities. So ask your midwife or doctor for advice first.

sage tea

Pregnancy is often accompanied by digestive problems. A cup of sage tea has an antispasmodic effect and calms the stomach and intestines. However, sage tea should only be drunk in small quantities and never over a longer period of time. Otherwise, the tannin contained in sage (e.g. rosmarinic acid) and its astringent effect can cause the uterus to contract – premature contractions and even premature births or miscarriages cannot be ruled out. Sage also contains thujone, a substance that is toxic in high doses. If sage tea is medically necessary, the use must be discussed with the doctor.

ginger tea

Pregnancy is generally a phase in which, to be on the safe side, no type of tea should be drunk in large quantities and over a long period of time. This also applies to ginger tea: it is actually very helpful, as it relieves nausea, stomach problems and vomiting. However, ginger is also said to have a slight contraction-inducing effect, which is why ginger tea should no longer be drunk, especially from the third month of pregnancy.

Camomile tea

Pregnancy often makes women sleep poorly. A cup of chamomile tea can help and promote peaceful sleep. Above all, chamomile is recommended for inflammatory or spasmodic gastrointestinal diseases, irritation, heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Black tea

Pregnancy is a time when women should consume caffeinated beverages in moderation. In addition to coffee, these include black tea. The reason for the recommendation is the content of stimulating caffeine (formerly called theine), which also has an effect on the unborn child. In addition, black tea impairs the absorption of iron from food and promotes constipation . Therefore, drink a maximum of two to three cups a day.

Green tea

Unlike black tea, green tea is not fermented. It contains numerous minerals and many bitter substances, which stimulate bile production and promote digestion . Due to the caffeine content, it has a general stimulating effect like black tea, but less strongly. In addition, the stimulating effect of green tea sets in less quickly. However, the same recommendation applies to drinking quantity: a maximum of two to three cups of green tea per day are permitted.

Pregnancy: Caution with other types of tea

Caution should also be exercised with other types of tea during pregnancy. For example, pregnant women should not drink large amounts of fennel, aniseed and lemongrass tea for a long time. Because all plants contain substances that can cause cancer in animal experiments in high concentrations.

Other types of tea, such as raspberry leaf tea, should only be drunk in the last weeks of pregnancy because they are also said to stimulate labor. This applies, for example, to infusions of blackberry leaves, yarrow, verbena , cumin, wormwood and lady ‘s mantle .

Also, pregnant women should not drink more than two to three cups of herbal tea blends containing licorice root. Licorice root is found in liquorice and often in herbal tea as well. Its ingredient glycyrrhizin, in very high amounts, presumably increases the risk of premature birth .

Tea during pregnancy: variety and moderation

As with food, the same applies to tea during pregnancy : make sure you have variety – change the type of tea more often and do not drink the same tea in larger quantities and over a longer period of time. This prevents any undesirable effects. If you are unsure which tea and how much of it you can drink, you should contact your midwife or doctor!

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