Is Green Tea Safe During Pregnancy?
Green tea is not actually classed as a herbal tea and contains just a little less caffeine than regular tea. Too much caffeine can have harmful effects on your pregnancy. Therefore, a daily cup of green tea during pregnancy may help to relax or energize you but you should avoid drinking more than that. Read on for all the ins and outs on pregnancy and green tea.
Is Green Tea Good for Pregnancy?
Green tea is often touted as a miracle tea. It has been credited with lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, and even speeding up the metabolism and helping people to lose weight.
But it is not a herbal tea. Like black teas, it contains caffeine, which means you should limit your intake of green tea during pregnancy. Because you should keep caffeine consumption under 200mg, a cup or two a day is fine, but drinking it like it’s water is not recommended. You should also consider your consumption of other caffeinated products (like soda, chocolate, and coffee) when deciding how much green tea is safe during pregnancy.
What about Decaf Green Tea and Pregnancy?
If you love your green tea and don’t want to cut down too much during your pregnancy, switch to decaf! You get the same flavors without the effects of caffeine crossing your placenta.
Alternatives to Drinking Green Tea During Pregnancy:
Clean, fresh water is the very best way to stay hydrated during your pregnancy. But, if you’re looking for a tasty alternative to green tea, there are lots of great herbal teas that are great for pregnancy. Just check the caffeine content and consult your midwife if you’re unsure. Why not try:
- Peppermint tea.
- Raspberry leaf tea.
- Lemon balm tea.
Like anything else, moderation is a good idea. Check out our reviews of herbal teas for pregnancy here.
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