The teas in charge: what to consume and what to avoid

The teas in charge: what to consume and what to avoid

Article written by Dr. Silviu Istoc, Obstetrics-Gynecology primary physician at Medicover Hospital

The consumption of herbal teas during pregnancy is definitely a wise choice compared to caffeinated beverages. Caffeine-containing drinks have a diuretic effect, reduce nutrient absorption, and decrease adrenal glands. In contrast, herbal teas hydrate, make the intake of nutrients easy to assimilate and nourish the body during pregnancy.

The teas are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps reduce anxiety and stress. Different types of herbal teas can also reduce morning sickness and even prepare the womb for labor.

Healthy teas for pregnancy

1. Ginger tea eliminates nausea, aids the digestion process and relieves stomach problems. Just add four or five slices of fresh ginger root to one cup of boiled water and drink up to three cups a day.

2. Nettle tea It offers a high level of iron, magnesium and calcium and is a very nutritious tea to be consumed during pregnancy. Limit yourself to one or two cups a day.

3. Raspberry leaf tea prepares the uterus for labor and prevents postpartum hemorrhage. It is also high in calcium and magnesium and is sure to be consumed starting with the second trimester of pregnancy. Usually, women should drink one cup a day, from 24 weeks, then up to two cups from 30 weeks, three cups from 36 and three to four cups from 37 weeks.

4. Dandelion tea it is a wonderful support during late pregnancy when fluid retention is a problem. This tea is high in potassium and has a mild but effective diuretic effect. It is advisable to add papad leaves to another tea, as it has a slightly bitter taste.

5. Peppermint tea It is good for relaxing the muscles of the stomach to help resolve the upset stomach, as well as frequent nausea and vomiting at the beginning of pregnancy.

Tea prohibited during pregnancy

According to the researchers, the use of caffeine during pregnancy was directly related to reducing the birth weight of the baby. According to this study, caffeine absorbs rapidly and crosses the placenta easily. After ingestion of 200 mg of caffeine, blood flow to the placenta was found to be reduced by 25%. Cytochrome P450 1A2, the major enzyme involved in caffeine metabolism, is absent in the placenta and fetus. Caffeine also extended the pregnancy duration by 5 hours per 100 mg of caffeine per day. For this reason, teas that are particularly rich in caffeine should be avoided during pregnancy.

Green tea and the one blackare the first on the list of restrictions. This is due to the fact that green tea contains high amounts of caffeine and reduces the absorption of folic acid. So, if you are addicted to green tea, limit your consumption to a maximum of one cup a day or try to supply a green tea without caffeine.

Chai tea contains caffeine, but consumed 1-2 times a week, is fine. You can buy teas from organic shops and healthy cafes. Chamomile tea it is good, as long as there is no history of gout, otherwise it is not recommended during pregnancy.