Are Herbal Teas Safe During Pregnancy?

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Are Herbal Teas Safe During Pregnancy?

Becoming pregnant is undoubtedly one of a woman’s most transformative and exciting experiences. As I embarked on this incredible journey in 2022, my days were filled with a mix of joy, anticipation, and a myriad of questions. Including ‘Is it safe to drink herbal teas[1] when pregnant.’?

Having been a dedicated practitioner of Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM),[2] the role of herbal teas, particularly my own Damnoosh® blends, had been ingrained in my daily rituals for years. However, the shift to pregnancy prompted a reassessment of my choices as I sought to balance enjoying my beloved DamnooshÒ with the well-being of the growing life within me.

The landscape of herbal teas during pregnancy is nuanced, with some varieties considered safe while others may pose potential risks[3]. Acknowledging the limited research available on the effects of herbal teas, specifically on pregnant women, is crucial. This knowledge gap necessitates a cautious approach, with consultation with healthcare providers being the cornerstone of informed decision-making.

What Herbal Teas Are Safe During Pregnancy

TPM, approaches the therapeutic use of herbal teas through the lens of energetics. It values the healing properties of herbs and fruits based on their elemental composition, their effects during and after digestion (absorption), and their heating or cooling qualities for the body. Recognising that every individual has a unique temperament, TPM has identified several herbal teas that have historically been deemed safer for consumption during pregnancy.

Safe Herbal Teas During Pregnancy: A Traditional Persian Medicine Perspective

Peppermint Tea:

Renowned for its soothing properties, peppermint tea is often recommended to alleviate nausea and digestive discomfort during pregnancy.

Ginger Tea:

With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea is believed to help mitigate morning sickness and nausea, providing relief for expectant mothers.

Lemon Balm Tea:

Known for its calming effects, lemon balm tea is considered a safe option that may help promote relaxation during pregnancy.

While these herbal teas have been historically embraced within TPM, it is important to recognise that individual responses may vary. Pregnant individuals should consider their unique needs and consult healthcare providers for personalised guidance.

Herbal Teas to Avoid During Pregnancy: A Cautionary Note

Despite the potential benefits of herbal teas, some varieties should be avoided during pregnancy due to potential risks:

Sage Tea:

Sage tea has been associated with interference with uterine contractions, making it a herbal tea to steer clear of during pregnancy.

Dong Quai:

A traditional Chinese herb, Dong Quai is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, making it unsuitable for pregnant individuals.

Mistletoe:

This parasitic plant may cause uterine contractions and bleeding, posing potential harm during pregnancy.

Creating a Herbal Tea and Pregnancy Checklist

Navigating the world of herbal teas during pregnancy requires a thoughtful approach. Here’s a checklist to guide expectant mothers:

Consult Your Healthcare Provider:

The safest action is to consult with your healthcare provider, who can offer personalised guidance based on your needs and pregnancy history.

Moderation and Simplicity:

While herbal teas offer potential benefits, moderation and simplicity are key. Stick to a single cup of herbal tea daily and avoid mixing multiple herbs.

Balanced Approach:

Remember that herbal teas should complement, not replace, a balanced diet, adequate rest, and regular prenatal care. The primary focus should always be on nurturing your well-being and that of your growing child.

A great source to find more information is Healthline.

Celebrate the Journey:

Pregnancy is a precious journey, and the best approach is one that cherishes and nurtures both your well-being and the well-being of your developing child.

In conclusion, the safety of herbal teas during pregnancy lies in a balanced and informed approach. By blending ancient wisdom with modern understanding, expectant mothers can embrace the benefits of herbal infusions while safeguarding the health and vitality of their pregnancy journey.

Love & Light

Sherry

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/herbal-tea

[2] https://ijph.tums.ac.ir/index.php/ijph/article/view/2879

[3] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding/breastfeeding-and-lifestyle/diet/

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