• Herbal Teas When Pregnant? 21 May 2013 | View comments

  • Herbal Teas and pregnancy

    Most mums love a warm cup of tea. But during pregnancy it is crucial not to exceed certain levels of caffeine. Herbal teas are a good alternative. But you need to be a bit careful. As some herbs certainly have beneficial effects others should be better avoided during pregnancy. For example: A cup of camomile or fennel tea with honey and a dry biscuit before getting out of bed can be helpful to avoid nausea or morning sickness.


    Also ginger tea is recommended to soothe morning sickness.


    You might find a cup of nettle tea helpful to avoid fluid retention but not more than one cup a day. For colds you will find that a cup of thyme tea and an infusion of linden blossom will ease flu symptoms. Another pregnancy favourite is fennel. It helps with stomach bloating, tummy ache and constipation.

    For example raspberry tea often recommended by midwives, can be mixed with fennel, aniseed and caraway. This blend is also helpful if you suffer from constipation in the last trimester. Lemon balm (melissa) is a good choice too because it is calming and will help you to relax before the big day.

    What if you are overdue and you actually want to induce labour? Try cinnamon tea: A whole stick of cinnamon boiled in hot water for a few minutes, let it cool and try one or two cups of it but no more. Together with a spicy curry it may be even more effective.

    Avoid infusions that contain: rosemary, sage, vermouth, mugwort, common yarrow, juniper and parsley and throughout pregnancy, as well as green tea (unless it is organic) and cinnamon for the first 6 months.

    Enjoy this wonderful time and a relax whenever you can with a nice cup of (herbal) tea.

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