It is a fact that pregnancy is a period that generates many doubts in women, especially in first-time mothers, who are usually more frightened and everything that happens in their body is a surprise. What is allowed to eat, what is allowed to be taken, what is the best way to sleep, what medications are prohibited, where to go are just some of the questions that many mothers ask during pregnancy.
They are not wrong to have so many doubts, because there are really restrictions of different types, recommended by experts so that there is no negative effect in this period. It is very common, for example, that there is some type of tea prohibited in pregnancy even if it is something natural . But why? That is what we are going to discuss in this article.
Are All Teas Forbidden?
First of all, it is necessary to understand that not all types of teas are prohibited from being taken during pregnancy. In fact, there are many types that are allowed and that do even good for pregnant women. The great danger of this is not knowing what teas are allowed and what type of tea is prohibited in pregnancy.
What Are the Prohibited Teas in Pregnancy?
The list of teas that can cause some kind of problem in pregnant women is long. Many of them can have serious consequences such as malformations in the baby and even abortion , depending on the amount that is ingested. The main teas banned in pregnancy are:
- Arruda Tea
- Buchinha do Norte Tea
- Cinnamon tea
- Mint tea
- Bilberry Tea
- Juniper Tea
- Angelica Root Tea
- Rosemary Tea
- Senna Tea
- Vidreira tea
These are just some of the main types of teas that can have consequences for pregnant women. Of course, not everyone has the habit of taking so many different teas, but it is always important to be aware and know what should and should not be eaten during pregnancy.
Why Do Some Teas Harm Pregnant Women?
Despite the belief that herbs always help your body , many of them can harm you during pregnancy. This is because, as we have already mentioned here, your body is constantly changing and generating another life.
Which means, then, that this other life is still very fragile and is not prepared to receive certain types of substances that to your body may not seem like anything, but that are a real poison for fetuses .
Some teas such as cinnamon, for example, have consequences for the muscles of the uterus, which can severely damage the fetus. Others, such as peppermint, do not have such serious consequences, but they directly interfere with milk production, which may turn out to be a great headache in the future.
Already teas like boldo or rue can cause abortion due to the presence of ascaridol , a toxic substance that fights parasites in the intestine, but that also affects the baby very hard.
There is also the fact that there are not enough scientific studies for every type of herb that we quote here, so it is recommended that you do not risk taking teas from them, as it is not known exactly what the consequences are that they can generate for you or the baby.
Teas That Can Be Taken During Pregnancy
Despite the various restrictions, there are some types of teas that are allowed during pregnancy. Generally the clearest and which have calming or digestive effects are the most indicated in these cases as:
- Lemon balm tea
- Fennel tea
- Chamomile Tea
Even with permission, the most recommendable thing is that the woman does not drink these teas constantly and seek a nutritionist to find out more about how her diet should be during this period.
Important: Roman Chamomile Tea is a prohibited tea in pregnancy and can cause miscarriage, take only conventional chamomile tea.
Alternatives To Teas
Pregnant women should avoid drinking caffeinated drinks , but that does not mean that coffee is a prohibited drink during pregnancy. It can even be an alternative to tea for many women.
The secret is not to exaggerate and know how to dose even chocolate drinks, because your body is more sensitive than normal and any type of excess can affect the baby or even the woman.
As you can see, there are some teas that are forbidden in pregnancy, but there are also those that you can take without any problem. And as there are alternatives, there is no reason to go against the recommendation of specialists and risk having some kind of problem during pregnancy.
Remember: Often a tea that is good for people in several cases, may not be suitable for pregnancy, either because it affects the baby or the mother’s body that is constantly changing. Look for alternatives and never stop researching what can affect you . That way, you will surely have a healthy pregnancy and without any serious problem.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.