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Pregnant woman drinking herbal tea

If you’re a tea drinker, you’re most likely curious if it’s safe to drink tea during pregnancy? You probably want to know if there are any teas you need to avoid too. With all of the warnings about consuming caffeinated drinks during pregnancy, many pregnant mammies-to-be can be a bit hesitant to consume their favorite tea.

So, is tea safe during pregnancy? And if so, what teas are safe? No matter if you’d like to enjoy an occasional cup of herbal tea during pregnancy, or your usual black tea, we have the answers for you!!

Pregnancy safe tea

Hi, I’m Róisín Sheridan, a qualified herbalist, naturopath & nutritionist from HealthTea & I am hear to let you know that the consumption of most herbal teas during pregnancy has the safe-tea tick of approval!

Overall, herbal teas are generally very safe to consume, and most often more beneficial during pregnancy.

This is as long as recommended doses are not exceeded. Because you’re drinking an infusion or decoction of the leaves, flowers or roots of a plant, it’s not as potent as consuming the plant in its entirety. Herbal teas have no caffeine either, making them a much more nutritious and safe alternative to regular tea.

Woohoo! And in fact, drinking tea while pregnant even has a few additional benefits.


Benefits of drinking tea during pregnancy

Drinking herbal teas during pregnancy is certainly a wise choice when compared with caffeinated beverages, as caffeinated drinks have a diuretic effect, reduce nutrient absorption and deplete the adrenal glands.

Meanwhile, herbal teas hydrate, provide easily assimilated nutrients, and feed the body during pregnancy. They’re also packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which helps lower your anxiety and stress levels. Various types of herbal teas can also reduce morning sickness symptoms and even prepare the uterus for labor. There are even special teas for pregnancy!

Well, you sold us at ‘no more morning sickness’…. So which teas are best for pregnant sippers?


What teas are safe during pregnancy?

Here’s a pregnancy-safe tea list, so you know which teas are safe to drink during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Tea #1: Ginger tea

Drinking ginger tea while pregnant helps to ease nausea (goodbye morning sickness!), aids the digestion process, and relieves stomach issues. Ginger is a warming digestive herb, a circulatory stimulant, anti-nausea, and a great source of zinc. You can find our Ginger teas here

Pregnancy Tea #2: Nettle tea

Nettle leaf tea is a brilliant nutritive tea to sip whilst pregnant, especially as you near the end of your pregnancy. It provides high levels of water-soluble iron, magnesium, and calcium. Stick to one or two cups a day, or drink in a blend with other herbs.

Pregnancy Tea #3: Raspberry leaf

Raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy prepares the uterus for labor due to its rich mineral content! It also helps to prevent post-partum hemorrhage due to its gentle astringent effect. Raspberry leaf tea was traditionally used in late pregnancy to prepare for birth and breastfeeding.

Raspberry leaf is also a galactagogue, so it supports breast milk production & is also high in calcium, magnesium, and iron. Raspberry leaf tea is safe to drink from the second trimester onwards. I usually recommend women drink one cup per day from 26 weeks. Then they can build up to two cups at 30 weeks, three cups at 36 weeks and 3-4 cups from 37 weeks.

You’ll find our delicious organic raspberry leaf tea here.

Pregnancy Tea #4: Dandelion leaf

Dandelion leaf tea is a wonderful support in late pregnancy when fluid retention is an issue, as it is high in potassium and has a gentle but effective diuretic effect. It’s also considered to be a kidney tonic and gentle digestive and is alkalizing. I suggest adding a dandelion leaf to another tea such as Peppermint, as it has a slightly bitter, earthy taste. Shop Dandelion leaf tea

Pregnancy Tea #5: Spearmint and peppermint tea

Spearmint and peppermint tea during pregnancy is great for relaxing your stomach muscles. They’re great to help settle an upset stomach. These mint teas also help with nausea and vomiting, which is common in early pregnancy. Spearmint is preferred to peppermint tea if you suffer from reflux or heartburn as peppermint can increase this whereas spearmint does not. Both are pregnancy safe teas, are fine alone or in blends, and are jam packed with nutrients and chlorophyll.

Pregnancy Tea #6: Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea is highly recommended in pregnancy! This is the best tea for women who find it hard to give up their regular black tea. Of all the herbal teas, its taste is most similar to traditional black tea.

Rooibos is caffeine-free, contains calcium, magnesium, and loads of antioxidants. It also has positive effects on digestion and can ease colic and reflux. Unlike black tea, rooibos is not high in tannins, which reduce nutrient absorption. Children can also drink rooibos. It’s lovely with milk of your choice and a little honey. Rooibos is also a great base for caffeine-free chai or iced tea


Teas to avoid during pregnancy

According to research, caffeine consumption during pregnancy (particularly over has 200mg) has been directly linked with reduced birth weights. According to this study:

“Caffeine is rapidly absorbed and crosses the placenta freely. After ingestion of 200 mg caffeine, intervillous blood flow in the placenta was found to be reduced by 25%. Cytochrome P450 1A2, the principal enzyme involved in caffeine metabolism, is absent in the placenta and the fetus.”


Caffeine and low birth weight

Later, BMC Central also published research which again found caffeine to be implicated with low birth weight. For a baby expected to be of average birth weight (3.6kg), it equated to a loss of 21-28 grams per 100mg of caffeine consumed per day. Caffeine also extended the length of pregnancy by 5 hours per 100mg of caffeine per day. If you’re also a coffee drinker, the news is even worse! Coffee was associated with an even longer pregnancy – 8 hours longer for every 100mg of caffeine per day.

This research illustrates the importance of keeping an eye on caffeine consumption during pregnancy. For this reason, teas which are particularly high in caffeine should be restricted while you are pregnant.


Teas to avoid during pregnancy include:

  • Black, e.g. English breakfast, earl grey, Ceylon, etc. (due to caffeine content)
  • Green/matcha
  • Oolong
  • LiChee
  • Lapsang souchong
  • Hong mao
  • Golden monkey black
  • Quinshola clonal
  • Nilgiris

Herbal Tea to avoid during pregnancy:

  • St John’s Wort
  • Don Quai
  • Ginseng
  • Yarrow
  • Pennyroyal (known to cause miscarriage)
  • Ephedra
  • Liquorice Root

I also advise steering clear of rosemary, oregano, parsley and marjoram in large amounts. Otherwise, stick to the pregnancy safe tea list and feel free to sip away.

Green tea during pregnancy

Wondering why it’s probably not a good idea to drink green tea during pregnancy? Green tea contains high amounts of caffeine and is said to reduce folate absorption. If you’re a green tea lover, consider limiting yourself to maximum one cup a day, or try sourcing a caffeine-free green tea.

Special Blend Pregnancy Tea

You can now purchase special blends of pregnancy tea everywhere! And of course, if you are familiar with HealthTea at all you’ll know my first ever Health tea blend was created when I was pregnant myself, using the herbs I had growing in my garden. Iron Brew  is a delicious blend of Irish Grown supportive herbs traditionally used during pregnancy, including Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Dandelion & Peppermint.

Although It is perfectly safe during pregnancy, I have now tweaked this original recipe and created a specific pregnancy blend, omiting the red clover and increasing the amount of Raspberry leaf and Peppermint!!

It seems to be going down well with Pregnant mothers-to-be.

“This tea is delicious and affordable.” 

“I had constantly low levels of Iron throughout my pregnancy, but after 2 weeks of drinking my levels were back up above average” 

“I feel it really helped the length of my labour too, highly recommend!”

You can Order Yours Here!

Although many traditional herbal remedies have been used by pregnant women for centuries, expectant mammies are rightly cautious about what they introduce into their bodies over these 9 months. If you’re pregnant and are unsure about whether you should drink herbal tea or not, you should always speak to your herbalist and/or midwife.

This is especially the case if you’ve experienced any complications during your pregnancy. To ease your mind, I have put together the perfect herbal tea pregnancy bundle of our 3 best HealthTeas to support you during pregnancy and into nursing. Wishing you a healthtea pregnancy & Birth!!



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