What’s The Best Tea For Pregnancy?

by Natalie on July 31, 2014

teapost1It’s funny how something simple, like tea, becomes confusing when you’re pregnant.

First, there’s the whole caffeine thing, and then you’ve got to consider the herbs.

It’s enough to make you want to stop drinking it all together.

But if you’re like me, and enjoy a warm cuppa in the morning or evening, you’ll be sad to give it up. Thankfully, you won’t have to.

In this post, I’ll cover all the important things you need to know about selecting a tea to drink during pregnancy.

Let’s start with traditional tea: green, black, white, and oolong.

These teas are considered safe to drink during pregnancy BUT they contain caffeine. So the only thing you need to be worried about with these teas is the amount you drink.

Your growing baby could be harmed by a caffeine intake greater than 200mg per day, so it’s wise to keep your intake below that.

How Much Caffeine Is In A Cup Of Tea (8 ounces)?

White = 30-55 mg
Green = 35-70 mg
Oolong = 50-75 mg
Black = 60-90 mg

**In general, tea has much lower levels of caffeine than coffee, which contains an average of 150-200 mg per 8 ounce cup.

Is Decaf A Better Option?

If you want to decrease your caffeine intake as much as possible, decaf tea and coffee is a good option. Just a few things to keep in mind…

  1. Caffeine is often extracted from coffee or tea by using chemicals. So you’ll want to look for water-processed decaf coffee, and decaf tea made by the C02/high pressure method. Republic Of Tea offers decaf teas produced by this method.
  2. Decaf tea and coffee still contain small levels of caffeine, anywhere from 0-12 mg per cup.

‘Homemade’ Decaf Tea

According to Arbor Teas, you can make any regular tea decaf, by using this simple method: place tea bag in your mug, cover with boiling water and let steep one minute, remove tea bag and discard water. Use the same tea bag and infuse with hot water as normal. Most of the caffeine is released in the initial brew, leaving very little left during the longer, second brew. Voila!

So What About Herbal Tea?

This is where things get a bit hairy. Many pregnant women will go to the herbal tea section in hopes of ditching the caffeine. It’s true that herbal teas don’t contain caffeine (except for yerba mate), but it’s the herbs you’ve got to watch out for. Some can be dangerous during pregnancy.

You must choose herbal teas with care. I am not an herbalist, so that’s why I think pregnancy teas are the safest bet. Here are my top choices for pregnancy teas:

  1. Tea For Two
  2. Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea

These two teas made my top choice because each company says they have herbalists on board as employees or advisors. (note that I do not work for, and am not paid by any of the companies mentioned).

 These teas made my close second list:

1. Yogi’s Mother To Be
2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea and Peaceful Mama Tea
3. Republic of Tea’s Get Maternal

I think all of these teas look great too, but I don’t see anywhere that they consult with herbalists, so that’s why they made my secondary list.

Rooibos, also known as ‘red tea’ is another caffeine-free tea safe for pregnancy. Just make sure the tea doesn’t contain any other questionable herbs.

Herbs To Watch Out For

  • Licorice
  • Senna
  • Birthwort
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Black Cohosh
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Goldenseal
  • Dong Quai
  • Ephedra
  • Yohimbe
  • Pay D’Arco
  • Passion Flower
  • Penny Royal
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Feverfew
  • Kava Kava
  • Aloe

I hope this article helps solve your tea dilemma. Have you tried any of the pregnancy teas listed? Do share by leaving a comment below! And as always, thanks so much for reading!

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