If you’re pregnant, you may have decided to cut back or cut out caffeine and thought about switching to herbal teas. These teas are a great option during pregnancy because herbs can help ease symptoms and give you a natural energy boost. They also contain vitamins and minerals you may not be getting enough of, especially during first-trimester sickness. But, you have to be mindful of which herbs you’re consuming. Some herbs aren’t safe during pregnancy, while others – like ginger – are popular.
So what teas are safe to drink while pregnant? Always consult with a doctor before taking any herbs during pregnancy. Your specific circumstances could mean a beneficial herb is not approved for you personally. But, here are some herbal teas you could ask your OB about, and their benefits during pregnancy.
7 Herbal Teas for Pregnancy to Ease Symptoms
1. Goddess Tea
Our handcrafted, organic Goddess Tea is perfect for supporting reproductive health and pregnancy. It helps balance hormones and promotes uterine health and strength. Plus, it will help ease nausea.
2. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red raspberry leaf is usually taken in the second and third trimesters to help prepare for labor. It can build strength in your uterine muscles to aid delivery and reduce the risk of hemorrhaging during labor. It’s can even shorten the length of labor! Plus, it’s high in iron which is great for anemia during pregnancy and will help boost your energy.
3. Nettle Leaf Tea
Nettle leaf has lots of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, K, and B. These are incredibly important nutrients for fetal development and your health during pregnancy. Research on nettle during pregnancy is a bit of a mixed bag, so check with your doctor first. But it can be a great option for getting extra nutrients.
4. Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is a great option for those sleepless nights, anxiety and mood swings triggered by pregnancy. It can help ease anxiety and stress, as well as help you relax and get deep sleep. Lemon balm also boosts digestion and reduces inflammation.
5. Rose Hips Tea
During pregnancy, your immune system isn’t as strong so you can be prone to catching more illnesses like the flu. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C, so it keeps your body healthy to fight off viruses. Besides that, it helps regulate blood sugar levels – excellent if you have gestational diabetes, or dizzy spells while pregnant.
6. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint can help with a lot of early pregnancy symptoms, like indigestion, nausea, and stress. Typically, each woman responds better to cool or warm nausea relief – and this is the cool one. So if peppermint doesn’t do the trick for you, try its counterpart: ginger.
7. Ginger Tea
Ginger can help relieve nausea in your first trimester. But it can also reduce inflammation and heartburn you experience later in your pregnancy. Especially if you stand on your feet for many hours a day, ginger can help reduce swelling and ease inflamed joints.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Herbal teas can offer a lot of relief, but it’s important to know which ones are best for you during this joyful time. Boost your health, and cheers to a healthy journey.