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Herbal Tea In Pregnancy – 9 Safe & Recommended Herbs To Use

When it comes to making informed choices these days, many mums-to-be would prefer the natural and organic path rather than a chemical-fuelled one.

Cutting down on caffeine, alcohol or nicotine is a discipline most expectant mothers will undertake for obvious reasons – and with the shift towards more natural methods during pregnancy and childbirth, the use of herbal tea in pregnancy maybe an approach you have considered.

Taking certain herbs during pregnancy can benefit in many ways…

  • provide a good source of the vitamins & minerals required by the body during pregnancy
  • can be incorporated into meals as well as being drunk in teas
  • have minimal side effects (however ALWAYS make sure you check the SAFETY of taking certain herbs before using)
This post will discuss nine safe and recommended herbs to use for promoting and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Symptoms Of Pregnancy

As if being woman in this world wasn’t tough enough already – we’re hit with a new barrage of challenges during this time that will test our limits of endurance and patience.

Yes, we will be tested mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and physiologically and still come out smiling at the other end like a true warrioress.

Many women will feel the joys and (mainly) woes of pregnancy. For me, I loved being pregnant even though I felt most of the symptoms under the sun! From nausea in the first trimester, to itchy skin and swollen ankles in the second trimester, to fatigue; backache; insomnia and heartburn in the last trimester – it was a roller coaster ride of emotions of the highs with the lows!

Common symptoms include: 

  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Haemorrhoids
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea/Morning Sickness
  • Moods/Emotional Swings
  • Skin Issues/Itchy Skin
  • Stretch Marks
  • Sciatica/Back pains
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Oedema (swelling/swollen feet)

9 Safe & Recommended Herbs To Use

Alfalfa leaves

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Particularly useful during the LAST 3 months of pregnancy if taken as a food within the diet as it REDUCES BLEEDING. Has high content of PROTEIN (contains 8 essential amino acids); VITAMINS A, E, K, D & B6.
Also helps in the production of BREAST MILK.

Burdock & flower

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

A natural BLOOD PURIFIER that helps clear congestion in circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic & urinary systems. Also a LIVER STRENGTHENER by removing toxic waste materials & helps with DIGESTION. Strengthens & tones the UTERUS before & after birth.

Chamomile – known for its calming effects

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis; Matricaria Chamomilla)

Nicknamed the 'All Around Comforter' and an incredibly versatile herb. It is an all time favourite for calming ANXIETY & soothing IRRITABILITY. It is an excellent yet gentle 'sedative' that helps with RELAXATION & INSOMNIA. Also calms the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. Contains 'anti-spasmodic' properties that can be useful for MORNING SICKNESS.

Dandelion flower & root

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

An excellent source of VITAMIN A (preventing & fighting infections). Strengthens & cleanses the LIVER by stimulating bile production. Contains high levels of POTASSIUM & rich in IRON which can help with ANEMIA. Also helps regulate BLOOD SUGAR & BLOOD PRESSURE.

Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

It is primarily used in remedies to prevent motion sickness, NAUSEA & MORNING SICKNESS. Its 'stimulant' properties has a 'warming effect' on the body which is excellent in cases of BAD CIRCULATION, CHILBLAINS, COLDS or CHILLS. Can also aid with FLATULENCE & INDEGESTION due to its 'carminative' actions.

Lavender flowers

Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)

Popularly used as a 'sedative' & a 'nervine', Lavender helps to promote SLEEP, decrease ANXIETY & lifts the MOOD, which is much needed for those uncontrollable hormones! Its also used to soothe STOMACH issues & reduce EXCESS GAS due to its 'carminative' properties. Combines well with Chamomile for a truly relaxing tea.

Nettle

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Rich in Iron (which makes it an excellent BLOOD BUILDER) & Vitamins C & K which are required during the child-bearing months. Especially beneficial for ANEMIA & FATIGUE in pregnancy. The leaves also assist the UTERINE MUSCLES. Can improve the quality & flow of BREAST MILK.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw (Avena sativa)

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Red Raspberry plant

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)

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When it comes to making informed choices these days, many mums-to-be would prefer a natural remedy over a chemical-fuelled one.

Cutting down on caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine is a discipline most expectant mothers will undertake for obvious reasons. With the increasing rise of drinking herbal teas and its benefits in the West, the question of – Is Herbal Tea Good For You When Pregnant? – is worth considering.

Herbal teas have been renown for centuries for its health benefits and zero caffeine content so it’s no surprise that it is a popular choice for mums-to-be trying to cut down!

Red Raspberry Leaf - good for easing labour pains

Many midwives and health professionals who work with herbs promote certain herbal teas for pregnant women, namely Red Raspberry Leaf.

Medical studies have shown that this herb helps strengthen the uterine muscles to aid in easier delivery; it is rich in iron; increases milk production; eases labour pains and decreases the length of labour.

However, many health professionals advise that it should only be used after the first trimester as it can cause minor spotting during the early stages.

Herbal teas can provide extra sources of nutrients such as calcium, iron and potassium that are essential for mother and growing baby.

Nettle is  one example that contains all of the above plus Vitamins A, C, D & K and protein, all of which strengthen and nourish the body. On the other hand, some experts say that it is the dried leaves that should be taken rather than the root as this can stimulate the uterus thus causing a miscarriage.

Chamomile – known for its calming effects

Drinking Peppermint herbal teas is another popular choice for its relief in flatulence and intestinal cramps.

Chamomile is also recommended for its natural sleep aid and for its soothing and calming effects which is much needed for those uncontrollable hormones! 

On the contrary, some studies have shown that it can increase the risk of bleeding leading to an induced miscarriage. This risk is escalated  even more when the tea is of poor quality, made too strong or consumed in excess.

Nausea is a common problem during the first few months of pregnancy and in some cases it can last the whole term! Ginger is a favourite to alleviate this but taking it in large doses can increase the risk of bleeding and shouldn’t be taken with blood thinning drugs such as aspirin, heparin and warfarin.

So…Is Herbal Tea Good For You When Pregnant?

In short, yes – with the prevalence of ‘Pregnancy Teas’ specifically targeted and intended for expectant mothers, the popularity of drinking herbal tea when pregnant is evident. There are many benefits associated with it but caution should be taken when taken in large doses.

With the amount of mixed opinion in the subject, it’s best to do your own research or consult a trained and experienced herbalist or health practitioner if you choose to drink herbal teas during your pregnancy.

Have you tried using herbs whilst pregnant? Which ones did you use? Did it help? Were you aware of the benefits of certain herbs whilst pregnant? I’d love to hear of your stories and experiences. Thanks for popping by and peace be with.

Teresa

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    • Teresa M

      Hi Dolores

      thanks for looking around:0) – the site is still in its early stages and much work still needs to be done- but hope you can return for more blog posts – Watch this space!

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