When you are pregnant, it is difficult to remember what food and drinks you are supposed to avoid and what you can continue to gorge yourself on guilt-free. Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of pregnancy as it helps you nourish your body and your growing baby in the best way possible.
There is a lot of discussion around whether herbal tea is safe during pregnancy, particularly due to hidden caffeine content which should be limited during pregnancy.
In general, herbal tea is safe when drunk in moderation - maximum 2-3 cups per day. Replacing traditional caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea with herbal alternatives is a good idea as long as they are decaffeinated (peppermint tea or raspberry leaf tea). Alternating between different types and flavours also helps to limit your exposure to plant chemicals potentially present in the herbal blends.
There are certain herbal blends which can have benefits during pregnancy such as ginger tea, but is it safe?
Is ginger tea safe during pregnancy?
As with all other herbal teas, ginger tea is safe during pregnancy when drunk in moderation. Drinking any herbal teas or caffeinated hot drinks in excess is not advised. Web MD explains that "Some experts worry that it could raise the risk of miscarriage, especially in high doses. It is not considered dangerous in less than 1500mg but check with your doctor".
During the first trimester of pregnancy, ginger tea could be particularly helpful as it is thought to reduce symptoms of morning sickness and nausea. If pre-made ginger teas are not for you, you can always try boiling ginger to infuse the water and drinking it more simply with a slice of lemon or orange. The NHS recommends taking ginger supplements during pregnancy, although they stress the importance of checking with your doctor or pharmacist and of buying safe products in a pharmacy or supermarket.
Ginger tea benefits for pregnant women:
1) Helps with morning sickness
Ginger is well known to have morning sickness and nausea fighting benefits. Try ginger tea or ginger in savoury foods like stir frys.