Guide to drinking tea during pregnancy

Dr. Trishala ChopraDiet & Nutrition, Pregnancy Diet

Drinking Tea (Chai)! Everyone’s most favorite habit!

If you live in India, you would have been brought up with this habit! A cup of tea in the morning, a cup of tea in the evening, a cup of tea always! It is said that there is no specific time to drink tea. All you need to do is just drink it!

Well, if you love overdoing on tea then isn’t a big problem but if in case you are expecting then you might need to be careful! Pregnancy is the most beautiful time in every woman’s life. Nothing is more beautiful then expecting your bundle of joy! When are overdoing on things while you are pregnant, it will affect you and your baby both.

When it comes to the most favorite beverage- Tea, it is always better to keep yourself informed and updated.

Here is a quick guide to drinking tea during your pregnancy.

Tea / Chai is a combination of different herbal seasonings.

About the ingredients: –

  • Black tea is primary ingredient in most of the teas.
  • Some teas are having green or white leaves as well which are more often termed as herbal teas.
  • If your tea is having a spicy flavour, it mostly comes from cardamom, ginger and black pepper.
  • Cinnamon, fennel seeds, nutmeg powder, clove, star anise, licorice, saffron are few other ingredients which is found in depending on different manufacturers.

Caffeine information: –

Caffeine content is something to worry about while overdoing on tea.

  • Normal cup of tea contains 11 mg of caffeine per 100 grams.
  • Black tea contains 20 mg of caffeine per 10 grams.
  • If we look at the research papers, it is found that caffeine crosses placenta which might affect the foetus. Hence, caffeine content needs to be minimized.
  • Recommended allowance for caffeine during pregnancy is 150 mg per day.
  • Since caffeine is a diuretic it might result into fluid loss which might dehydrate the body. Hence most of obstetricians restrict caffeine during pregnancy.

Effects of other ingredients in the tea: –

  • Fennel seeds, licorice root contains compounds which promotes menstruation and labour.
  • Overdoing on these ingredients might lead to complications or high risk pregnancy like miscarriage or preterm labour.

Herbal teas which are safe during pregnancy: –

  • Ginger-lemon herbal tea.
  • Peppermint leaf tea.
  • Red raspberry tea.

 PS:- There are no evidences available for other herbal teas such as chamomile tea, oolong tea and all hence it is always better to consult your obstetrician before consuming any such herbal teas.

Guide to drinking tea during pregnancy was last modified: April 14th, 2017 by Dr. Trishala Chopra