Posted by MRK on 11th December 2012

The Benefits And Risks Of Drinking Jasmine Tea During Pregnancy

Herbal teas including jasmine tea is known for its therapeutic and healing properties, the floral scent and the sweet and pungent flavor can be refreshing and soothing after a hectic day but is it safe to drink during pregnancy?

Apart from its sweet smelling floral scent, jasmine tea is also particularly well known for its antioxidant properties that help protect the body from free radicals, its synergetic components that assist in weight loss, to calm and soothe nerves, and speculated cancer prevention properties. Apart from these benefits, jasmine tea is also known to lower blood pressure levels, decrease aging process, and strengthen the immune system.

Jasmine tea is made from jasmine flowers and green tea. Medical experts recommend that green tea in small amounts is safe during pregnancy but a pregnant woman should not have more than 2 cups of green tea in one day, which contains about 200 mg of caffeine. Any more than this amount can be a potential risk for miscarriages and other adverse effects.

Is It Safe To Drink Jasmine Tea During Pregnancy?

But most doctors advise against ingesting herbs during pregnancy, especially the first trimester when a fetus may be at its most vulnerable state. The levels of caffeine in jasmine tea mixed with green tea can have adverse effects on a fetus’ development. Caffeine has the ability work its way through the placenta and reaches the fetus, unfortunately the developing baby does not have the physiological mechanisms required to metabolize caffeine. Also there is a lack of data or clinical research that suggests that herbal teas are beneficial during pregnancy.

There are some herbal teas that are known as pregnancy teas that are deemed safe to consume during the prenatal phase. Some medical professionals believe that certain herbs may be helpful in preventing pregnancy complications such as preterm labor, prolonged labor, preeclampsia, and postpartum hemorrhage.

Some of these herbal teas which are considered safe for consumption during pregnancy are:

  • Red Raspberry leaf.
  • Peppermint leaf tea.
  • Lemon balm.
  • Chamomile.
  • Ginger root.
  • Dandelion.
  • Stinging nettles.
  • Alfalfa.
  • Yellow dock.
  • Rose hips.

Herbal Teas To Avoid During Pregnancy

The FDA cautions pregnant women from drinking herbal teas, however there might be some herbal teas that a doctor or midwife might approve and, in some cases even recommend. Some women might find adding a small amount of ginger to their tea may overcome pregnancy related morning sickness. There are some herbal teas that one should stay away from during pregnancy such as-

  • Ephedra.
  • Cohosh.
  • Pennyroyal.
  • Mugwart.
  • Ma Huang.

Be sure to read the ingredients list on the any herbal purchase that you make, while you are pregnant. It is ok to eat food that has been seasoned with herbs as the amounts that are added to food are much smaller than used in herbal teas.

Also it is best to avoid plucking herbs from your garden if you grow them for tea purposes unless you are absolutely certain of what it is and how to use it.

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