Drinking tea has many healthful benefits, but even the healthiest foods and drinks can sometimes become a problem during pregnancy. Can you drink tea when you are pregnant? Find out below!
If you are pregnant, you need to eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids. When you drink water, it helps to form the placenta and amniotic fluid, which surrounds your unborn baby. However, there are certain foods and drinks that you shouldn’t consume during your pregnancy.
Your doctor will likely have told you that you shouldn’t drink alcohol and that you should cut down on your coffee since the caffeine in it may dehydrate you. But what about drinking tea when you are pregnant? Is it safe to drink Uzuma tea during your pregnancy?
Like most other teas, with the exception of herbal teas, green tea like our Uzuma Mangata tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). People love green tea for its healthy benefits and for its delicate, fresh, and earthy taste. Since the leaves of green tea are not oxidised (this is why the leaves keep their green colour), it is particularly rich in healthful compounds such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The antioxidants in green tea called polyphenols fight free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage.
Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, but compared to a cup of coffee (which contains around 95–200mg of caffeine), green tea contains much less. An average cup of green tea has about 24–45mg of caffeine. Said differently, your cup of green tea will have less than half the amount of caffeine of a regular cup of joe.
While some doctors have in the past voiced concerns about drinking beverages with caffeine during pregnancy, research in this field suggests there are no risks when you consume moderate amounts of caffeine.
The journal Epidemiology found that there was no increased risk for pregnant women who consumed an average of 200mg of caffeine per day. Another study performed in Poland concluded that women who consumed less than 300mg of caffeine per day didn’t have a greater risk for premature birth or low birth weight. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also found that consuming less than 200mg of caffeine per day is safe for pregnant women.
The takeaway from these studies is that drinking caffeinated beverages, including tea or coffee, in moderation should be safe for both you and your baby. Just keep your daily caffeine intake under 200mg.
Tip: When you calculate your daily caffeine intake, don’t just consider the cups of green tea that you drink, but look at your overall caffeine intake. Know that chocolate, energy drinks, and cola all contain varying levels of caffeine.
Caffeine works as a diuretic by increasing the production of urine and draining water from your body. When you’re pregnant, this loss of water can become a problem. But you can offset this by drinking plenty of water as well. All you need to do to prevent getting dehydrated is to drink one or two glasses of water between your tea breaks.
People enjoy green tea for its taste and health benefits, but Uzuma Mangata tea also contains ginger. Ginger is a very effective remedy for nausea and upset stomach, which makes it excellent for expectant mothers. A nice cup of freshly brewed Uzuma Mangata tea can help alleviate morning sickness. In addition, ginger can also help with sore muscles, and there is evidence to suggest that it can be beneficial for stress-related headaches and migraines as well.
Just like green tea, people have enjoyed black tea since ancient times. Black tea, like our Uzuma Meraki tea, is also made from the leaves of the tea plant, but it differs from green tea in the way it is processed. Black tea is an oxidised tea, which gives it its dark colour and bolder flavour. And just like green tea, black tea contains beneficial compounds—from vitamins and minerals to polyphenol antioxidants. It has a wealth of benefits for good health, including aiding digestion by supporting good bacteria in the gut.
Black tea contains somewhat fewer antioxidants as compared to green tea, but they are still present. You can increase the antioxidant effect of black tea by brewing it in hotter water and allowing the tea to steep a little longer. The optimal brewing temperature for black tea is 90°C. This way, you can release most of its valuable compounds when you prepare it.
Like green tea, black tea contains some caffeine, but still considerably less than coffee. An average cup of black tea contains about 20–45mg of caffeine. Plus, the caffeine in tea also is more mild on your body. While you may get jittery and nervous from drinking coffee, tea energises you without those negative effects.
Just as with drinking green tea, drinking black tea should be safe during your pregnancy as long as you keep your daily caffeine intake under 200mg.
Black tea is also a diuretic. Said differently, it makes you go to the bathroom more often since it increases urine production and makes your body release water. So if you enjoy your Uzuma Meraki tea when you are pregnant, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to mitigate this effect.
If you are still concerned about the idea of caffeine during your pregnancy but don’t want to give up your black tea habit, here is a tip to reduce the caffeine content of your brew.
Brew a cup and have your tea steep for about 30 seconds. This will release most of the caffeine in the tea. Now, remove your tea infuser or tea bag and toss the water. Put the infuser or the tea bag back in and add a fresh batch of hot water. With this trick, you will still get the great flavour of black tea, but with most of the caffeine gone!
Uzuma Mangata tea and Uzuma Meraki tea both make tasty beverages that actively support good health. Drinking them during your pregnancy is allowed, so long as you keep things moderate. Even if you drink 4–5 cups of tea per day, you should still be able to keep your daily caffeine intake at 200mg or less.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated during your pregnancy, no matter whether you drink tea or not.
Lastly, if you’re pregnant and are unsure about what you can eat or drink, it is always best to consult your doctor so you can be 100% certain. A doctor can give you the best advice on what is safe during your pregnancy, for yourself and for your baby.