There are herbal teas and spices that can be delicious, helpful, and even medicinal during pregnancy. While the herbs themselves are helpful, the ritual of making tea and pausing to enjoy it can be equally important. Slowing down is important during pregnancy, and if a cup of tea a day can aid in this, even just a little bit, we are all for it.
It’s important to research herbs and teas, just as you do medicine, during pregnancy to ensure they are safe for you and baby, as much of what you consume is able to pass through the blood-placental barrier. Most commercial teas are mild, and include only herbs that are considered safe per the FDA. That said, the idea of consuming everything in moderation is key.
*Please note that this blog is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; Sweet Child O’ Mine is sharing general information about teas and pregnancy. As always, please consult with your medical provider with any questions you may have regarding this information and/or your medical condition.
Top 5 Herbs and Spices You Can Consume During Pregnancy
Raspberry leaf is one of the most common herbs you will see in pregnancy teas. It helps tone the uterus in preparation for labor. It can also increase milk production and decrease nausea.
Peppermint leaf helps relieve gas, stomach upset and cramps, nausea (aka morning sickness). It can also decrease heartburn.
Lemon balm helps reduce anxiety and support mood. It can also offer relief for insomnia due to its calming properties.
Rooibos teas are full of antioxidants, caffeine-free, and come in a wide range of flavors.
Ginger helps with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can drink ginger tea and/or use ginger in your cooking. \
Cinnamon is an antioxidant, and it is anti-inflammatory. This can support both the digestive and immune systems. Like ginger, you can drink cinnamon tea and/or include it in foods you are cooking.
Some people like to make a “pregnancy tea” using some of the herbs above + a few others. We really like this recipe! If possible, visit a local herb shop (some grocery stores also have bulk herbs), where you can purchase herbs for pregnancy tea and chat with someone who is informed about plant medicine.
Most providers encourage birthing people to limit their caffeine consumption. That said, most non-herbal teas like black, green, white, matcha, and chai teas are generally considered safe. Check out this comprehensive list of herbs to avoid during pregnancy.
Additionally, the American Pregnancy Association suggests “Subscribe to the Natural Medicines Database for information on other herbs and natural medicines and more in-depth information on the herbs discussed.”
Sweet Child O’ Mine is Here to Support You
Your team of midwives is here to support you in feeling well during your pregnancy. We care about your health in a holistic way. We want you to consume foods and drinks that feel good, taste good, and support your body through pregnancy and beyond.
If you are currently building your birth team, we would be honored to be a part of your team; reach out and let us know how we can support you