Can You Drink Tea when You are Pregnant
There was a saying that you can’t drink tea when you are pregnant. Is that true? If it’s a rumor, what kind of tea is suitable for you during pregnancy? Many friends have such questions. Or you have the habit of drinking tea before pregnancy, but after pregnancy, you give up the habit of drinking tea in consideration of the impact of drinking tea on your baby. Therefore, can you drink tea when you are pregnant? (Can You Drink Coffee While Breastfeeding?)
- Can Pregnant Women Drink Tea?
For a long time, people believed that caffeine had adverse effects on pregnant women, which might lead to underweight babies and even miscarriage. In the early 1990s, a large number of articles doubted animal research which says caffeine and high dose caffeine had teratogenic effects on animals. Because there are differences between humans and animals, especially during pregnancy.
A study made by Danish epidemiologist Dr. Baudil Heimer Beck shows that moderate intake of caffeine during pregnancy does not affect the growth of the fetus. The researchers recruited more than 1200 healthy pregnant women who admitted to drinking at least three cups of coffee a day during pregnancy. There was no significant difference in the incidence of low-weight or premature delivery between the babies they delivered and those who did not drink coffee, even though some of these pregnant women drank more than seven cups of coffee a day.
In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that lactating women limit their caffeine intake, but said that a cup of coffee a day for lactating women would not affect their baby’s motor development or intelligence. However, lactating mothers should pay attention to that caffeine can enter breast milk, and high doses of caffeine may cause babies to wake up easily and feel uneasy during sleep.
Therefore, expectant mothers who like drinking tea will not affect their babies as long as they control the amount of tea they drink and drink it moderately.
- How Should Pregnant Women Drink Tea?
1. Don’t drink strong tea and control the amount of tea.
Tea contains 2% – 5% caffeine. Drinking a large amount of strong tea will induce excitation of human body, thus stimulating the fetus to increase fetal movement. Drinking tea should be moderate, 1-2 cups a day. Drinking too much tea will increase the water content in the body, and then increase the burden on the heart and kidneys.
2. Pay attention to tea drinking time.
It is not suitable to drink tea in the early stage of pregnancy. This is because the early stage is the period when the fetal nervous system is formed. The alkaloids in tea will affect fetal development. Therefore, it is better for pregnant women not to drink tea during this period.
When choosing tea, pregnant women should choose the tea suitable for themselves according to their tea-drinking habits, age, health status, living environment, etc.
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