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Safe Tea for Pregnancy?

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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I keep meaning to call my midwife about this (I don't see her until Jan 15) but in he meantime I thought I'd ask you ladies.  What kinds of herbal teas are safe or unsafe for pregnancy?  I'm coming down with a cold and I really want to make some Echinacea tea but I have no idea if it's safe or not.  Also, I'm basically avoiding caffeine for the most part, but if I wanted a little boost (like, say, I need to stay up super late tonight wrapping Christmas presents lol!) what kinds of black teas are okay to drink every now ad then?

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MamaBearEH
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The warnings on the boxes are usually pretty good as long as you're going with actual herbal brands (ie: not Tetley or the like).  When they say not to use during pregnancy I've consulted with my care provider & discussed.  Sometimes it's still ok depending on your personal circumstances/health if the care provider understands how the herbs work.  A midwife might have a general idea, as they typically employ more natural methods, but I certainly wouldn't solely trust an OB or regular doctor for that kind of judgement.

Black tea has caffine in it.

I would avoid any tea with chamomile and ginseng containing teas.  Other herbs again may be circumstantial, so you have to look at how the effect the body & what the condition of your body is.  For example, red raspberry leaf tea is commonly & generally regarded as safely used in pregnancy - but should be restricted to the third trimester.

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SunshneDaydream
by Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM
We mai lay buy loose-leaf teas so there are no warnings, and the lady that owns the tea store didn't really know what to tell me as far as pregnancy goes. The only warnings I've ever seen on boxed teas were to avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding simply because the FDA doesn't screen herbs for safety. And I realize black tea has caffeine, I'm just talking about I dulging in a small amount of caffeine every now and then.
MamaBearEH
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Given coffee & pop in moderation is considered safe... I probably wouldn't be too worried about tea either!  I've been drinking my Earl Grey on occasion.  I'm also guilty of drinking coffee.

My echinacea, Traditional Medicinals, says not to use while pregnant.  Here's a little write up from the Mayo Clinic about echinacea.  Maybe this will give you a better idea of whether or not the concerns apply to you?

Quote:Side Effects and Warnings

Echinacea is likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in suggested doses for up to eight weeks.

Echinacea is thought to be possibly safe when used in children and in pregnant women if taken as directed. However, more safety information is needed.

Use cautiously in people who have heart disease. Echinacea may cause abnormal or irregular heartbeat.

Caution is advised in people who are taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

Use cautiously in people who have skin disorders. Echinacea may cause burning sensations, hives, itching, rashes, and skin redness.

Use cautiously when used in injectable form, especially for people who have diabetes, according to experts.

Use cautiously in people who are taking agents that may affect the immune system, agents that may affect the liver's processing of drugs, amoxicillin, corticosteroids, or kava.

Use tinctures cautiously in pregnant women and alcoholics, and in people who are taking disulfiram or metronidazole.

Use cautiously in people who have or are at risk of liver disorders or are taking a large amount of echinacea. Echinacea may cause liver damage.

Use cautiously in people who are taking agents that may be toxic to the liver (including anabolic steroids, amiodarone, methotrexate, and ketoconazole). Echinacea may cause liver inflammation.

Use cautiously in children who have colds. Echinacea may increase the risk of ear infection.

Use cautiously when used long-term. Long-term echinacea may cause reduced white blood cell count. Echinacea may cause a blood disorder in which blood clots form in small blood vessels, leading to a low platelet count.

Use cautiously in people who have abnormally high iron levels, abnormal white blood cell count, AIDs, arthritis or other joint diseases, atopy (tendency for allergic asthma, eye and skin allergies, food allergy, or hay fever), autoimmune diseases, cancer, chronic headaches or migraines, collagen disease, HIV, kidney disease, mental disorders (anxiety or nervousness), multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, stomach problems, and tuberculosis.

Avoid in people who are allergic or sensitive to echinacea, its parts, or any members of the Asteraceae or Compositae family (such as chrysanthemums, daisies, marigolds, and ragweed).

Avoid using in combination with anesthesia.

Avoid using in people who are preparing to undergo transplant surgery.

Echinacea may also cause anxiety and nervousness, bad taste, bronchitis, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry throat, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, heartburn, joint pain, kidney failure, mild drowsiness, mild nausea, mouth irritation, numb tongue, pemphigus vulgaris (autoimmune disease causing blistering, sore skin), sleep problems, sperm motility, stomach pain, upset stomach, and vomiting.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Research suggests that echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbal supplements in women before and during pregnancy. However, safety information is limited on the use of echinacea in breastfeeding women, pregnant women, or women who are trying to become pregnant.


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