Post # 1
It’s getting chilly here in Colorado andI’d like to know what everyone else is drinking to keep warm. I know caffeine in moderation is okay, but what any suggestions on decaf teas? Have you heard of the Pregnancy Tea by Traditional Medicinals? There are mixed reviews on raspberry leaf and how it should be avoided in the first trimester but given that it’s such a small amount, some reviews say it will not cause any harm.
Post # 2
NowandLater: Rooibos tea is caffiene free. So is white tea. You can find both in loose leaf and box. Celestial Seasonings sells a roobios tea called “madagascar vanilla red”, and it’s awesome!
Post # 3
good ol Hot Chocolate. lol
Post # 4
There are so many different opinions on this – one of my friends who is a trained herbalist said red raspberry leaf is fantastic even in the first trimester, and I’ve read that basically everything from chamomile to hibiscus to peppermint is either totally off-limits or completely safe. (And I drank a large hibiscus iced tea from Panera basically five days a week in my first trimester, and everything’s fine.)
So long story short, I don’t really avoid anything. I have decaf Lipton, roobios, chamomile and ginger tea that I drink at home, but if I’m out I’ll pretty much drink whatever.
Post # 5
Oh, and Trader Joe’s has a yummy pumpkin spice roobios!
Post # 6
My pregnant friend loves the Pregnancy Tea and she is just entering her third trimester too. I had some as well and it’s pretty tasty with honey.
Post # 7
I just ordered some RRL tea (Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Third Trimester Tea), but it hasn’t arrived yet, (I’m also in my third trimester, though). However, my prenatals have a small amount of RRL in them, and I’ve been taking them all along with no ill effects.
Post # 8
For non-teas, cranberry juice and apple juice are tasty hot. Also honey & lemon in water.
Post # 9
So helpful bees, thank you!! I guess I’ll be making my way to WholeFoods and Trader Joes this wknd. Much appreciate your advice!
Post # 10
Rooibos is fantastic during pregnancy. You can get vanilla/spiced versions and make a chai latte.
Post # 11
NowandLater: I’m in Colorado too! The tea situation during pregnancy confuses me..as it seems that herbal teas (Even decaf) are somehow bad. At least that’s what I read when I was trying to figure this stuff out too. I did find a Tazo Decaf Chai tea which they sell at Starbucks and Target. I would use a milk frother and turn it into a latte by doing half a mug full of hot water and then the rest filled with the steamed milk and some vanilla syrup as sweetener. I love lattes so I did not give those up either, but opted for decaf. Then there’s always good ol Swiss Miss cocoa. 🙂
Post # 12
NowandLater: I’ve been having some hot apple cider– teas are not my fav, and I’m not even in the mood for coffee drinks. Caribou has a yummy drink- Hot Apple Blast….otherwise just cider with a cinnamon stick!
Post # 13
I’ve been drinking nettle, oatstraw and red clover throughout my pregnancy as they are highly nutritious, and a bit of red raspberry leaf here and there. I’m drinking a lot more of it now in my third trimester as it is an excellent uterine tonic.
I basically gave up caffeinated teas in the first trimester but did a bunch of research and the latest studies show no adverse affects of drinking under 200mg of caffeine per day. Which is actually quite a bit… like two cups of drip coffee. Did a bit more research and your average cup of black tea is maybe 25-50mg of caffeine…. so I’ve been allowing myself either a cup of earl grey OR a single shot latte (60-80mg) a couple times a week.
But if you want to stay clear of the caffeine altogether, rooibos is great… when I go to coffee shops, half the time I get them to make a vanilla rooibos almond milk latte and it’s delicious. And rooibos teas come in such great flavours these days.
Post # 14
On a kind of related note, does anyone know what breastfeeding teas are best? I’m trying to stock up on things I’ll want after labor and have seen this in health food stores in France.
Post # 15
whitums: KatieBklyn: I know, the tea thing was really confusing me too! Then a nutritionist/dietician came and spoke at our antenatal class and she explained that apart from a few teas which are just dangerous like Pennyroyal, the reason other herbal teas are warned about is that there is no regulation of tea products. So even though it says lavender and mint it might not have those things in it or it might contain additional products. She said pretty much if you buy trustworthy, established brands it’s ok to have herbal teas because you generally know what you’re consuming.