Post # 1
Ok ladies, I’m going to be lazy here and just ask people with experience rather than dig up all the answers myself. Why reinvent the wheel?
So what’s up with caffeine & tea when TTC?
1) I know in pregnancy that we’re supposed to stay under 200 mg of caffeine. What about TTC?
2) What teas are ok when TTC/Pregnant? Which teas are no-nos?
3) Anything else I should look for?
4) Heck, while we’re at it: Honey? (I know babies can’t have it, but what about TTC & pregnant ladies?)
Background: I usually have one homemade latte a day, but lately I’ve noticed I’ll sometimes have a cup of coffee or something later in the day. Does it matter? And I have some teas that I’m trying to drink more of instead of extra coffee and/or more unhealthy choices. Mainly I have Constant Comment (black tea with spices) and Tazo “Zen” (green tea with I think lemongrass). I also have a regular organic green tea, but I like the Tazo more.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I know that ‘Constant Comment’ tea you speak of- It’s amazing!!! To my knowledge, you should also try to stay under 200mg while TTC. Increased caffeine consumption can decrase chances of becoming pregnant. Herbal teas are the ones to avoid during pregnancy/TTC. Some of the herbs can interfere with pregnancy and TTC, doing things like stimulating the uterus etc., but I don’t know which ones do what. I looked at lists, but they vary so much I just decided to avoid herbals in general. Blacks, greens and oolongs are fine, as long as you keep your caffeine under 200 mg.
Post # 4
The relationship between caffeine and difficulty conceiving isn’t clear, and there is definitely not enough evidence to say that caffeine causes difficulty conceiving. There is a correlation, but it’s complicated by the fact that, on the whole, older women tend to consume more caffeine, and older women are also much more likely to have a hard time conceiving. The best evidence that we have indicates that, while caffeine doesn’t help, small amounts of it also don’t seem to hurt.
Post # 5
Thanks, that is about what I thought but just thought it was worth asking.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I’m still researching this myself as I am a HUGE tea addict. I have 176 different types of tea in my cupboard right now.
I do know a couple great tricks for removing caffiene from tea. Steep the leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds, throw out that cup, and then steep the same leaves as you normally would. This first steeping releases most of the caffeine from the tea leaves so that subsequent cups have very little to no caffeine. Also, cold brewing tea releases less caffeine into the water than traditional hot brewing.
As for herbal teas, it’s entirely dependent on what’s in the tea. Some “herbal teas” don’t actually have any real tea in them. They’re just fruit, flowers, sugar, and/or actual herbal plants. Other teas labeled “herbal” are actually real tea and contain caffeine. You have to go off what’s in the ingredients, not what the tea is called.