Post # 1
I just found out that drinking green tea can prevent the absorption of folic acid and increase the likelihood of neural tube defects. I just found out I am pregnant (11dpo) and I have been drinking 1-2 cups of green tea a day, so I’m a little worried. I am going to cut it out completely now. Anyone else hear of this? Anyone else drink green tea during early pregnancy without negative effects?
Post # 2
I never heard there was anything wrong with it. Honestly, half the stuff they tell you not to eat is just because it might be a problem, not because it’s proved to be a problem.
Like anything else, I’d just drink it in moderation and check with your doc if you’re worried. Besides, if you’re on prenatals, you’re getting a big dose of folic acid anyway so chances are enough of it is getting absorbed.
(As a disclaimer, however, I am still eating unpasteurized cheese periodically – fresh from reputable sources -, wouldn’t freak if my deli sandwich wasn’t steaming, and had a delicious eggs Benedict this morning. I don’t actually know anyone who either knew of or abided by all the new pregnancy restrictions and all their kids are fine. Needless to say, unless it’s proved to be a serious risk, I take it with a grain of salt.)
Post # 3
If this were a huge problem, wouldn’t there be an epidemic of babies with neural tube defects in Japan?
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry at all at this point. I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was 6 weeks. Before I knew, I was gobbling ibuprofen and not taking prenatals. Obviously I would not have done that if I had known I was pregnant, and would never recommend that, but even after all of that, Dear Daughter is perfectly healthy. Don’t worry!
Post # 5
MissGeeBee: Try not to worry too much. I drank quite a bit of green tea back in the day (my Dear Daughter is 11 now). Before I knew I was pregnant, I was drinking green tea, as well as other caffeinated beverages and the occasional alcoholic drink. (Although I’ve never been a big drinker where alcohol is concerned.) Everything turned out just fine. My kiddo was a healthy, happy baby and has now grown into a healthy, happy (and sometimes annoying — LOL!) pre-teen. I am sure everything will turn out just great for you and your little one, too!
Post # 6
Never been pregnant, but as a child development student, I bleieve thatat only 11 dpo, the neural tube has not fully formed yet. according to the mayo clinic, tube development occurs in week 5, and you, not having even missed a period yet, would just be beginning week 4.
Post # 7
I am 8 months pregnant and have been drinking a cup of green tea every morning (3-4 before I got pregnant / knew I was pregnant). No neural tube deffects here.
Post # 8
On the flip side, I’ve never had green tea and my first child had a severe NT defect. It’s one of those now that you know, alter your pattern types of things, IMO. Wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Post # 9
Is this your first pregnancy? I’ll share what my doctor told me. I was really far along with my Dear Daughter before I knew I was pregnant so I wasn’t taking folic acid. My doc said that people have a store of folic acid and the baby can get a good bit of that but he advised me to take some before getting pregnant with No.2 because that store would be fairly depleted from the first pregnancy.
Post # 10
A google search makes everything sound like poison that will cause you to give birth to a three headed lizard baby. I wouldn’t worry too much.
Post # 11
You’re fine And baby is fine. you can take all the fold acid in the world and still have a baby with neural tube defecTs. Green tea in your tww is not going to do any harm.
Post # 12
MissGeeBee: I wouldn’t worry, most people have stores of folic acid. I didn’t find out I was pregnant until 8 weeks and I wasn’t taking folic acid or vitamins.