Green tea and pregnancy/TTC

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I avoided it after finding out I was pregnant.  Spina bifida is no joke, why chance it?  There’s plenty of other delicious teas to drink!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I avoided it until well into my second trimester.  And even that was after tons of research to find out if it’s ok.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@AEMalmostK: not neccesarily….. too much caffeine in general can lead to decreased absorption of folic acid, hence possible neural tube defects, but not from green tea itself. It is actually better to have green tea compared to coffee bc it has way less caffeine (green tea = appx 50 mg per cup, coffee = about 200 mg per cup). As long as you aren’t drinking it all day, and not taking your prenatal vitamin at the same time, one or two cups of green tea per day won’t give your baby spina bifida. In fact, it might be good bc of the antioxadants, which are beneficial for cell growth. 

OP- green tea is fine in moderation, and a much better caffeine choice than coffee if you (like me) need some type of caffeine fix. I’m drinking it instead of coffee now, just making sure I don’t take my prenatal vit at same time. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Green tea can affect the absorption of folic acid, independant from its effects due to caffeine.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I specifically asked this question to my doctor last night (as green tea is the ONLY tea I like) and she said “No, absolutely no tea”.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Steinberg:  yes, re-read the article where I found the info and I typed it wrong.  But still, just don’t take your prenatal vitamin at the same time you drink the tea and it should be fine. Plus the article says that you have to drink a huge amount of it to decrease folic acid absorption. 
 

I drank it during TWW. I am going to continue to have a cup in the morning bc if I don’t, I get a caffeine headache (I am in medical school, so have been used to drinking A TON of caffeine up until TTC, and even then, I still would have at least a cup of coffee per day, sometimes another in the afternoon).  

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x568596/is-it-safe-to-drink-green-tea-during-pregnancy

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There is a warning on my favorite green tea that says not to drink it during pregnancy.. so I would not drink it!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

All of the articles I am finding have one thing in common:  it might be dangerous in LARGE amounts, but there needs to be more research done to prove this. I don’t consider 2 cups in the morning a very large amount.  Maybe cut it to one cup per day, but if you are not doing things super detrimental to your health, I would not change your entire life during the TWW, I think it is kind of silly.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is an abstract done on a 2009 study on rats: 

Abstract

Evidence suggests that the health benefits associated with green tea consumption are related to tea catechins. The objective of this study was to evaluate potential maternal and fetal effects of standardized heat-sterilized green tea catechins (GTC-H). GTC-H was gavage administered to mated female rats from gestation day 6 through 17, at doses of 0, 200, 600, and 2000 mg/kg/day. There were no GTC-H-related deaths or macroscopic findings. During the entire gestation period in the high-dose (2000 mg/kg/day)-treated group and during days 6-9 and 6-18 in the 600 mg/kg/day group, mean body weight gain was lower. Mean feed consumption was lower during gestation days 6-9 in the 600 mg/kg/day group and during gestation days 6-9 and 9-12 in the 2000 mg/kg/day group. Compared to the control group, mean body weights in the 600 and 2000 mg/kg/day groups were up to 5.1% and 7.7% lower during gestation days 9-20. GTC-H administration did not affect mean gravid uterine weights or intrauterine growth and survival. There were no GTC-H-related fetal malformations or developmental variations. Based on the results of this study, the no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) for GTC-H was 200mg/kg/day for maternal toxicity, and 2000 mg/kg/day for embryo/fetal development.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What about hot apple cider or hot chocolate?

I know it is boring, but when I found out that green and herbal teas are bad for TTC, I realized that I really just like holding something hot, so I just drink hot water, plain.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MrsOats:  She told me no tea, no caffeine. So I assume decaf tea would be okay.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m still drinking tea and coffee.  I figure it’s fine in moderation.  There’s no way I can cut out caffiene 100%.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

The only Tea I’m drinking is Organic Peppermint Tea.  That’s it!  I haven’t even seen my doctor yet and I’m a worrywart so I’m just being super super super cautious.  I am Japanese though and culturally we drink a ton of Green Tea so I can’t believe it would be super awful, then again I’m also not a doctor. 

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