Post # 1
Did you cut out green tea during the TWW? I am at 3DPO now, and came across info that green tea is not good for implantation (while drinking my second cup of green tea at work…doh) Something about it interferring with foic acid absorption? I love my green tea and usually have 2 cups in the morning. I’m wondering if I should just aviod it during the TWW? What about in early pregnancy, did u avoid it after you got ur BFP?
Post # 3
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
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
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
Green tea can affect the absorption of folic acid, independant from its effects due to caffeine.
Post # 7
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
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).
Post # 9
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
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
This is an abstract done on a 2009 study on rats:
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 # 12
interesting study. But the study focused on rats from gestation day 6-17. From what I read, its the implantation that could be affected. So may be the adverse effects are “all or none” – that is if it doesn’t harm implentation or the first 5 days of gestation then the rat is fine and there are no adverse fetal malformations etc. but that is if they make it to that stage. off to pubmed for more researching…
anyways… I am thinking to cut back during the TWW (and potentially in early pg) and switch to rooibos tea.
really? not even rooibos tea?
So then, what do you girls drink in the morning if coffee and tea are out??? I need some kind of hot beverage, its not the caffeine per se, but just a nice hot drink that I need to get me going. Is rooibos OK? I also read that hibiscus (found in many herbal teas) may also be irritating to the uterine lining… ?!
Post # 13
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
She told me no tea, no caffeine. So I assume decaf tea would be okay.
Post # 15
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
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.