(Closed) Green tea and pregnancy/TTC

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My doctor had me on 4mg of folic acid since my sister had a cleft lip.  He says it’s the new recommendation and since it’s water soluble, you just pee out what you don’t need.

Green tea is great for your cervical fluid.  I just take my folic acid in the morning and take my tea in the evening.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ree723: I would consult your doctor. I’m nowhere near trying to conceive but I do drink a lot of green tea and I know the one I drink has a warning label that says “Warning: Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing. Consult your physician before use in the presence of hypertension or high blood pressure.”

I’ve heard that Raspberry Leaf tea is really good for women’s reproductive health but I have not used it myself.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

I did a lot of research on this when I was TTC as I drink a lot of green tea… basically it can help you conceive (good for CM) but then can block the uptake of folic acid.  I stopped drinking green tea as soon as we hit the two week wait, then didn’t have any again until after the first trimester.  I had it once in awhile after that.  Hope This Helps 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was so upset when I read that in WTEBYE!!  So I did the same as Tiramisu.  I’d been on pre-natals since we got married, and I love, love love green tea.  At TWW I stopped drinking it, and after the BFP, I’ve treated it like alcohol- very, very limited quantities.  I’ll have a small glass occasionally.  The thing that has helped me cope (I miss it more than wine and beer some days) is a chunk of lemon in cold water, refreshing, improves the taste of boring water, and low in calories. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My take on green tea (I am also an avid drinker) is this – drink 1-2 cups a day, at a different time of day than you take your PNV, and only drink it CD1-O.  Drinking green tea after O has been shown to cause uterine contractions that *could* effect implanation, so I figure better be safe than sorry.  Drinking green tea CD1-O is great, though – can help rid your body of bacteria and other things that can effect O or implantation, and really gears up the CM.

A word on WTEBYE – take it with a grain of salt.  Same with WTEWYE.  My doctor has warned me against those books because they contain a lot of misleading information and are filled with pregnancy scare tactics.  My doctor’s point was that pregnancy is not an illness, but those books treat you like you are sick.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@noenyu:  RRL tea is supposed to be amazing for toning the uterus (which aids a smooth labor and can help prevent herromaging) in the second and third trimesters!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah, I’m an avid green tea drinker as well. I started drinking tea as a sub for coffee, ended up loving it so much that it’s all I drink caffeine wise other than Diet Coke. I usually drink 2 cups of green tea in the morning, then take the prenatal later in the day. For awhile, I’ve been taking my prenatals at work after the tea. Now, I’m thinking that I can leave them at home and take them after work, thus after my green tea consumption. I really did focus the CM difference after going off birth control. Wow, green tea really helps it. I’m going to take @lemondrop: advice on how to drink it up until the TWW, treating it like alcohol. I haven’t had my tea yet today and will take my vitamins later in the day.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

RRL tea is also good for menstrual cramps!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was in a similar situation and took extra folic acid to be on the safe side.  It’s hard to take too much of that stuff as it’s water soluble!

The bottom line is that stressing out over green tea will probably reduce your fertility because stressing out over anything will!  

If you’d like a good replacement, I highly recommend red tea which is supposed to have all the antioxidant goodness without the folic acid worries.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ginnyc: That is if you like Rooibas tea which I hate. I’m a big tea drinker and won’t touch that stuff. Right now, I’m in the TTW. I’ve done one 10oz. cup of black tea a day or a can of soda (since our coffeemaker/hot water source is busted on my floor).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

So, I’ve heard that green tea is really only detrimental during the TWW, and even then only in large quantities.

This cycle, I tried 2-3 cups a day from CD1 – Ovulation, and was pretty amazed at the difference in my CM. I don’t get a lot to start with, so green tea made me feel pretty normal. Now that I’m post-O, I’ve cut it out, for the caffeine and the folic acid interference, just in case.

I do still have about a cup of something caffeinated a day…or else my 5am bakery shifts wouldn’t be happening.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@redsmarties: I think that green tea has helped my CM more than Mucinex. Mucinex seems to be worse for mine. For me, it’s all about green tea before and during ovulation. I actually like having one cup of black tea a day since I practically cut myself off of it for awhile. I love my Earl Grey tea in the morning. If I wasn’t controlling my caffeine, I would be drinking at least two to three cups a day.

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