Safe teas in early pregnancy?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

you can have up to 200 mg of caffeine which is the same as a cup of instant coffee or 2 cups of English Breakfast tea.

I am British so a massive tea drinker. I switched to decaf tea when I got pregnant but I do have the occasional full caf version too (I am 26 weeks now) Riobos / redbush tea is naturally caffeine free and has more of that ‘tea’ flavour.

Green tea has caffeine but very little so you could have a cup of that a day too.

Most fruit teas are find but be careful not to have any rasperbery leaf tea.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Ginger tea has been my go to. Be sure to read labels though bc sometimes they sneak other herbs in there that are not considered safe.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  Just to add you can totally have decaf coffee in the first tri. Again I have just finished my morning decaf soya latte.

If you look on the NHS website they have all the info about what you can and cannot eat / drink. I would only look here tbh. Different countries have different advice about this due to different food safety standards. So in the UK you can have egg yolks runny if the eggs are lion marked, this isn’t safe outside the UK. .

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  You’re good to have a bit of caffeine so go ahead with the decaf.

Flu jab is a huge YES! Get that done NOW. I very sadly know a woman who caught flu at 8 weeks and at the 20 week scan they discovered some serious structural issues with baby’s brain which were caused by her having flu. Sadly these issues were incompatable with life and she had to make the decision to terminate the pregancy at 24 weeks. You can go to your local pharmacy and get the NHS jab there. I got mine at my local Boots. I don’t think they asked for my excemption certificate so you can do it before you get that (you will get the form to send off for the excemption certificate at your booking in)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  if it is at the doctors no – go along on Saturday. They have in their records that you are pregant. That is all they need to know. Pregnant women are eligable for the jab on the NHS and chances are they texted you because the texted all their eligable patients.

I am 26 weeks so I was already far along enough to have the certificate. It is mostly for claiming free prescriptions and for getting free eye tests / dental treatment. Like I said, they didn’t ask to see mine at Boots (but then I have a clear bump so who knows)

Seriously – don’t wait – get it done yesterday. It is still early in flu season and it takes 2 weeks to become effective.

Reminds me I need to book in for my whooping cough vaccination….

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m in the UK too and literally called up and said: “I’m pregnant and need to have my flu jab” and they booked me in. I would just go!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

alice88 :  Great! One thing I found really weird about early pregnancy is that people just tend to take your word for it that you’re pregnant?! Very odd but makes things easier! xx

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  glad you’re going. Also nag your partner to go and have his done too. It is only £15 quid I think if he can’t get it through work. Belt and braces and all that.

I booked my whooping cough jab so that will be me sorted for injections for a while.

shanmia :  that is a good point. People do just assume you are telling the truth. Even when I went to get my baby on board badge I expected some questions but they just gave it to me.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Maybe rooibos tea? It is a darker tea, but not caffeinated  it may be one of those “grey area teas”…. a quick google search showed that some say it is fine and others not.  Haha  my post is not helpful! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I researched this fairly extensively and it seemed to me that rooibos is the safest herbal tea option.  I found various things that said cinnamon, chamomile, or mint teas were potentially harmful.  But I couldn’t find a bad thing about rooibos.  Apparently it is routinely consumed by little kids in Africa or something, and doesn’t do anything bad to anyone.  I think the problem I found in the US is that, because they are not under the same FDA approval process as other foods, herbal teas are put in the category of “potentially unsafe.”  But that doesn’t mean that they are all actually dangerous.  Do your own research, but I felt comfortable drinking rooibos when I was pregnant.  Also, it is delicious, so that’s important too.

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