(Closed) TTC Ladies: Watch Your Herbal Teas!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

NO way!! I love hibiscus in my tea! Honestly, I think for a good 6 months I drank a strawberry-hibiscus tea daily. Wonder if it could have been having an effect?

I’m frustrated FOR you! Chuck those teas out, lady! I’m headed to my cabinet right now.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@MrsFarmer:  Oh my gosh I’m so sorry… That’s terrible. Thank God for the bee, right? This sounds crazy, but I kind of hope that was the problem? I mean of course it’s awful, and I’m so sorry, but hey, you may have found a reason!!!! Cutting the herbal teas out may really make a difference for you!

I think we should post a thread about “THINGS NOT GOOD FOR TTC” like certain lubes, teas and herbs that not everyone knows about. I took Gingko Biloba for the first time on accident, just out of curiosity, then started Googling it. WHOOPS! My husband actually took it once too and now I’m terrified that it may have affected us.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Fertility-friendly-lifestyle-choices.htm

^this site talks about how Ginkgo Biloba and other herbs affect fertility. It’s from Harvard, so I think I trust it! Here’s a clip:

Three herbs that were tested in laboratory studies on human sperm and on hamster eggs produced adverse effects in either the sperm or the eggs, or both. Researchers at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California have found that tiny amounts of St. John’s wort, echinacea purpurea, and ginkgo biloba made the eggs impossible or difficult to fertilize, changed the genetic material in sperm, and reduced a sperm’s viability.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There’s lots of herbs and teas to avoid while ttc and during pregnancy.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Beware of Vitamin C (namely pure ascorbic acid). My period was very late one month and I began freaking out (not TTC), took a test and it was negative so I started looking for herbal remedies to encourage menstruation. I found a website about all this stuff, and there was a section specifically on “herbal abortion”, with high doses of ascorbic acid and parsley tea being the aiding herbs/supplements. Most drugstore brands include rose hips, which prevent the adverse effects of the vitamin c on pregnancy, but it’s something to note. For anyone who is interested, this is the website. There’a also a section on increasing fertility using herbs.

http://www.sisterzeus.com/Vit_C.htm

FWIW: the parsley tea DOES help bring about menstruation if used as directed. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Oh Shit.  I’m at about the implantation stage, and I had 2 cups of tea with hibiscus.  Damn you, Tazo tea passion fruit!!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Omg, I am glad I ready this. Thank you!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Omg, I am glad I ready this. Thank you!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MrsFarmer:  Ugh, how frusterating! I agree with a PP… I both hope that wasn’t causing a problem for you (cause how annoying would that be!) but also hope is WAS causing a problem, since you can fix it! My guess is that you’d have to be drinking A LOT for it to be an issue, but probably better just to be safe…

I’m pregnant now and I’m sort of petrified of tea. I wouldn’t drink any up until I was >20 weeks. Now I will have peppermint tea, and may eventually have red raspberry leaf tea, but the rest I’m avoiding since there’s not a lot of evidence regarding their safety.

(Funny story, when I was about 10 week along, I ordered tea at a coffee shop… they handed me the tea box, and as I started reading all the ingredients in each package, I got nervous… and finally left with just my steaming cup of hot water that cost me $1.50! Paranoid much?! I didn’t want to chance it though! 🙂 )

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Funny how now they claim you can have a drink while pregnant but herbal tea is a no no. I don’t get it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow! Had no idea! I drink loads of herbal teas and did so right thrugh TTC and conception. After becoming preg I only drink ginger and peppermint..they contain hibiscus! OOPS.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

But isn’t green tea good for fertility? I’m not currently TTC, but am still going to check my green tea box to make sure that’s not an ingredient!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh that makes me super sad :(.  My favorite tea ever – Lemon Rose from Peet’s has hibiscus as the third ingredient. 

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