Pregnancy was for a long time considered as the stage of a woman’s life, which contributed to her self-realization but as a natural event, women rarely considered the intake benefits of green tea and pregnancy.
In recent years health care provides have made women aware, how important it is to include folate (folic acid) in their diets even before getting pregnant because it prevents neural tube birth defects in their babies. However, folate is just a type of water-soluble B vitamin that does not provide additional supplements that a mother-to-be needs such as iron, magnesium, and calcium that can be found in herbal teas.
Pregnant women are advised to include folate in their diets, but rarely are advised about what they should drink other than water or natural fruit juice. Green tea has been mostly associated to weigh loss, but the epigallocatechins (EGCG), active compound of this type of tea, also benefits the appropriate cholesterol and blood sugar levels, among other health factors.
Green tea and pregnancy are topics recently discussed, as there is a common misconception when it comes to drinking certain beverages during gestation due to concerns of birth defect or disease. Even though green tea is among the safe infusions, the expectant mother can drink because this herbal tea is considered as health promoter since ancient times.
Difference between herbal and non-herbal teas is the cause that makes women wonders if green tea and pregnancy are compatible. While non-herbal teas contain some degree of caffeine and antioxidants, herbal teas are free of these and because there are no tea leaves involved, fermentation does not occur, like the example with black tea that is a flavored non-herbal tea.
If you have ever wondered if green tea and pregnancy can be used in your personal experience, the answer is most likely YES! Although, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is not enough studies to support the benefit of a variety of herbal teas and recommends caution consuming them, researchers have found enough evidence to consider green tea safe to drink and benefit for your overall wellness.
In general, terms herbal teas are caffeine free, one of the main concerns when it comes to pregnancy since caffeine intake during the gestational monthâ€™s increases the risk of miscarriage and other health problem for both the mother-to-be and the baby as it was published by American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology early this year. Nonetheless, some obstetricians agree that a moderate amount of caffeine intake during pregnancy is fine.
Drinking green tea is less risky than drinking caffeine, but if you are still concerned about green tea and pregnancy, ask your dietitian or health care provider to confirm that it is safe to consume, but bear in mind that due to unsupported studies about the interaction of green tea and folic acid some doctors recommend to increase the intake of folate if you drink more than two cups of green tea a day to avoid the folate enzyme could be inactivated or affected.