I usually drink at least 5 cups of tea everyday before I am pregnant. So when I find out I am having the baby. This question comes to me: Can pregnant women drink tea?
Sometimes people consider tea as drug because when you are uncomfortable or getting a cold, a few cups of hot tea can help you breath better. Also sometimes people consider tea and coffee provide the same function and they are all one kind of drink to help people to keep awake because of caffeine. No Matter what, tea plays a little role in pregnant women’s life.
I actually do some research on line and here is some information I learned.
Don’t drink tea in first trimester.
Many doctors suggest that it is best not to drink tea in early pregnancy, because the first trimester is the fetal period of the formation of the nervous system. Theophylline and caffeine in tea and other ingredients will affect the fetal development
There is no regulation for which tea you can drink.
It is really interesting that many different opinions on which tea pregnant women can drink. Many websites or tea masters keep different views on this issue. However, they all have the same conclusion which is pregnant women should not drink strong tea and it is better not drink tea after dinner. The reason is very simple because the strong tea may discrease the opportunity of fetal growth and slow the development and having tea after dinner may keep pregnant woman have a sleepless night.
Afternoon tea is still the best for you.
I am so happy when I found out this: the best time to drink tea is preferably in an hour after lunch to one hour before dinner time. Because weak tea also contains tannin which hinders the absorption of iron, pregnant women if drinking weak tea 1 hour after a meal, you can not affect the absorption of iron, and can enhance the body resistance to disease.
What a great news, isn’t it?