Herbal Teas for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Herbal Teas for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Author -  Emma Baldwin- Nutritionist

Nutrition is highly important during pregnancy as it has major effects on all aspects of reproduction. During pregnancy, the fetus undergoes a rapid period of growth and development and it is important that mothers-to-be are aware of certain nutrients which could have negative effects on their unborn baby.

Caffeine, found in coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks, crosses the placenta (and breastmilk) and is not easily metabolised by the fetus. Therefore it is recommended that women limit their intake of caffeinated beverages. Likewise, some herbs present in caffeine free herbal teas can cross the placenta (and breastmilk) and are not appropriate for a developing fetus or infant. 

Listed below are the herbal teas in the Healtheries range which are deemed safe for consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and also our recommendations for the rest of the Healtheries tea range.

Safe during pregnancy:

Herbal Teas: Chamomile Original; Chamomile with Lemon & Manuka Honey

Red Bush/Rooibos: Red Bush Original; Red Bush with Vanilla

Functional Teas: Raspberry Leaf (we recommend using under the supervision of a healthcare professional)

Limited consumption during pregnancy recommended:

For the teas listed below we recommend no more than 1 cup a day during pregnancy, so choose your favourite and enjoy!

Herbal Teas: Peppermint Original

Fruit Flavoured Herbal Teas: Strawberry with a Lime Twist; Blackcurrant with Apple; Tropical with Mango & Passionfruit; New Zealand Apricot with Passionfruit; Cranberry with Apple; New Zealand Nectarine with Apple; Lemon & Ginger with Apple (Short-term use i.e, no more than 1 cup a day for 2-3 weeks); Pomegranate with Orange Peel; Superfruits; Wildberry

Green Teas: Pure Green Tea; Green Tea with Lemon; Green Tea with Mandarin; Green Tea with NZ Blueberry; Green Tea with Peach; Green Tea with Strawberry; Green Tea with Raspberry; Green Tea with Jasmine; Green Tea with Rose

Green tea contains naturally occurring caffeine however the caffeine concentration is generally less than what you will get from a black tea and coffee (depends on serving size and preparation methods).

Chai Tea: Chai Tea with Vanilla

Functional Teas: Sleep Chamomile & Passionflower with Blackcurrant; Sleep Chamomile & Passionflower Original; Sleep Chamomile & Peppermint; Wellness Echinacea & Lemon Original 

Do not take during pregnancy:

Naturally Slim Teas: Garcinia Cambogia & Lemon; Garcinia Cambogia & Superfruits

Herbal Teas: Liquorice Original

Functional Teas: Energise Ginseng Root; Uplift St John’s Wort; Herbalax Senna with Lemon; Herbalax Senna with Peppermint; Detox with Lemon; Tumeric with Lemon

Safe while breastfeeding:

Fruit Flavoured Herbal Teas: Strawberry with a Lime Twist; Tropical with Mango & Passionfruit; Blackcurrant with Apple; New Zealand Apricot with Passionfruit; Cranberry with Apple; New Zealand Nectarine with Apple; Lemon & Ginger with Apple; Pomegranate with Orange Peel; Superfruits; Wildberry

Chai Tea: Chai Tea with Vanilla

Herbal Teas: Chamomile Original; Chamomile with Lemon & Manuka Honey

Red Bush/Rooibos: Red Bush Original; Red Bush with Vanilla

Functional Teas: Wellness Echinacea & Lemon Original; Sleep Chamomile & Passionflower with Blackcurrant; Sleep Chamomile & Passionflower Original; Sleep Chamomile & Peppermint; Raspberry Leaf

Limited consumption during breastfeeding recommended:

For these teas we recommend no more than 1 cup per day during breastfeeding, so choose your favourite and enjoy!

Herbal Teas: Peppermint Original

Iced Teas: Green Tea Lime & Mint

Green Teas: Pure Green Tea; Green Tea with Lemon; Green Tea with Mandarin; Green Tea with NZ Blueberry; Green Tea with Peach; Green Tea with Strawberry; Green Tea with Raspberry; Green Tea with Jasmine; Green Tea with Rose

Do not take while breastfeeding:

Naturally Slim Teas: Garcinia Cambogia & Lemon; Garcinia Cambogia & Superfruits

Herbal Teas: Liquorice Original

Functional Teas: Energise Ginseng Root; Uplift St John’s Wort;  Herbalax Senna with Lemon; Herbalax Senna with Peppermint; Detox with Lemon; Tumeric with Lemon

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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