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How Good Is Decaf Tea During Pregnancy?

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Who does not enjoy a cup of tea or coffee the first thing after you wake up in the morning? Even though people may even skip breakfast due to their busy schedule, one does make sure they have their first cup of tea as soon as they wake up. Tea does provide an instant boost of energy to kick start your day positively. However, all this changes once you conceive. One becomes totally tensed about whether the tea or coffee you have is absolutely safe for the little life growing inside you. A healthy an nutritious diet becomes extremely important amidst so many doubts about what is good or bad for you.
Decaf tea in pregnancy
Relax as you do not have to give up your decaf tea just because you have conceived. Go on and read ahead about how safe decaf tea is during this special phase in your life and how much can be had every day. When you go in for decaf tea, the flavors are all there, it’s just the caffeine that is got rid of or lowered to the maximum. This makes it absolutely safe to drink even during pregnancy without having to compromise on flavor or taste.

  • How Much Tea Is Safe During Pregnancy?
  • How Can I Decaffeinate My Tea?
  • What Are The Dangers Of Caffeine Overindulgence During Pregnancy?

How Much Tea Is Safe During Pregnancy?

Just ensure that your intake of decaf tea should not cross 200 mg. This rounds it to around two to three cups of tea every day. This is not just because your coffee or tea that has caffeine in it, even cola, a cup of chocolate, iced tea or any energy drink also has traces of caffeine. You also need to be aware that some of the over the counter prescription drugs for common cold or headaches all contain traces of caffeine and this makes it important to ask your doctor whether they are safe for you during this crucial period. The best option would be thus to stick to a couple of cups of decaf tea per day and switch over to fresh juices or herbal drinks whenever you feel the need for a pep up. However, herbal teas are also not recommended for consumption above moderation as they have specific herbs and other kinds of additives that may prove dangerous for you during pregnancy. And also remember it is best to steer clear of black tea during conception period.

How Can I Decaffeinate My Tea?

The best idea would be to decaffeinate your tea yourself instead of buying or purchasing it from the market. All one needs to do is steeping the tea bag or your tea leaves for around half a minute, then throw off that water. Fill up your cup once more and steep once again. Now you have decaffeinated tea that is absolutely safe for you to drink during this period.
Pregnant woman tea

What Are The Dangers Of Caffeine Overindulgence During Pregnancy?

Over indulgence in caffeine during your pregnancy period can trigger unwanted and harmful effects in the baby growing inside your womb. The most common adverse effects include-

  • Low birth weight, which is often related to excessive caffeine consumption
  • Caffeine is known to act directly on the nervous system as an immediate stimulant which can hike up your blood pressure and in turn your heart beating rate
  • May lead to the mother being dehydrated very severely
  • Can also result in a miscarriage if the consumption of caffeine goes overboard
  • May also lead to sleeplessness
  • Trigger headaches
  • Caffeine triggers the release of acids in your tummy which can cause even diarrhea or a stomach upset
  • Beverages with caffeine have compounds which make it quite tough to absorb iron, which is extremely vital during pregnancy period. This can cause unwanted issues for women who are already anemic
  • It stresses the liver that is already stressed enough as they are already dealing out pregnancy hormones

The best deal would be to steer clear of coffee and tea slowly and get rid of the habit as your pregnancy progresses as it is not easy to give up your habit with just a few days. Slowly reduce the quantity of caffeinated to decaffeinate by lowering the amount of time you brew your tea. Although you may experience dizziness lethargy and irritability during the initial stages, as time progresses, you may find it quite easy to quit drinking caffeinated drinks altogether as this is best for you and your baby growing inside you.
So go ahead and find out whether decaffeinated tea is safe for your condition and then control your intake accordingly. Your gynecologist would be the best person who can advise you on this matter, as they know your constitution best. Once you get used to drinking decaffeinated tea in moderate quantities, you will surely find it easier to include them in your diet without any hassles during your pregnancy period.

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