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Pregnancy & Tea: is my herbal tea safe to drink during pregnancy?

Last week we answered the question whether or not coffee is safe to drink during pregnancy.

This week we’re going to focus on herbal tea. Often when expecting mothers are cautioned about caffeine they start to drink large amounts of herbal tea instead. However, this may not be the safest alternative to caffeine.


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The truth is there are thousands of different herbs available, but only very few herbs have been researched for the effects on baby during pregnancy. 

These herbs are considered safe in moderation (2-3 cups of tea per day)

  • Rosehip
  • Blackberry
  • Ginger
  • Citrus peel
  • Orange peel
  • Lemon balm

There are a number of herbs that are potentially harmful during pregnancy including chamomile, aloe, and ginseng.

If you’re unsure about the herbs you enjoy as tea then talk to your doctor.



Duyff, Roberta Larson. American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012. Print.


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