Water retention, nausea… Which herbal teas during pregnancy?

Herbal teas are beverages that are often considered beneficial to health. This is even more true during pregnancy. However, some plants are not recommended for pregnant women. Which plants can have a beneficial effect in this infusion jungle and which herbal teas are contraindicated? We take stock in the company of Candice Lévy, naturopath, author of the book “The Plate of the Pregnant Woman”.

Infusions during pregnancy: which contraindicated plants to avoid (sage, licorice, etc.)?

Let’s start with the prohibitions. Certain plants should be avoided during pregnancy, explains Candice Lévy: “It’s important to avoid plants with strong laxative propertiess, such as rhubarb, senna and sea buckthorn. It is also necessary to avoid plants that contain phytoestrogens that are likely to increase hypertension, such as sage, licorice or even hops and fennel.” There are also contraindicated plants, since their potential abortive properties could increase the risk of miscarriage. In this category we find in particular saffron, flax and clover. However, it’s important to put things into perspective, as Candice Lévy explains: “These plants are obviously to be avoided, but you shouldn’t worry too much if you accidentally consume them in a mix, for example. The most dangerous plants to consume during pregnancy are not currently available over the counter due to their abortive effects.” However, if you have consumed any of these non-recommended plants and you are not feeling well, do not hesitate to speak to your midwife or gynecologist.

Can you drink tea and coffee when pregnant?

If not strictly herbal teas, tea and coffee remain hot beverages, and the tea itself comes from a plant. Can we drink tea and coffee during pregnancy? Yes, but in moderation! In fact, tea and especially coffee contain caffeine. The latter can have more severe effects in pregnant women, causing tachycardia and trouble sleeping. Worse, really excessive consumption of tea and coffee can lead to serious complications, up to and including miscarriage, but these are very rare consequences.

Pregnant, which herbal teas against nausea?

If, as seen above, certain herbal teas are to be avoided during the nine months of pregnancy, others offer real benefits to alleviate the small discomforts of pregnant women. For morning sickness, there are several herbal teas that relieve the digestive system, as Candice Lévy explains: “To reduce the risk of vomiting, it is possible to consume herbal teas ginger or even from cinammon. Both of these herbal teas have soothing properties for the stomach.”

Good habits before consuming herbal tea during pregnancy

Before you start consuming herbal teas, it is important to have some reflexes. It is therefore important to give preference to organic herbal teas as they are healthier for your health. In the event that the expectant mother wants to make her own infusion drinks, it is important to pick plants and flowers in places protected from pollution. After the flowers and plants have been picked, they must be rinsed well. It is recommended to wash in cold water first, then in boiling water. It is important to exercise caution and wash the plants well, especially for pregnant women who may not be immune to toxoplasmosis.

Laxative herbal teas recommended for constipation

Like nausea, episodes of constipation can also occur during pregnancy. What infusion should be preferred in an expectant mother with constipation? “For constipation, stop using herbal teas Mallow Blossom and Lemon Balm are very good because, unlike rhubarb, these herbal teas have milder laxative properties,” says Candice Lévy. With herbal tea, it is better to use a tablespoon for a cup of hot drink.

Which pregnant herbal tea for water retention?

Fluid retention is common during early pregnancy. The latter affects blood circulation and causes edema and a feeling of heavy legs in the future mother. Here, too, herbal teas can be taken for these symptoms, as Candice Lévy explains: “Red Vine is a very good herbal tea for relieving water retention during pregnancy. This contributes to the proper functioning of the bloodstream. Lemon can also be taken as an infusion because it has diuretic properties which will help reduce the feeling of heavy legs during water retention”. Hot beverages such as herbal teas are also preferable as it is important for expectant mothers with water retention to stay hydrated to promote blood flow.

Which herbal teas for heavy legs?

The feeling of heavy legs can occur regularly during pregnancy. This feeling can be due to water retention, but also more simply due to fatigue. Venous return, less tonic during pregnancy, results in less efficient blood circulation. Varicose veins can also appear… To relieve yourself, you can drink infusions of red wine and witch hazel. These plants are known to improve blood circulation and reduce that uncomfortable feeling in your legs. Also consider infusions based on cypress or nettle to combat heavy legs.

Other herbal teas for other ailments: urinary tract infections, sleep disorders…

If the most common ailments and the herbal teas recommended for their relief have been mentioned above, there are many others. In case of urinary tract infection, it is possible after consulting a doctor and after the prescribed treatment Infusions based on mallow blossoms and heather blossoms. Outside of pregnancy, if you have trouble falling asleep, you can also prepare infusions based on verbena, linden or orange blossom before going to bed.

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