5 Teas Safe for Pregnancy (and How to Prepare Them)

Updated in March 2024

Teas that are safe for pregnancy is a very controversial topic as there there are have been minimal studies carried out with all plants during pregnancy. Therefore it is difficulty to understand their effects on the woman's body and whether they impact the baby's development.

Therefore, you should ideally avoid consuming any tea without the approval of your OBGYN or a medicinal plant specialist. You should opt for other natural options to treat common problems, such as nausea, anxiety, constipation or even flu symptoms.

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Although they are considered to be natural forms of therapy, teas are made from plants with active substances that can strongly affect the functioning of the body. Some can cause complications during pregnancy, like miscarriage, fetal malformations or bleeding. Therefore, even teas that are not considered dangerous should only be consumed as approved by a doctor without exceed 3 cups per day.

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List of pregnancy-safe teas

Although most plants should not be consumed during pregnancy, there are others that can continue to be used, as long as you stay within certain doses and under the guidance of a doctor. They can be used to treat mild pregnancy conditions.

1. Ginger: heartburn, nausea and vomiting

Ginger is a great natural option for relieving heartburn or nausea. It can be used during pregnancy, as long as you do not exceed a dose of 1 gram of dry root per day, in 200 mL of boiling water, for a maximum period of 4 consecutive days.

If you prepare ginger tea with 1 gram of ginger, you should only drink it once a day (and for up to 4 days), preferably in the morning, as this is the most common time for nausea to appear.

Check-out other ways to fight nausea during pregnancy using natural remedies.

2. Cranberry: urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infections are a very common condition during pregnancy, and usually occurs due to hormonal changes that typically happen with pregnancy. Cranberries can be an excellent solution to prevent UTIs, and are safe to consume during pregnancy. You can consume 50 to 200 mL of cranberry juice, 1 or 2 times a day.

Learn more about how UTIs are treated during pregnancy.

3. Green tea: tiredness and lack of energy

Although it has caffeine like coffee, green tea may be a safer option to replace its use. However, whenever possible, you should opt for other ways of treating fatigue during pregnancy.

If approved by your doctor, you can consume 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves, which can be added to 250 mL of boiling water, once a day, for up to 4 consecutive days.

4. Prunes: constipation

Most laxative teas, such as senna, are dangerous during pregnancy and should therefore be avoided. However, dried plums are an excellent natural option that is very effective and can be used during pregnancy.

To use dried plums, simply ingest 1 plum 30 minutes before your 3 main meals, or smash 3 dried plums in a glass of water for 12 hours, then drink the mixture on an empty stomach.

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5. Lemon tea with ginger: cough

Lemon tea with ginger is a great natural option to relieve coughs during pregnancy. The phenolic compounds in ginger, such as the gingerol, shogaol and zingerone, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that facilitate the elimination of secretions and help to combat coughing.

Ginger tea can be prepared by placing 2 to 3 cm of fresh ginger root and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a pot with 180 mL of water. Let this boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain, add the lemon juice and let it cool. You should ideally avoid exceeding a dose of 1 gram of ginger root per day, for a maximum period of 4 days in a row.