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Which hot drinks are safe during pregnancy?

(46 Posts)
nicky98 Sat 12-Jan-08 13:15:55

Hi I've recently discovered I'm pregnant and have been frantically reading up on what I can and can't eat and drink. I want to cut out caffeine completely but am wondering which hot drinks are safe. Is green tea ok? What about fruit teas? And which herbal teas are safe? Otherwise it'll have to be hot chocolate all the waywink . Thanks.

belgo Sat 12-Jan-08 13:18:39

one or two instant coffees a day is ok. If you suddeny cut it out completely, you may get headaches - at least I do.

belgo Sat 12-Jan-08 13:19:14

oh and congratulations, and well done for wanting to do everything right regarding your pregnancysmile

pyjamagirl Sat 12-Jan-08 13:19:29

The only tea I think you should stay away from is raspberry leaf everything else is fine I think.


pyjamagirl Sat 12-Jan-08 13:19:51

Oh yeah and not lots of coffee

MuffinMclay Sat 12-Jan-08 13:22:51

Doesn't green tea cancel out the good effects of folic acid tablets (although doesnt actually do any harm in itself)?

I thought it was best to keep off it until 12 weeks.

Peachy Sat 12-Jan-08 13:29:13

your local health food shop will do alternatives to coffee amde from other caffeine free plants

and there's always caffeine free tea and coffee!

FrannyandZooey Sat 12-Jan-08 13:32:33

redbush tea is lovely and safe, and healthy

I've been meaning to ask but keep forgetting - can you drink Ovaltine when you are pregnant?? I heard you should lay off anything with Vit A in, so wondered if that meant Ovaltine as well?

Beck74 Sat 12-Jan-08 13:52:06

I read in the rough guide to pregnancy that Ovaltine is a good, quick iron boost, so would think it's safe.

Carolbrad Sat 12-Jan-08 17:32:49

Does anyone know if you need to limit he number of decaf coffees? I'm not really sure how caffine free 'decaf' really is.

Kezza7779 Sat 12-Jan-08 17:55:21

DECAF NESCAFE COFFEE and DECAF TETLEY TEA, tastes no different. I have one decaf in the morning and one decaf in the evening else i get really bad headaches - This is perfectly safe!xxx

Kezza7779 Sat 12-Jan-08 17:58:34

they say about 3-5 normal caffeine drinks, however decaf is no caffeine. If your drinking decaf tea its full of anti oxidants, its part of your water and milk allowance and its harmless as no caffeine!! Good choice!

Peachy Sat 12-Jan-08 18:00:15

You don't need to limit coffee- it's a recommendation and a good idea but not a 'need' in the way that, say, raw eggs orendless amounts of oily fish / liver is.

Ovelatine is fine in PG- why wouldn't it be <<confused emoticon>>.

The only 'need' stuff is when something has been shown it can directly harm a baby by way of carrying potentially lethal bugs (eg listeria, salmonella) or high levels of mercury and polution. the rest is about not going to excess and common sense.

cosima Sat 12-Jan-08 18:01:03

green tea is NOT advisable in pregnancy. Don't know why but i definately read it somewhere recently

DaisyMoo Sat 12-Jan-08 18:12:26

One of my friends drinks hot water on its own or with a bit of lemon juice added. Don't fancy it myself, but she likes it and there's nothing in there that could possibly do any harm!

PutThatInYourPipeandSmokeIt Sat 12-Jan-08 18:28:37

No green tea
No tea with aloe vera in

Yes to hot lemon & honey
Yes to cammomile
Yes to peppermint tea
Yes to Redbush tea
Yes to decaff coffee / tea

Fleurie76 Sat 12-Jan-08 18:34:27

Congratulations on your pregnancy Nicky.
Have to say I agree with Peachy, it is only a recommendation that you cut it down. If you have the odd cup of coffee or tea then don't worry about it!
In early preganancy you can feel overwhelmed with the amount of information you have to take in and all the supposed dos and don'ts, go with your common sense and what you feel comfortable with.
IMHO there is way too much hysteria over what you can and can't eat / drink when pregnant.

dinnersinthedog Sat 12-Jan-08 18:36:20

It wasn't good for me to drink any hot drinks late in pg as evrytime I sat down all of my LOs wriggled and kicked and sent the mug flying grin

madmouse Sat 12-Jan-08 18:50:32

If you are serious about no caffeine at all (and I think that is a bit too strict!) then hot chocolate is out too as it contains caffeine!

Try fennel tea, love it.

Can't imagine any reason why green tea would be unsafe, it is just black tea that has not been dried, same plant!

Fruit teas are generally safe.

My rule on herbal teas is not to take anything that makes any claims, eg to calm you down, pick you up, make you happy etc.

PutThatInYourPipeandSmokeIt Sat 12-Jan-08 19:26:42

My understanding is that green tea CAN effect the way that folate is metabolised (i.e. folic acid) and can hence alter the amount that your baby can utilise...

Kezza7779 Sun 13-Jan-08 18:22:22

PS i didnt mean ONE DECAF in morning and ONE in evening i meant i drink CAFFEINE Once in the morning and ONCE in the evening the rest is decaf!!

Habbibu Sun 13-Jan-08 18:27:54

There has been one study at least which suggested that green tea has anti-folate properties. Fleurie, yes, there's a lot said, and in most cases it doesn't make any difference, but if you are, like me, someone whose body may not metabolise folate terribly well, you may not find that out until you discover your baby has a birth defect. If it's just about not having green tea for a few months then maybe it's worthwhile.

Sorry if this comes across as harsh - it's rather close to my heart!

Gingerbear Sun 13-Jan-08 18:30:33

Oh, just drink what you fancy in moderation.
I went off coffee completely when PG.
Mulled wine and hot toddy not recommended though.

pigleychez Sun 13-Jan-08 18:33:46

Mum2b2BabyRoo In both the bounty packs ive recived since being pregnant theres been a free sachet of Ovaltine. States that its a good source of Folic Acid.

Must be ok or it wouldnt be in the packs they give to pregnant women

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