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Giving up tea and coffee, need a substitute that won't compromise iron absorption

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expatinscotland Wed 20-Aug-08 18:35:57

am anaemic again, but so far not too badly.

levels right around 10.

do NOT want it to drop the way it did with DD2 (6 or lower) because then i won't be able to give birth in MLU due to PPH risk.

i love my tea and coffee, but it's going to have to go.

any herbal teas out there that won't compromise iron absorption?

it's bad enough i have to eat fecking clementines with this acid reflux.

moondog Wed 20-Aug-08 18:37:38

Redbush tea.(It's not tea though) Tiktok brand.
I drink nothing else now.

expatinscotland Wed 20-Aug-08 18:38:56

OH NO! That stuff is the dry boak, moony!

How did you acquire the test.

It's vile.

It smells like bark.

moondog Wed 20-Aug-08 18:40:22

You nutter!
It's lovely. Gentle and soothing.

expatinscotland Wed 20-Aug-08 18:41:21


My landlord's daughter is married to a Afrikaans man and he drinks that rankness with breakfast.

She can't stand it, either.

It's vile.

justjules Wed 20-Aug-08 18:44:30

i drank this when giving up tea and coffee

justjules Wed 20-Aug-08 18:45:37

the strawberry and mango is good too

and the blackcurrant

moondog Wed 20-Aug-08 18:48:17

Those fruit/herbal things always smell better than they taste.
I could think of alot worse for yuo than the odd tea/coffee mind you.

expatinscotland Wed 20-Aug-08 18:49:32

I could, too, moondog, and up till now I was having it.

But I seriously don't want to become anymore than mildly anaemic because I know how much it truly sucks, not to mention having to go across the water to give birth.

Now I have an excuse to drink Guinness .

bikerunski Wed 20-Aug-08 20:46:09

Hot Ribena

AHB238 Thu 21-Aug-08 08:51:21

Have you tried Ovaltine??

It contains Iron. I have attached the above link address for Mums to be from the Ovaltine website.

I was going to suggest Horlicks, however that contains Vitamin A which is recommended you don't consume too much during pregnancy.


puffylovett Thu 21-Aug-08 08:54:34

another vote here for redbush.

I normally wouldn't recommend decaff coffee due to the chemical process used to decaffeinate it. BUT, the Swiss Water Process decaff coffee is supposed to be really good, no chemical extraction etc.

notsogummyanymore Thu 21-Aug-08 14:31:34

another vote for red bush! also clipper decaf coffee says it doesnt use any chemicals. not bad either. horlicks has hydrogenated veg oil (horror!) but ovaltine is fab! the make with milk one though because the instant one is full of sweetners.

TigerFeet Thu 21-Aug-08 14:35:53

What would be the minimum tea/coffee you could manage on?

I'm thinking that perhaps if you had, eg, coffee at breakfast, then spatone in orange juice mid morning, you could still have your coffee but keep your iron levels up.

I like peppermint tea and green tea but I know that a lot of people think that sort of thing taste like grass clippings grin. I do agree about the fruit teas though - I am yet to find one that isn't a total disappointment.

WorzselMummage Thu 21-Aug-08 15:03:24

That Redbush stuff is repulsive shock

cathym Thu 21-Aug-08 15:33:04

Another vote for redbush I'm afraid. You don't have to worry about any chemicals as it is naturally caffeine free. Its known as liquid rust at work, where people don't really share my liking for it.

BrightSideOfLife Thu 21-Aug-08 16:57:55

I started drinking 'No Caff' - you can buy it at a good health store. It is a coffee substitute that is made of chicory, figs & barley. It contains no caffeine and is organic, and actually tastes alot like coffee.

I really enjoy it and my DH does to (He was a real coffee-addict!)

But there again, I like Rooibos (Or as you are calling it - Red Bush) tea, so I guess it depends on personal preference grin

babyinbelly Thu 21-Aug-08 17:22:00

I love a nice mug of warm milk! Best when dp makes it as a treat. Not a regular 'any time of day' drink

loulou33 Thu 21-Aug-08 18:50:57

Hi you can still drink caffeine/tannin if you're anaemic just not within an hour either side of iron rich foods or your iron preapration.

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