Harness the power of herbal tea during pregnancy and postpartum! Nourishing your pregnant body is a top priority. Drinking tea is an easy way to boost nutrients so you can grow a healthy baby. During the postpartum period, herbal tea can provide nourishment for the body to heal.

5 Herbal Teas You Should Be Drinking During Pregnancy (and Postpartum)

Harness the power of herbal tea during pregnancy and postpartum! Nourishing your pregnant body is a top priority. Drinking tea is an easy way to boost nutrients so you can grow a healthy baby. During the postpartum period, herbal tea can provide nourishment for the body to heal.

Being a big tea drinker, I was excited to learn that tea was an not only an acceptable drink during pregnancy, but also a nourishing one. Drinking tea is actually one of my secrets, as a mama of 4, to feeling great during pregnancy and preparing for an easy labor.

For thousands of years, women have used herbs to strengthen their bodies for labor and childbirth. Today it is easier than ever to access this wisdom and herbal teas that can help nourish and heal your body.

 

Harness the power of herbal tea during pregnancy and postpartum! Nourishing your pregnant body is a top priority. Drinking tea is an easy way to boost nutrients so you can grow a healthy baby. During the postpartum period, herbal tea can provide nourishment for the body to heal. Read on to learn the best herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

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This post is Part 2 of the Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series dedicated to helping you learning how to care for yourself during pregnancy and postpartum by focusing on what you put in your body.

Check out Part 1 – 11 mistakes that might be making your pregnancy uncomfortable here.

Check out Part 3 – 21 Time Saving Kitchen Tips for Pregnant and Busy Moms

Drinking tea during pregnancy is one of those essential things you really should be doing in conjunction with starting a healthy pregnancy routine and nourishing your body.

Read on to learn which herbs are the best to drink when pregnant, how to use herbal tea to ease pregnancy related ailments and to heal during postpartum recovery.

And make sure to download your FREE PDF with 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body – it’s my best recommendations on how feel your best during pregnancy.

Common questions about herbal tea during pregnancy

Here are the answers to a few common questions that mamas ask about drinking herbal tea during pregnancy.

What is herbal tea?  Herbal tea, or what some might call herbal tonic or infusion, uses flowers, seeds, roots, berries or leaves of plants that aren’t from the tea plant. Steeping the herbs in hot water for an extended time (anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 hours) just as you would tea releases the medicinal properties.

So why should I be drinking tea during pregnancy? Well the simple answer is because its good for you. Herbal tea  is packed with nutrients including calcium, iron and magnesium that you need to nourish your pregnant body and grow a healthy baby.

Plus herbal tea is caffeine free, making it a good alternative to coffee.

And herbal tea can relieve pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and swelling, as well as help your body recover from childbirth naturally. Herbal tea is a natural alternative to over the counter medications during pregnancy.

Is it safe to drink herbal tea during pregnancy?  It is always best to consult your care provider for guidance, but all of the teas listed in this article are generally accepted as being safe to drink during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  Always look for adverse reactions with anything you put in your body during pregnancy. 

How often should I drink herbal tea while pregnant? With most daily, up to 3 times is generally safe. According to Susun Weed, the author of Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year,

Most tonics need to be used regularly, for a tonic is to the cells what much like exercise is to the muscles: not much use when done erratically.

 


Best herbal teas to drink during pregnancy

Always having been fascinated by the healing power of herbs, I was blessed to be gifted a copy of Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year early in my motherhood journeyIt is filled with excellent advice on how to use herbs to nourish your body during pregnancy and postpartum. I used the advice that I found in this book and my personal experience as the basis for the best pregnancy tea recommendations.

#1 – Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Perhaps the most widely recommend tea for pregnancy. It is known for its ability to tone the uterus and aide in fast and easy births. I drank red raspberry leaf tea religiously during my pregnancies. It has a wonderful taste and I ended up with 4 relatively fast, easy labors. (But its not the magic pill! You still need a healthy pregnancy routine too!) Here are the benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea:

First Trimester:

  • Prevent miscarriage – Red raspberry leaf tones the uterus
  • Morning sickness – relief of nausea and stomach discomfort

Throughout pregnancy:

  • Added nutirents -Red raspberry leaf contains a high amount of vitamin C, as well as, vitamin E, calcium and iron. It also contain vitamin A and B complex.
  • Toning the uterus and preparing the pelvic region
  • Reducing pain during labor and after birth
  • Encourages the uterus to let go and function without tension and more effectively
  • Can help to bring down an undelivered placenta.

red raspberry tea pregnancy. Best herbal tea for pregnancy

To get the full benefits of red raspberry leaf drink 1-3 times daily throughout pregnancy.

#2 – Nettle Leaf Tea 

After reading about nettle tea in Wise Woman Herbal, I was sold on drinking it daily. I actually like mine with a little almond milk and honey. I love the flavor so much that I still drink it almost daily now 2 years postpartum. What are the benefits of nettle tea during pregnancy?

  • Has more chlorophyll than any other herb
  • It is high in calcium, vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulfur.
  • Aids in kidney function
  • Helps ease leg cramps – I had severe leg cramps during my 1st pregnancy. After adding nettle tea to my daily routine during my later pregnancies, I rarely experienced leg cramps.

nettle tea pregnancy

#3 – Ginger Tea 

This is my go-to morning sickness remedy. Ginger  tea has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, aids in digestion and contains a wealth of antioxidants. You can use either fresh ginger root or prepackaged tea.  Here are some additional benefits of drinking ginger tea:

  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Can help reduce muscle pain and soreness
  • Eases indigestion – if you are having a lot of indigestion early in pregnancy, maybe you are having a boy! (That’s an old wives tales that turned out true for me.) But really, drinking ginger tea during pregnancy reduces indigestion.

ginger tea pregnancy, best herbal tea during pregnancy

#4 – Dandelion Tea

The earthy taste of dandelion root makes this tea one of my favorites. I used it to help with bladder and kidney issues. Fair warning you may find yourself going to the bathroom more (I know, you are thinking – as if that is even possible), but the cool thing about it is the bladder actual feels more empty and relieved. The benefits of drinking dandelion tea during pregnancy:

  • High in vitamins A, B, C, D, calcium, potassium and iron. Source of folic acid.
  • Cleanses the liver
  • Gentle diuretic that can be used for pregnancy related water retention and swelling.
  • Reduces risk for urinary track infections.
  • Helps to purify the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation.
  • Helps with constipation
  • For preeclampsia – In Wise Woman Herbal, Susun has a whole section on the best herbs for preeclampsia and diet recommendations used to help women have healthy pregnancies. It’s a great resource for anyone diagnosed with preeclampsia. Definitely check it out.

dandelion tea pregnancy, best herbal tea during pregnancy

#5 – Peppermint tea

A safe herb for pregnancy, peppermint tea has an uplifting affect. While some many prefer the taste alone, I like to mix it with other teas. For example 3 tea bags of red raspberry leaf tea + 1 bag of peppermint tea + 4 quarts of water + 2 tbsp of raw honey. Then chill.  It makes a lovely pregnancy iced tea. Here are the benefits of drinking peppermint tea during pregnancy:

  • High in potassium, and a good source of manganese, copper and vitamin C.
  • Helps ease morning sickness
  • A safe, natural way to treat coughs and cold during pregnancy
  • Helps with indigestion, heartburn and bloating
  • Relieve headaches

peppermint tea pregnancy, best herbal tea during pregnancy

Best Herbal Teas for Postpartum Recovery

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – Again red raspberry leaf is the star herb for postpartum recovery.

  • Drink it for aiding in relief from after pains.
  • Help with producing adequate supply of breast milk.

Nettle Leaf Tea 

  • Can help with postpartum bleeding – contains vitamin K and increase the available hemoglobin
  • Helps ease pains after birth – due to its high calcium content, nettle is an excellent choice for easing uterus and leg pain in the days after childbirth.
  • Encourages breastmilk production

Dandelion Tea

  • Can help to prevent jaundice in newborn
  • Aides in kidney and liver function

Lemon Balm Leaf Tea – 

  • Mood booster
  • Helps with baby blues and postpartum depression

lemon balm tea postpartum

Chamomile Tea – 

  • Mental relaxer
  • Reduce pain after birth
  • Helps to go to sleep easily

chamomile tea pregnancy

Fenugreek – 

  • Helps ease digestive issues
  • Aids in healthy breast milk production
  • Reduces inflammation in the body

fenugreek tea postpartum

The recommendations in this post just barely touch the surface of the wealth of wisdom that lies within Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. It covers pregnancy, postpartum and infant herbal care. It’s a resource that all natural mama’s should have on hand! Get your own copy on Amazon here.

The information in this post is not intended to replace medical information. Do your own research and consult your care provider before consuming any of the products mentioned. 

Read Part 1 of the Nourish Your Pregnant Body Series – 11 mistakes that might be making your pregnancy uncomfortable. Learn the common mistakes we make when it comes to eating a healthy pregnancy diet and simple solutions to help you overcome them.

Read Part 3 – 21 Time Saving Kitchen Tips for Pregnant and Busy Moms

Learn how to start a healthy pregnancy routine here.

Make sure to download your FREE 1 page pdf below with 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body

 17 way to nourish your pregnant body

Do you drink herbal tea during pregnancy? What are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!

References:

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section5

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7134/8-reasons-to-drink-dandelion-root-tea.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx

https://draxe.com/fenugreek/

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