Green Tea and Pregnancy - Get the Facts!
However, you should be a little extra cautious as to HOW MUCH tea you consume. The reason some people think drinking tea during pregnancy is bad is because of the caffeine it contains and also because of how EGCG (epigallocatechins) affect the way folate is used in the body.
Folate helps to prevent neural tube birth defects in unborn babies.
Green Tea, Pregnancy & EGCG
EGCG molecules are structurally similar to methotrexate, which kills cancer cells by chemically bonding with enzyme dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) which is an enzyme contained in the body. The problem is that since EGCG is similar to methotextrate, it also bonds with DHFR which inactivates it. By inactivating it, the body can't use folate properly.
Green tea and pregnancy studies have been conducted and there are mixed reviews, as with almost anything in life. However, the studies in which green tea has negative side effects is only if you are drinking more than 6 cups six per day.
Solution? Drink only 1-2 cups per day, or if you want to drink a few more you can follow my
Drink With Green Tea With Caution
Drinking heavy amounts of caffeine while pregnant may cause things such as low birth weight, stillbirth and miscarriages. However, moderate amounts (2 cups or less) are shown to be fine.
Remember to stop drinking soda and coffee which have higher caffeine contents than tea. In my opinion the only things you should be drinking while pregnant are small amounts of tea, lots of water, and maybe some juices so you can give your baby the nutrients it needs.
Another option is to choose herbal tea and we also list safe herbs for pregnancy on our Chamomile Tea and Pregnancy Article. You can also look at Rooibos Tea to drink while you are pregnant, it is a great pregnancy tea. That way you get tons of health benefits, but with no caffeine so you won't have to worry about your baby's health!
There are also a few herbal teas that are marketed as a Pregnancy Tea. These herbal teas are blended especially to support the pregnancy, mom and baby. Toning the uterus, and helping mom to prepare her body for child birth along with providing key herbs to support all the changes a pregnant moms body undergoes in just 9 short months.
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