Herbal Teas for Pregnancy
A general note on herbal teas
Herbs are a big grey area in pregnancy because we simply don’t have the data to either prove safety or not, i.e. there is no “yes or no” answer for most.
That being said, when adverse effects are seen, it is generally in consuming large amounts of the herb (more than 1-2 cups of tea per day).
So, keep in mind two factors, 1) you are not consuming the herb directly when drinking tea, 2) further, you generally steep the tea for 1-3 minutes so what you have is a very minute about a herb left.
Quality assurance in herbal teas
Herbal teas fall under the dietary supplements category in the FDA’s eyes, so that means they are not well-regulated.
So, what do we do?
We should seek a quality brand and product. Generally, I recommend buying organic teas as it typically means better sourcing.
Herbs I generally steer clear of when looking at teas for pregnancy:
Based on the International Journal of Childbirth Education, Herbs and Natural Therapies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, Volume 24 Number 2
- Licorice/licorice root
Note: sometimes it is better to buy teas in-store since unfortunately, sellers on Amazon may be falsely replicating brands or sending “fake products” (the same goes for supplements), but for ease of clicking and locating I have linked to Amazon for all teas listed.
The below options are safe for preconception and pregnancy. This is not an all-inclusive list meaning there may be other teas you can enjoy.
- Gas and Bloating Relief Tea
- Ginger with chamomile
- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Red Raspberry Leaf – Traditional Medicinal
- Lemon Balm
- Morning sickness ginger orange tea
- Nettle Leaf Tea
Generally, fruit-based teas like lemon, peach, raspberry, etc. are safe to use as well.
For more information on Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, click here to view this note.
For more information on Ginger, click here to view this note.
If you have a tea you aren’t sure about, first, search the community forum to see if someone else had the same question as you, but if not, feel free to post your tea there, too. Although it is likely I will respond with something similar as I have listed at the beginning of this note.
Note: I am not an affiliate or partner with any of the brands above.