can i drink green tea if pregnant

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Tiffany - posted on 01/26/2009

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Green tea is not a problem during pregnancy, neither is coffee or sodas. The key is having them in moderation. I will be having my second child in the next few weeks. I drank all of the above throughout both pregnancies along with tons of water & 100% juice. I am categorized as a high risk pregnancy as I had a miscarriage & ectopic pregnancy in between my children & also had a tumor removed from my ovary while I was pregnant with my 1st. My doctor said it is fine & I am also studying to become a nurse. Though that makes neither of us scholars on the subject so please do ask your own ob.



200mg-300mg of caffeine a day(which is what the real issue is with) is suppose to be safe during pregnancy. The caffeine content I am familiar with I will list for you.



A 12oz can of soda runs between 30-55mg        



8oz of green tea between 20-50mg



8oz black tea= 40-50



8oz brewed coffee-60-120mg



8oz instant coffee-60-70mg        



Sorry to drag that on so much, just wanted to be helpful.                                                                         

Caren1±JaA - posted on 01/26/2009

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Good points by all. I drink on average 5-6 cups of coffee a day. For me less caffenine is better than no caffine. I think if it is you first baby, it won't likely matter, if you have a weak cervix, or problem pregancies, I wouldn't go crazy on anything. In Holland they have linked pineapple to early deliveries as well. So we can go through lots of things here. I think if you are use to drinking caffenine, as I said. a little is okay, but too much of anything is never good. As I said not all things classed as "green tea" are actually tea. In Canada or USA you are lucky the ingredients are listed on the box. check to see if it is actually tea leaves, or rice tea. Oolong tea from Japan is very good as well.

Brenda - posted on 01/26/2009

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There is some research out there that says it MAY interfere with cell development.  Now, considering how long green tea has been consumed all over the world, I'm not sure what sort of concentration would be necessary to cause such an effect.  I couldn't point you in the direction of where I found that out, but I've been extra cautious with both my pregnancies and cut out almost all my herbal teas and greeen teas just to be on the safe side.  There is a lack of research to prove/disprove any problems caused by either.  I would say it is generally okay, but as with anything, I would take it in moderation.  (I mostly cut my own down because I would brew a pitcher of iced green tea and drink it throuhout the day.)

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I just stuck with one cup of coffee (not decaf, 'cause really, what's the point of that? lol) a day instead of finding an alternative... Now, both my babies LOVE coffee, but maybe they're just weird... :D

I was told that green tea is fine if I didn't let it steep fully. My doc said only let it steep for 2-3 minutes (3 was the max my doc said) and drink it slightly cooled.

Good luck and congrats on the baby! :)

User - posted on 11/24/2010

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Im 20 weeks and high risk, my doctor and midwife both said green tea is fine to drink, just dont make it the only thing you drink but its ok for a change

Caren1±JaA - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was just thinking that no one has wondered about the strength of the tea. Tea is suppose to steep for 4 minutes to bring out the best flavour and of course the highest amount of caffine. If you like weak tea, you are probally alright. Although Jody has a good point. You need to see how your body reacts without anything. If you are getting allot of gas, weak tea wouldn't hurt. Where I am from people often give infants weak tea for gas. I guess it's up to in the end, but if you worry about too much of what not to eat or drink you will get too stressed out and it's not worth it in the end. Lots of people say don't eat chocolate, when pregnant but I know lots of people who have. I would think thining blood from clotting would be good when your pregnant, It could prvent swelling and maybe toxemia or hypertension. But that's just me. When I was pregnant I refused to take even headache medicine, or anything else. I suffered through everything drinking lots and lots of water, tea, and taking tums with calcium for heartbrun. Good luck with the tea!

Sunny - posted on 01/26/2009

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thanks to all! Just looking for an alternative to coffee. Something wiht a little caffine.

Ghostdarlin - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi Sunny,

I would say no. It was on a list of things not to consume while pregnant (along with many other things like fennel seeds and such). You have to keep in mind natural does not always mean safe. Always consult your doctor, but I will look for the website with the list of things to stay away from. What's good for one person, also, is not always good for another.

Caren1±JaA - posted on 01/26/2009

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I can buy about 10 -15 different types of "green teas" down the street from where I live in South Korea. As I said, they aren't all the same. I defintely would not drink Ginseng tea. Quince tea is nice, and so is Citron tea, it is just a little sweet, so be careful of the sugar intake.

Julie - posted on 01/26/2009

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I agree with Caren!! I am from the U.K. and my mother had a small amount of Guinness everyday for the Iron. Just be careful, Green tea is thought to have a diuretic effect so drink your water:)

Jentry - posted on 01/26/2009

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Green tea is a blood thinner which means it keeps your blood from clotting, so if you were to fall, or be in an accident you put yourself at risk for hemorraging. If you were to have surgury they would tell you not to drink it for 5 days prior. Green tea still has caffeine as well, which they say is ok in small amounts now. Keep in mind that decaf coffee also has caffeine,( looking at the other note). Things to consider, did you drink green tea daily before you were pregnant, or are you looking for a less caffeinated alternative to morning coffee?

Janette - posted on 01/26/2009

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I drank it when I was pregnant, but with our last pregnancy I was told it wasn't very good for the baby...There was a greater chance of preterm labor.  I'd just say to talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of it, and go from there:)

Caren1±JaA - posted on 01/26/2009

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Absolutely!!! I have lived in south Korea for almost 5 years, and have had 3 pregnacies here. If you aren't drinking decaf coffee, and are tired of Chamomile tea (good to settle your stomach for mornig sickness), then drinking a few cups of green tea is fine. There are different types of green tea though. Some are brown rice, so there is no caffenine whatsoever. My doctor awlays told me that if you are use to having coffee on a regular basis, even a cup of coffee a day won't hurt the baby. It's like going cold turkey. it could actually put unneccary stress on the baby if you deny yourself completely. Even in allot of Asian culrues they believe a beer a day is also good for you. It can help with the development of a strong spine, and other organs while pregnant. I know this seems a little hard to believe. but if you think about it, our parents did everything with us back in the 70's, and almost none of us, got wierd alergies or asthma half as much as kids these days. I know evenironments change but you have got to wonder just the same. Hope this helps.

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