Pregnancy brings many questions regarding diet and wellness, particularly drinks. Many pregnant women enjoy tea as a soothing way to unwind or as an aid for meeting increased fluid needs; herbal teas have long been considered healthful beverages during gestation. Unfortunately, not all herbal teas can be considered safe due to insufficient studies by the FDA; therefore it’s essential that pregnant women know which herbs may harm an unborn baby as well as which are safe.

Ginger, peppermint, chamomile and red raspberry leaf teas are generally safe choices during pregnancy; these herbal beverages have been shown to alleviate nausea, reduce digestive issues and promote restful sleep, as well as provide essential nutrients and antioxidants that promote a healthy gestation. Rooibos tea is another good choice; naturally caffeine-free with high concentrations of antioxidants – as well as being proven effective at lowering blood pressure in some studies, making it a fantastic tea option for expectant moms.

The FDA advises pregnant women to steer clear of herbal teas containing fennel, sage, borage, pennyroyal, nettle motherwort and yarrow tea during their gestation. These herbs contain high concentrations of iodine which could deplete your body of essential iodine nutrients; additionally they may increase miscarriage risk while potentially increasing high blood pressure in some instances.

Herbal supplements — including teas — are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning some blends could contain contaminants not listed on their labels. This is especially true of flavored herbal teas where flavoring may hide potentially dangerous ingredients which aren’t suitable for expectant mothers.

Pregnant mothers should also avoid drinking tinctures or alcohol-based herbal teas during their gestation as these beverages contain much higher concentrations of plants than what’s naturally found. They can have harmful side effects at higher dosages.

Although herbal tea can usually be safely enjoyed in moderation, you should speak to your healthcare provider prior to experimenting with new drinks or exceeding recommended quantities. This will ensure you do not consume an excess of essential vitamins and nutrients or potentially harmful herbs which could make digestion difficult for both mother and baby.