Is Rooibos safe to drink when you are pregnant?
We are regularly asked, “Is Rooibos safe to drink during pregnancy?” The short answer is YES! In South Africa, we swear by the benefits of Rooibos for you and your baby during pregnancy, lactation and infancy. If you are interested in finding out a bit more about why Rooibos is not only safe to drink when you are expecting, but positively recommended, read on. Once you’ve got the full picture you’ll probably like to order some – click here to shop and use coupon code ‘MYBABYANDME’ to get 15% off your order.
Further articles that provide plenty of food for thought
Rooibos Tea has a host of benefits that boost your wellbeing whether you are pregnant or not. However, when you are expecting or breastfeeding, more demands are being made on your system than usual so drinking Rooibos is therefore especially good at this time. Our blog post “Top 10 Healthy Reasons for Drinking Rooibos” gives you the details.
You’ll also find our “LongeviTEA - Rooibos is good for you at every stage of your life" article very informative and reassuring. Not only does it explain how Rooibos is good for mums but also for newborn babies, infants and youngsters.
When you are pregnant or breastfeeding you also need to consider what beverages you should avoid drinking. With this in mind we suggest you read our “Three types of drinks to avoid during your pregnancy”. Basically, you should avoid anything that is alcoholic, is carbonated or which contains caffeine. Read the post and discover why it’s so important to avoid these drinks and why drinking Rooibos is such a great option when pregnant.
Not got time to read these articles? Here’s a quick summary of why Rooibos is so good for you during pregnancy.
SafeTEA – why Rooibos Rocks when you’re expecting
The fact that Rooibos is caffeine-free is the main reason why Rooibos is the beverage of choice for you, your bump or your newborn. A recent study of international evidence about caffeine and pregnancy conducted by the British Medical Journal found “persuasive confirmation of increased risk … for at least five major negative pregnancy outcomes: miscarriage, stillbirth, lower birth weight and/or small for gestational age, childhood acute leukemia, and childhood overweight and obesity.”
Advice on how much caffeine one can safely consume daily when pregnant is the subject of hot debate amongst scientists. A study from Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Division of Research found that pregnant women who consumed more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily had double the risk of miscarriage compared with those who avoided the stimulant. Britain’s National Health Service recommends a limit of 200mg per day or less.
Black Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea contain about 40 to 50 milligrams per cup. One 8oz cup of brewed coffee (8 oz) on average contains about 95 mg of caffeine. So, you don’t need many cuppas of tea or coffee to break the recommended limits.
Other ways in which Rooibos supports your wellbeing in pregnancy and beyond
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that drinking Rooibos Tea helps to ease digestive problems that you can experience as your bump gets bigger - it can help to prevent acid reflux, constipation, vomiting and heartburn. It also has some beneficial effects that can help with other issues associated with pregnancy – depression, raised blood pressure, unstable blood sugar levels, skin problems and maintaining proper liver function.
Popular beverages, like coffee, carbonated drinks and Black Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea are best avoided during pregnancy or lactation because of their caffeine content. But you can drink multiple cups of Rooibos Tea without any danger of complications because it is caffeine-free. So why take the risk – especially when Rooibos also has all those other benefits which are especially important at this stage in your life?
If you are pregnant, congratulations! Have a 15% discount on your next order of Rooibos Rocks on us by using coupon code ‘MYBABYANDME’ during checkout.