We get a lot of questions about our beautiful pregnancy range what's safe and when? Love Tea founder and Naturopath Emma has compiled a list of answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Which blends are safe to drink during pregnancy?
Just as every individual has a unique constitution and a different state of health, a woman’s pregnancy can be just as unique. Our pregnancy range has been formulated to support and optimise women’s health for each specific part of the pregnancy journey. Unfortunately, we cannot design blends, which are perfect for everyone’s specific health requirements as each individual is so unique. We trust that you will be guided by your own state of health and personal wellbeing and simply use our blends which are appropriate for you.
We recommended that you do not drink these blends if you are taking medications, if you suffer from hypertension, or if you are seeking other medical treatment. If you are unsure about any of the ingredients or potential interactions, it is extremely important that you seek advice from your health care practitioner.
We have composed our list of blends, which are most appropriate for each trimester as a guide, but as with everything in pregnancy, please do not consume anything that you don’t feel comfortable with, or if you feel you may have an issue with any ingredients at all, we recommend you avoid it.
To begin your journey into motherhood, our naturopath has designed a Fertility blend, which helps to support natural conception and increase your fertility potential. Red clover, chaste tree and raspberry leaf, have traditionally been used to support hormonal balance, regulate the menstrual cycle and support reproductive health.
This blend was designed to assist with natural conception, as an alternative to undertaking IVF treatment. We do not recommend using this blend in conjunction with IVF treatment, or with any medications, as the effects on the hormonal system may interfere with IVF treatment or certain medications, at a time when hormones must be strictly controlled and monitored. This blend is not recommended for individuals suffering from hyperprolactinaemia or raised prolactin levels.
Once you fall pregnant we recommend you discontinue taking Fertility tea.
Our Morning Wellness blend has been designed to support a women’s health during the first trimester and is based on herbs, which have traditionally been used to reduce nausea and stabilise blood sugar levels. Peppermint, Cinnamon and Ginger have traditionally been used to support digestive function, reduce nausea, and balance blood sugar levels. Subtle tones of Lemon balm offer nervous system support to help calm your mind and body. This blend is based on certified organic ingredients, it is caffeine free and contains only natural herbs, tea and spice. We recommend 1-2 cups of this blend per day.
TRIMESTER TWO & THREE:
We offer a Pregnancy blend for pregnant women, which can be consumed from week 13 onwards. This blend is based on herbs that have traditionally been used to support pregnancy through trimesters two and three. These herbs including nettle leaf, chamomile and ginger, have traditionally been used for their nutrient-dense qualities, and to support the nervous system. We recommend 1-2 cups of this blend per day.
Other blends that pregnant women may enjoy during the second and third trimester include; Chamomile Vanilla, Lemongrass and Ginger, Peppermint, Calming, Caffeine-free Chai, Coco Orange, and Turmeric tea.
During trimester three, pregnant women may continue to enjoy our Pregnancy tea or any of the blends listed for trimester two.
Raspberry leaf tea has traditionally been used to support women during the third trimester and during post birth recovery. You may like to add it to your Pregnancy tea during trimester three or take it on its own. Raspberry leaf has been traditionally been used during the later stages of pregnancy to strengthen and tone the uterus, in preparation for childbirth. Raspberry leaf is nutrient rich, and can also be taken post birth to help promote healthy recovery.
Throughout pregnancy, we do not recommend you consume any blends, which support detoxification. Detoxification may encourage the release of toxins that have been stored away in your cells, to travel back into your blood stream, which may expose the fetus to the toxins. We don’t recommend you consume any blends, which contain licorice, as this may contribute to hypertension. We also recommend pregnant women avoid excessive stimulation from caffeine, and we believe caffeine free blends are more appropriate at this time.
Which blends are safe to drink while breastfeeding?
Our Breastfeeding tea was designed by our naturopath and is based on herbal galactogogues including fennel, fenugreek and caraway seeds, which have traditionally been used to support healthy lactation and ease digestion for both mother and baby. This blend is certified organic, and caffeine free, and completely free from any flavours, and sweeteners and we don't use any ingredients which are not natural. This blend has become one of our most popular items and we have had a great deal of positive feedback from women specifically suffering from poor lactation, and lacking milk supply, who have taken this tea and had positive results. We would recommend this blend if a Mother is lacking in milk supply and is looking to increase milk production, or if her child is suffering from digestive issues or colic.
If you are breastfeeding, our Chamomile Vanilla, Lemongrass and Ginger, Peppermint, Calming, Caffeine-free Chai, Coco Orange, and Turmeric tea are a few blends you may also enjoy. These teas are all caffeine free and additional details on each blend can be found by clicking on each blend listed above.
As with everything during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we have designed our blends to generally be of benefit to most women, but each individual’s state of health is unique, and we trust that the individual will avoid any herbs, tea or ingredients which may not be appropriate for their state of health and well-being.
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