All about Green Tea and Pregnancy – 2021
Anyone who is concerned or simply curious can find a lot of varied studies about green tea and pregnancy online and find out for themselves the connections, both positive and negative, between the two important topics at hand. It is also recommended to discuss green tea and pregnancy issues with the doctor.
To put things in perspective, green tea is derived from Camellia sinensis, a tea plant that originates in Asia. Its leaves are picked manually and those leaves get heated or steamed. After that, the leaves get dried up.
As seen in many studies, green tea is rich in antioxidants as well as other healthy substances like ascorbic acid (or Vitamin C), zinc, chromium, carotenoids and more. Recently green tea has been revealed to help lower the risk of heart disease as well as reduce the amount of cholesterol (note: cholesterol findings are limited to tested animals).
The findings about the connection between green tea and pregnancy at this stage are as follows:
- While green tea is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the pregnant woman can benefit from, several doctors believe that the tea is risky as it might affect the folic acid levels of the woman’s body. Folic acid is considered as one of the essential nutrients required to keep the fetus healthy and also avoid neural tube effects (example: spina bifida) found in some babies whose mothers drank a high amount of green tea around the occurrence of conception.
- An obvious risk that comes with the debates surrounding green tea and pregnancy is the fact that the tea itself has caffeine and in most cases caffeine intake, even if low and perceived safe by some, is discouraged during pregnancy.