I love coffee and not a day goes by that I do not drink my favourite brew. Coffee is magic and it energizes me. As my body is used to daily caffeine, skipping one cup is enough to throw my system out of whack, leading to fatigue, headache, irritability, and other annoying issues. When I was pregnant with missy, I heard that drinking coffee is bad for pregnant women. So I googled for more information and found out that some studies have shown that drinking more than 200mg of caffeine a day may increase the risk of a miscarriage, low birth weight or stillbirth. This is scary eh?
People recommended that I try decaf coffee but that does not mean it is caffeine-free. A 16 ounce cup of brewed decaf coffee typically contains about 12 to 25 mg of caffeine. I was told that a latte would be good if I need a caffeine boost because there is more milk in a latte and one can get the extra calcium and protein.
However, I did not want to take the risk at all. I just stopped drinking coffee. I was amazed at my determination. I quit cold turkey and for the first few days, it was pretty hard but gradually, I do not have any withdrawal symptoms anymore.
When I was in my trimester, I was introduced to herbal teas. According to some studies, herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, iron and magnesium. I took raspberry leaf tea as it is rich in iron and it is also very good in toning the uterus and easing labor pains. Drinking tea during pregnancy is gaining popularity. Many alternative healthcare providers suggest that herbal teas during pregnancy are a great way to support pregnancy health. A word of caution though. Women should avoid drinking tea until later stage of the pregnancy because it may cause contractions and thus induce labour.
If you have passed your due date of delivery and are looking for some natural ways to induce labor, you may find out more information about pregnancy tea to induce labor. Do remember to avoid inducing before 40 weeks of the gestation period, as the foetus is not completely matured and not ready for birth. Make sure to consult your doctor before following any methods to induce labor safely.