Green tea is the hip superfood that everyone is lining up to try. And rightly so, because it is loaded with antioxidants which helps boost immune system and helps prevention of various ailments like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
However, pregnant women should be conscious about drinking green tea. Here are some of the pros and cons of drinking green tea during pregnancy.
Cons of drinking green tea during pregnancy
Research claims that a cup of green tea has just about 30 to 40 mg caffeine. However, during pregnancy it should not be taken in more amounts because a growing baby inside the mother’s womb cannot completely metabolize the high amounts of caffeine.
Caffeine may also bring changes in the patterns of baby’s sleep in the later periods of pregnancy.
A high dose of caffeine during pregnancy has been associated with increased occurrences of miscarriage.
Neural Tube Defects
Folic acid is an important nutrition, chiefly needed during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Normally, folic acid found in green tea assists in red blood cells formation.
The most important catechin found in green tea, EGCG, affects the function of folic acid and may cause neural tube defects in babies.
Green tea catechins decrease iron absorption in the body, which can cause anemia. Drinking tea immediately before or after meals should be avoided as it can prevent the absorption of iron from your food.
Pros of drinking green tea du
Green Tea May Help With Conception
The polyphenols found in green tea have antioxidant properties which prevent cellular damage that may help in making the eggs more viable.
A research by Kaiser Permanent Medical Care Program discovered that the chances of conception were doubled because of green tea. However, there are no conclusive study about this.
Green Tea Is Packed With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are necessary cofactor during pregnancy. Inadequate supplies of necessary antioxidant micronutrients can cause more oxidative stress (than in normal placental growth) within both maternal circulation as well as the placenta which results in adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Plus, green tea can improve metabolism rate and reduce mood swings through its amino acid L-theanine content.
Reduces Different Infections
The catechins found in green tea might inhibit viruses, kill bacteria and minimizes the risks of infection including bacterial infections as well as infections caused by viruses.
The blood cholesterol level of pregnant women can increase as their appetite is increased. This can cause preeclampsia, a life threatening condition for both mother and her child.
Green tea can manage your blood cholesterol level by lowering the level of LDL, the bad cholesterol.
Should you drink green tea during pregnancy?
Well, there aren’t enough substantial researches that can help us decide if green tea is really beneficial for pregnant women. Drinking a lot of green tea is possibly unsafe because of caffeine; enjoying a cup or two may not be a problem.
It's always a good idea to consult your doctor before you start taking green tea during pregnancy.