Any tea which is blended with the scent of jasmine flowers is jasmine tea.
The tea is prepared from Camellia Sinensis, the plant used to produce teas such as green, black, white and oolong tea. Therefore, this tea is not an herbal tea.
Many people adhere to this tea due to its unique fragrance and taste. It has sweet aroma and subtle taste, making it one of the pleasant drinks on this earth.
Besides, many people believe that jasmine tea eases the feeling of bloated stomach, due to which it is preferred by several women during pregnancy.
Drink jasmine tea with caution
Before taking jasmine tea one must know about the allergic reaction of the drink. Any person who is allergic to scent and pollen grains of flowers should avoid this tea.
So is it safe to drink jasmine tea during pregnancy?
Pregnant women in particular, can drink jasmine tea as long as she considers the amount of tea consumption.
For an ordinary healthy individual, 600 mg of caffeine in a day is considered safe. But the case is completely different when it comes to pregnant women.
Usually, 200 mg of caffeine is considered safe during pregnancy. And each cup (8 fl. Oz.) of decaffeinated jasmine tea contains 25 mg - 48 mg of caffeine. Yet, experts suggest to limit your tea intake to only 2 cups to be in the safe side.
However, every pregnancy is different in its own way. Therefore, it would be a wise decision to consult your doctor before you decide your “safe amount of caffeine”.
Possible side effects of jasmine tea on pregnant women
Jasmine tea is typically prepared from green tea which is caffeinated. This property of green tea makes jasmine tea possibly an unsafe drink for pregnant women.
The basic reason that the jasmine tea has been labeled unsafe for pregnant women is because the fetus can’t metabolize caffeine like adults. So, consuming high amount of caffeine may lead to increased heart beat and difficultly in breathing in fetus and new born baby. Besides, there are some known side effects of jasmine tea which are given below.
Higher risk of anemia
Caffeine in jasmine tea hinders our body system of absorbing iron from food.
Drinking inappropriate amount of jasmine tea during pregnancy can lead to severe anemia as it is common for a woman to suffer from iron deficiency during their pregnancy.
Caffeine in jasmine tea can also cause blood thinning. So, you should stop drinking this tea at least two weeks before any planned surgery, including Caesarean.
Risk of miscarriage
Intake of high amount of caffeine may cause contraction, leading to miscarriage and premature labor. Pregnant women are therefore advised to minimize their daily tea consumption and is suggested to avoid any painkillers such as Excedrin and Anacin which contain caffeine as a major ingredient.