Black tea and pregnancy: what pregnant women should know

Black tea and pregnancy

Black tea is a beverage with many health benefits that many French people enjoy in their daily lives. It has an aroma, a taste, an intense colour and is rich in antioxidants.

But can you drink black tea during an event as exceptional as pregnancy? When a woman is pregnant, she generally has to change her eating habits to preserve the health of her baby. It is therefore difficult to find your way through the list of permitted and prohibited foods and drinks. We strongly recommend that you consult your doctor for advice.

Can you drink black tea during pregnancy? Can a pregnant woman drink a cup of tea without risk? If so, in what quantity? We tell you more.



The health benefits of black tea


Black tea leaves undergo greater oxidation than other types of tea (green and white teas) and therefore have a stronger flavour. Note that black tea does not necessarily have more theine than green tea.



Focus on the caffeine in tea: theine

The caffeine in tea, theine, is said to stimulate the central nervous system and cardiovascular system, but without inducing a feeling of excitement like coffee. Yes, tea is considered to be a stimulant, whereas coffee is a member of the stimulant family. That is why coffee should be avoided during pregnancy. For black tea, we recommend that you consult your doctor about its consumption. If your doctor authorises it, it should be consumed in moderation!



Black tea, rich in L-Theanine

The presence of L-theanine (an amino acid) is said to have relaxing effects on the body, calming the nerves and helping to get rid of stress. 



Black tea, a powerful antioxidant

Black tea, rich in antioxidants, is also said to improve blood circulation and may help digestion.

But can you drink it during pregnancy?



Black tea during pregnancy


Drink in moderation and on medical advice

During pregnancy, certain foods and drinks should be consumed in moderation.

For example, it is very important to control the portion size of each food and drink containing caffeine. Remember that chocolate and some soft drinks also contain caffeine... 

Although pregnant women are not categorically advised against drinking black tea, it is strongly recommended that they control their consumption and seek medical advice before drinking.

It is indeed important to take into account the effects that tea can have on the body of a pregnant woman during pregnancy in case of excessive consumption (anemia, hypertension, insomnia...).



Official recommendations on caffeine consumption

The Santé Publique France website states that the amount of caffeine in tea is half that in coffee.

If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to consult your doctor and replace the tea with rooibos, an infusion or an herbal tea that is free of caffeine. This way you can be sure that you are not taking any risks during your pregnancy.



Alternatives to black tea for pregnant women


Rooibos, herbal tea and infusions

Herbal teas and rooibos are good alternatives for black tea lovers during pregnancy. Why? Because they are soothing, caffeine-free drinks. They do not affect sleep or nervousness levels and are suitable for any time of the day. Verbena, lime blossom and chamomile are your allies.




The option of decaffeinated tea

Detoxified tea is also a good alternative. It's very easy to de-tea your tea: simply steep your tea once in hot water, then discard it and repeat the process a second time. Why? The caffeine is released during the first 30 seconds of the infusion.



Kusmi Tea, an organic black tea made in France


Enjoy every moment of your pregnancy by tasting our delicious infusions made in our workshops in Normandy. As part of our commitment to sustainable agriculture and a healthy lifestyle, all our products are certified organic.

Although black tea has many virtues, it is important to limit its daily consumption during your pregnancy. You should take into account your doctor's recommendations, as caffeine can be harmful if consumed in excessive quantities. For a moment of well-being, discover our range of Kusmi Tea infusions.



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