Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and scary times in a young Mama's life. We worry about everything especially what is safe to consume and what isn't. I've put together a short list of some of the most commonly favored herbs to drink as a tea while pregnant. These herbs not only help keep a Mama hydrated but come with other health benefits.
Red Raspberry Leaf- Tones the uterus, helps to prevent miscarriage, eases morning sickness, assists in creating an ample amount of colostrum and breast milk.
Lemon Balm- tasty, herb that is mildly relaxing which can be a wonderful aid to the Mommy to be. It’s also a wonderful herb to help with all stomach upset, especially when combined with ginger. It’s a mild anti histamine and can relieve seasonal allergies especially when combined with tulsi and nettle.
Nettle- helps the kidneys function at optimal levels, Nourishing herb that is a bio-available source of iron, calcium and vitamin K. Reduces the chance of a hemorrhage after birth. Strengthens the blood veins and reduces chances for hemorrhoids. Increases breast milk production.
Fennel- A great sweetener to add to other tea blends but also helps with morning sickness.
Oat straw- A super mild tasting rich source of calcium and magnesium which makes it a great source to calm nervous tension. It can be combined with Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Tulsi and Ginger. It’s a wonderful herb to help increase milk production too.
Chamomile- Chamomile is one of the most famous and often drunk teas around the world! Even Peter Rabbit’s mama gives him a cup to calm his nerves and stomach. It’s renown for it’s wonderful way with a nervous tummy due to morning sickness or stress. I prefer this tea iced but love to soak in the goodness in a bath.
Strawberry Leaf- Strawberry leaves are similar in the toning action of red raspberry on the uterus and right now is the perfect time to take advantage of it. I like to buy a pound of organic strawberries and cut off the leaves and a small chunk of the fruit. I then pour boiling water over the leaves and fruit and wait for it to cool to room temperature, then strain and serve over ice! YUM
Ginger Root- A slightly warming herb that has been used to help with morning sickness or digestive issues for well over a thousand years. It also packs a punch against colds and flu viruses by warming up the body to fight the invading illness.
Alfalfa- Loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K, this herb is a powerhouse to drink and mix in with any of the other teas.
Tulsi- One of the supreme herbs for helping the body adapt to stressors and fighting histamine in the body.