Teas that pregnant women cannot take: see what they are

Having a cup of tea is a daily habit for many people.

Whether to relax, to have a better quality of life or as a treatment for any condition, this drink is very famous and can be consumed at all ages (babies over 6 months can drink teas according to pediatric guidance).

But, at certain times (such as a positive on the pregnancy test), it is normal for doubts to arise about what types of teas are safe or not.

It is worth remembering that all information in the text is generalized and should not replace medical advice.

That is, if the obstetrician does not allow the pregnant woman to consume a plant, this recommendation should be followed, even if, in general, this tea may be beneficial for other pregnant women.

Allowed: what teas can a pregnant woman safely take?

Fennel, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass and orange teas are safe for pregnant women.

But even if these teas are less harmless, the ideal is that the woman does not consume them every day.

In fact, the ideal is to limit yourself to 4 or 5 cups of tea a week (with a maximum of one a day).

If you cannot spend a day without drinking this drink, it is recommended to make a rotation: on the second drink tea A, on Tuesday drink tea B and so on.

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Fennel tea is indicated to control blood pressure. Therefore, women who already have problems with falling or increased pressure can consume this tea frequently.

It is also known to be a natural tranquilizer for both mom and baby.


Lemon balm is indicated to “calm the stomach”, that is, it helps to relieve the nausea and abdominal pain that tend to be common during pregnancy.

This plant still has diuretic properties, which contributes to eliminate the swelling caused by fluid retention.


This is the famous tea to calm anxious people and control stressors. During pregnancy, it will work precisely for these functions: calm, relax and help you sleep.

But be careful: chamomile is not recommended in cases of pregnancy at risk from infection, as it may end up aggravating the condition of the pregnant woman and compromising the pregnancy.

Lemon grass

Lemongrass is a plant that has many vitamins (A, B and C) and therefore helps pregnant women to be healthier.

Thus, the consumption of this tea brings benefits such as good training and good baby development, improvement in the pregnant woman’s immune system, relief of headaches and colic and calming effect for common anxiety in the last weeks of pregnancy.

Orange tea (leaves and peel)

Orange tea is used to fight colds and flu, as the fruit is rich in vitamin C and acts on the immune system, increasing the body’s natural protection.

It is worth remembering that orange is an acidic fruit and therefore can cause gastrointestinal problems and wounds. Thus, people (pregnant or not) with this problem should not consume the tea.

Otherwise, orange tea is released to help moms increase body immunity.


Ginger tea is ideal for pregnant women who suffer from nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and trapped intestines.

Even with these benefits, this root should be consumed in moderation , since in excess it can cause pressure problems, stomach wounds and premature contractions.

That is, ginger tea is released, as long as the consumption is from time to time.

Read more: Ginger tea: what it is for, benefits and how to make it


Lavender tea is indicated for pregnant women who are counting the hours for the baby to be born. That’s because it has a calming effect and controls anxiety.

In addition, it also improves the quality of sleep. This makes it the perfect tea for the last months of pregnancy.

What pregnant teas can’t you take?

The most famous teas and should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers are: cinnamon, boldo, rue, mint, black tea , white tea and green tea.

Learn a little more about each of them and why they should not be consumed during pregnancy:


Generally, people drink cinnamon tea to fight colds or to help menstruation go down.

But of all, this is the most dangerous to be consumed during pregnancy.

This peel causes contractions in the uterus, which can induce a spontaneous abortion (at the beginning of pregnancy) or a premature birth (at the end of pregnancy).

Read more: What is cinnamon tea for?


The major complication of consuming boldo tea during pregnancy is that it contains significant amounts of Ascaridol.

This substance can be toxic to the baby and stimulate miscarriages, premature births, malformation or prevent the proper development of the baby.

Read more: Boldo tea: can pregnant women take it?


Rue, during pregnancy, can cause intoxications and infections (intestinal, urinary and uterine) that can lead to vaginal bleeding and spontaneous abortion in more severe cases.

This plant is commonly used (by non-pregnant women) to strengthen blood vessels and fight infestations such as scabies , lice, fleas and worms.


The mint tea is indicated to relieve abdominal discomfort as trapped intestine and stomach aches.

But pregnant women and nursing mothers should not consume this plant because it prevents milk production.

That is, when drinking mint tea, the woman runs the risk of not producing enough milk to feed the baby. Therefore, it should be avoided.

Read more: What is mint tea for?

Black tea, white tea and green tea

What do all these teas have in common? Because they are from the same plant ( Camellia sinensis), they have high amounts of caffeine.

This substance, when ingested in excess, speeds up the metabolism of the mother and baby.

This tends to encourage premature births, miscarriages or malformation in the small child.

What are the risks of taking teas not allowed in pregnancy?

Some teas can have consequences for the pregnant woman (stomach wounds, pain and discomfort) while others bring risks to the baby (causing malformation or preventing good development). There are also teas that harm pregnancy as a whole (causing vaginal bleeding, premature contractions and childbirth and abortion).

It is worth remembering that even though some types of tea should be avoided during pregnancy, if the drink was only once, the drink will probably not cause any harm to the mother and baby.

For example, did you have a cup of rue tea (which should be avoided) until you knew you were pregnant?

Calm down, this will not necessarily cause harm to the pregnancy. What matters, from now on, is to avoid these teas according to the obstetric orientation.

Read more: Ginger: can pregnant women eat?

Teas are great natural remedies that can be used to relieve pregnancy sickness, calm the pregnant woman and the baby, in addition to stimulating greater production of breast milk.

But, some types should be avoided, as they can harm the pregnancy.

In case of doubt, follow the guidance of the obstetrician. The newsroom of Hickey solution brings a lot of other information about care during pregnancy . Check out our posts and have more quality of life.