08 July, 2011
Jasmine Green Tea and Pregnancy
Jasmine flowers have a sweet, pungent scent, and tea makers place these aromatic flowers on the top of green tea leaves to flavor the tea. This draws the floral scent into the tea leaves, producing the floral tea many people enjoy. The thought of sitting down with a cup of jasmine green tea might sound delightful, but during your pregnancy you should discuss tea consumption with your doctor, who might recommend that you avoid certain types.
Green jasmine tea does not contain parts of the jasmine flower, only the essence of the flower’s scent. This means that jasmine does not provide a nutritional benefit or medicinal quality to the tea; however, green tea in general has antioxidant properties and other qualities that could help reduce the risk of conditions such as cancer. Jasmine green tea does not have a known benefit during pregnancy, however.
As with any green tea, jasmine green contains some caffeine, a stimulant that might increase your blood pressure. Your doctor might recommend that you avoid all caffeine products or significantly reduce your intake to one cup of tea or coffee each day.
The March of Dimes reports that some studies show an increased intake of caffeine could contribute to the incidence of miscarriage. If you have a history of miscarriages or stillbirths, your doctor might recommend that you eliminate caffeine from your diet.
If you need to avoid caffeine but enjoy jasmine green tea or other teas, find alternative flavors that you enjoy. Your doctor might allow you to drink certain types of herbal teas such as raspberry leaf tea or peppermint tea. If you need to avoid tea altogether, you might want to add fruit such as lemon, lime or raspberries to hot or cold water. This will infuse the water with flavor and you might not miss the flavor of your favorite tea.
Consult your doctor before you drink jasmine green tea or any herbal tea or product. Herbal teas, even those deemed relatively safe during pregnancy, might contain components that your doctor thinks you should avoid. If you need to give up caffeine completely, talk with your doctor about the best way to gradually reduce your intake to limit caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability.
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