Hey there! Maybe you’ve heard of or read about these pregnancy teas. Or you may have saw a box in the store but wanted to research them or even make your own. I found the base for mine on a few websites after researching the topic and realizing I had the herbs and also added in a few of my own. I am going to give you a basic recipe but feel free to add in any other herbs that are rich in minerals and vitamins too. You should try to get organic as you will be drinking A LOT of this for most likely a year. It may seem like a investment at first but if you get it in bulk you can actually save a lot and these herbs all have many other uses. ( check out future posts for a profile on them!)
Here are a few herbs that are touted for pregnancy. Perhaps the most known ones are Raspberry leaf, Nettle, Alfalfa, Ginger.
So do you need a tea even? How could it help? Well, the tea helps in so many ways. It depends on the ingredients used but they are always rich in vitamins and minerals. These help your body build the cells needed to your uterus and also the systems that form your childs body! Some may help with morning sickness or issues like cramping and swelling, etc. I will go over a few of the herbs briefly but do check out the other posts, I will go over benefits, side effects, and contradictions in those!
Now what did I use? A simple blend and often added in things such as lemon/orange peel ( especially important to use organic only as conventional has waxes/ pesticides), rose hips, hibiscus. Those all add Vitamin C and flavor. I also added marshmallow root for leaky gut healing. You don’t want to add peppermint, spearmint, or any mints really. Lemon balm is ok in small amounts. Lemonbalm is a good source of iron and magnesium and benefits the nervous and digestive systems too while adding a delicate flavor.
Lets go over some of the herbs first.
Rich in vitamins and minerals including A,B complex, C, E, & K, iron, calcium, potassium, & magnesium. Helps with morning sickness, leg cramps and swelling, prevents miscarriage, tones the uterus, regulates hormones, and eases labor to name a few. I also include it in my Lactation tea as it helps with pp depression and to enrich your milk.
Stinging nettle is also rich in vitamins and minerals, nearly all of them to be sure! It is one of the highest in chlorophyll of all the herbs! The vitamins and minerals Nettle has a lot of are A, C, D and K, plus minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and sulphur. Vitamin K is a great one to have in particular at the end of pregnancy and during labor as it adds large amounts in your blood for your child! Carotene is also a great part of nettle. Nettles help to cleanse, nourish, and strengthen your kidneys ( which handles 150% of your blood during pregnancy!) Nettle is good for mom and fetus, eases leg cramps swelling, helps with pain before and after birth, prevents hemorrhage after, helps with hemorrhoids, and also enriches your milk.
Another of the herbs highest in chlorophyll, alfalfa contains a large variety of vitamins and minerals. Alfalfa boasts good amounts of Vitamins C,E,& K and has calcium, phosphorous, iron, sulfur, sodium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and silicon.
Useful in helping with morning sickness, high amounts of K, helps with breastfeeding, reduces blood sugar levels and cholesterol, good for kidneys, and also eases hemorrhoids.
Good source of Vitamins A,C, K and B-complex along with minerals including calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Dandelion can help with jaundice(so definitely add some in before birth if anything!), insomnia, fever, gallstones, constipation, great for liver and gentle detoxification( you do NOT want a heavy detox during pregnancy as it does affect your fetus but gentle is fine), heartburn and upset stomach, hormone balancing, UTIS, helps with chronic mastitis and other skin ailments.
A great source of Vitamins A, C, E, & B and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Oatstraw is another great addition to your blend, very nourishing it helps support your body through conception to nursing. Oatstraw can support conception and nourishes and soothes pregnancy. Beneficial to the nervous system, it helps balance your entire body when under any level of stress.
We all know ginger to be a great aid in being sick. Ginger ale is one of the more common remedies after all. So ginger root is a great addition to your tea, or used separately as I did. DO HOWEVER use it wisely. Its advised to use FRESH root in a tea or added to foods, not dried, and don’t take in medicinal amounts or take supplements unless advised by your healthcare professional. In higher doses it may cause a miscarriage.
A good dosage would be about 1 gram a day, divided into 2 to 4 doses. Be extra careful in the 1st trimester!
Ginger boosts blood supply which benefits you AND baby, increases energy, helps with morning sickness and heartburn, reduces bloating, improves libido, eases muscle ache, prevents flu and colds, helps with cholesterol and blood sugar levels, increases your bodies ability to absorb more nutrients, anti-inflammatory/ helps with arthritis and pains, lowers risk of congenital disabilities,
Now you would THINK Chamomile would be a great herb for pregnancy and I would agree. Being it is a soothing herb and aids in calming insomnia. However its been advised that it isn’t. Please read this link for more info and do some research for your own benefits. I personally did include a very small amount before seeing this information and I myself feel that it was ok and safe. But that decision is up to you.
Pregnancy Tea Recipe
1 part Raspberry Leaf
1/2 part Alfalfa
1/2 part Nettle
1/2 part Oatstraw ( I added in sometime during my second trimester but you can during first)
1/4 part Dandelion Leaf( Again I added during third trimester)
Additions: Alternated Citrus Peels & Rosehips or Hibiscus ( high in Vitamin C & for taste), Ginger (occasionally), Marshmallow Root ( very soothing to the digestive system and helps with Leaky Gut
Please do check out my List Of Herbs NOT To Use During Pregnancy. And as always, do your own check to make sure you feel comfortable using herbs. I have outlined many of the pros and cons but a quick search is always beneficial. Such as “dandelion during pregnancy, ” ” risks during pregnancy ” ” safe during pregnancy, etc