Tea drinking can be one of the more relaxing ways to spend your time while you’re waiting for your baby to arrive. A fetus can draw a lot of nutrients from the mother’s body, and green tea can help you replace some of them, but drinking green tea can benefit you in more ways than you might imagine, especially when you’re pregnant.
- It’s hydrating because it’s mostly water, so when you’re tired of drinking plain water, go for green tea.
- Choose a low caffeine variety such as LapsangSouchong which is made from the darker lower leaves rather than the high caffeine-containing buds and top leaves. You can also try Japanese Houjicha, Japanese Genmaicha and Japanese Bancha, all of which are naturally lower in caffeine because of the way they’re processed.
- If you’re sensitive to caffeine, use loose tea rather than tea bags which are generally higher in caffeine.
- Drinking your tea hot is another way to keep caffeine from being released, which happens once it begins to cool.
- Green tea is a high source of theanine, an amino acid that counteracts any caffeine affect and will help you sleep. It’s not destroyed by heat, so brewing a hot cup of tea won’t cause the benefits of theanine to be lost.
Sipping on a cup of green tea can be a meditative experience that relaxes you beyond the warm beverage’s own abilities.
- Prepare a space for yourself that is clean and comfortable, maybe decorated with the things that make you feel happy and peaceful. Make this your Sacred Space, a place of love which you have created for you and your baby. Connect to the power of giving life as you sip you tea.
Here are some tips for brewing a great cup of green tea:
- The vessel you use to steep your tea will also affect the flavor of the infusion. This is a matter of taste. Some people prefer clay pots which absorb the oils and flavor of the tea, others like glass and porcelain pots because they’re flavor neutral, meaning they don’t absorb any flavor and will not change the taste of the tea in any way.
- With glass or porcelain, you can use any type of tea and they’re great for testing new teas. You can then use your clay pot to compare how it affects the taste.
- With clay, it’s important to use the same tea all the time or the flavors will become intermingled. Clay pots are actually prized for this quality which makes the flavor of the tea more complex. Purists use each clay tea vessel for one kind of tea (white, green, oolong, or black) and even for only one variety of tea.
- Metal strainers and pots may transfer a metallic taste. Try bamboo strainers instead of metal strainers and never use detergents to clean your clay or bamboo. Simply rinse them with water.
There are no studies that indicate any dangers of drinking green tea during pregnancy. In fact, catechins can actually help defend your heart and lower your cholesterol. So it’s perfectly fine to drink green tea during pregnancy as long as you stick to the low-caffeine varieties. You’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated, and you and your baby will benefit from all the good things green tea has to offer!