Herbal Teas During Pregnancy

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Just wondering is it safe to drink herbal teas while pregnant. My friend finds peppermint tea a great relief for morning sickness.

ANSWER

At this time there is not enough scientific information and/or evidence about the safety of various herbs and herbal products, including herbal teas, to recommend their general use during pregnancy and lactation. Some herbal teas and other herbal products can have toxic or drug-like effects on the mother or developing baby.

At the present time, there is a lack of clinical research findings to determine the safety of chronic or long-term use of herbal teas. The composition and preparation of herbal products vary, which adds to the difficulty of assessing their safety. Presently there are no labeling requirements by the FDA for herbal products that would clearly indicate to pregnant or lactating women which ones to avoid.

Peppermint tea is probably safe but you should ALWAYS consult with your healthcare provider first to ask what he/she recommends.

-- Kimberly, RD LD