Is it Safe to Drink Green tea in Pregnancy?

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Green teas contain Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound that can cause the inactivation of enzyme, dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). DHFR is an enzyme, important for folic acid utilization. Excessive consumption of green teas may interfere with folic acid availability and utilization in pregnancy.By all means, folic acid and iron are two crucial minerals, you don’t want to play with in your pregnancy. Folic acid is very important for a developing baby, as it prevents birth defects. So it may be best to avoid drinking green tea concomitantly with iron-rich foods such as leafy vegetables or folic acid supplements.
Green teas also does caffeine, although not as much as is found in black tea and coffee. The upper limit for daily caffeine consumption is 300mg and a cup of green tea has close to 29mg of the same.
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How much is too much? I do not know, which is why I rather not drink green tea in pregnancy nor any caffeine based drink, for that matter (Personal opinion).
Some school of thought, however, believes that as long as you drink green teas moderately (say 1-2 cups daily), you should be okay. Again, I like to err on the side of caution and its always safe to be safe. Pregnancy on its own, have got a lot complicated than it used to be (didn’t mean to scare anyone, lol), so in my pregnant days, I ate only what am sure will be safe for my baby and I.
Also remember that caffeine crosses the placental barrier, so any dose you take shall be shared between you and your baby. In western countries though, drinking green tea is a lot more habitual than in Africa, so perhaps, mothers in the West may be more tolerant to caffeine than do mothers from Africa.
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The contents of some green / herbal teas are a big no – no in pregnancy, so watch out for it! Some teas contain chamomile, for instance, and it known to cause mild contractions even though it can relieve morning sickness, make you sleep better and reduce muscle pain. Raspberry leaf tea has been reported to induce contractions and not advisable in the first and second trimester of pregnancy.

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