How much do you love your morning cup of chamomile tea? Are you wondering if you can safely continue to enjoy your favorite beverage while you are pregnant? If you nodded along, or you have been pondering over any of these questions, consider reading our post on chamomile tea during pregnancy.
Here, we look at all the health benefits and side effects of drinking chamomile tea, and how can it affect you while you are pregnant. So, scroll down and get all the information below.
What Is Chamomile Tea?
The Chamomile is a plant that is quite similar to the daisy. The plant of the chamomile flower is used to make various infusions of herbal extracts that have many medicinal benefits. Some of the most common uses that the chamomile plant are alleviating pain or spasms in the muscles, easing inflammation, relieving pain related to monthly menstruation, solving difficulties with sleep, eliminating problems in the gastrointestinal tract and curing hay fever. 
Is It Safe To Drink Chamomile Tea During Pregnancy?
There is not enough medical data that can support the safe use of chamomile tea while pregnant. It contains small amounts of coumarin that are known to cause mild blood thinning effects. Even though it only affects the blood if you take it in large quantity over a long period, it is not considered safe. 
Side Effects Of Having Chamomile Tea:
Here are a few known side effects that have been associated with consuming chamomile tea during pregnancy:
- Many doctors believe that taking chamomile tea while you are pregnant can increase the chances of, or even result in, miscarriage.
- Taking chamomile tea may cause drowsiness so make sure you do not take it in large quantities and always check with your doctor about the right dosage. Also, avoid having it if you know you are about to drive or be out on the streets.
- Chamomile tea is known to induce vomiting, especially if you are feeling nauseous or if you are on medication that may induce nausea or vomiting.
- If you are especially sensitive and have suffered allergies earlier, you should be careful before taking chamomile tea. If you have suffered from any allergies related to the daisy plant you should particularly be wary of using the chamomile plant extract in any form, even as an herbal tea.
- If you are due for any surgery, especially if you are going to opt for a cesarean birth, make sure you stop drinking chamomile tea for at least two weeks before the same. Chamomile extracts can have some interactions with the anesthetic drugs that are used during the time of surgery, and may cause an adverse reaction. Speak to your doctor about the same.
- Various forms of chamomile extracts and supplements can also react to any medication that you are taking, even if they are regular medicines that you have to take while you are pregnant. Chamomile is known to interact with blood thinners, painkillers, sedatives and various infection soothing drugs too, so be sure you always speak to your doctor before using chamomile.
- Chamomile is known to have an effect that is similar to that of the hormone estrogen. If you have been at any risk of breast or uterine cancer in the past, make sure you first speak to your doctor and check if you can have chamomile tea.
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How Much Chamomile Tea Can You Drink While You Are Pregnant?
There is no standard dose that is medically recommended safe for consumption while you are pregnant. The most common form in which chamomile is used is chamomile tea. While most people have anything between one to even four cups of chamomile tea a day, if you are pregnant, it is important to speak to your doctor about the dosage. Taking a cup or two of chamomile tea in pregnancy is fine, but more than that may lead to other side effects and other interactions .
Benefits Of Drinking Chamomile Tea In Pregnancy:
Here are a few ways in which chamomile tea helps with certain conditions:
1. Helps With Insomnia And Sleep Quality:
Chamomile tea is the most popular choice for those who have troubles with falling asleep or staying asleep.It is thought that chamomile contains various properties that help to soothe the nerves and act as a sedative.
2. Boosts Your Immunity:
Drinking chamomile tea can increase the levels of hippurate in your body. Hippurate helps increase your immunity by fighting off bacteria that try to invade your body. It is also considered helpful in fighting off regular cold and cough as well as the viruses that cause the same.
3. Helps To Sooth Cramps And Pains:
Drinking chamomile tea for about two weeks can increase the levels of the amino acid known as glycine in your body. Glycine can help in effectively reducing the pain and spasm in your muscles as well as help to relax your nerves. It can also help to reduce the pain you may feel in your stomach or abdominal area.
4. Helps Soothe Mouth Sores:
Many people believe that using chamomile tea as a mouthwash can help to take care of painful and often uncomfortable mouth sores. Make sure that you speak to your doctor first as there is no medical data to verify the same.
[ Read: Mouth Ulcers In Pregnancy ]
5. Keep You Hydrated:
Drinking herbal teas can help to keep you hydrated, especially when you are pregnant. It is also a great way to include fluids in your everyday diet if you are not always interested in drinking only water all the time.
6. Can Protect You From Heart Disease And Cancer:
Herbal teas contain polyphenols that are great for the protection of your heart and to keep it safe from various related ailments. It also contains various antioxidant properties that can help to bring down your risk of various types of cancer.
[ Read: Herbal Tea During Pregnancy ]
How Can You Make Chamomile Tea At Home?
It is very easy to make chamomile tea at home. Just follow the steps given below and you will be able to steep the perfect cup, just make sure you speak to your doctor first about it:
- Take about a cup of water and heat it till it begins to boil.
- Once the water has begun to boil, remove it from heat and pour it into a cup or mug. Add the dried chamomile tea leaves or the chamomile tea bag and let it steep in the water for about five to ten minutes, depending on how strong or mild you want your tea to be. Make sure that you cover the cup so that the aroma does not evaporate.
- You can choose to strain the water and remove the chamomile leaves or tea bag, or go ahead and sip from the same cup by making sure you do not ingest the leaves.
[ Read: Peppermint Tea While Pregnant ]
While that cup of chamomile tea is surely tempting on a tiring pregnancy day, at the cost of sounding boring and repetitive, ensure you consult your doctor before you have it.
Moms, did your doctor allow you to have chamomile tea during pregnancy? What benefits did you experience? Did you experience any side effects? Tell us about them in the comments section.
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