Is It Safe To Drink Jasmine Tea While You Are Pregnant?

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Jasmine tea is a well-known beverage because of its pleasing aroma. You may usually love to indulge in a cup of this flavorful tea but may wonder if it is safe to drink Jasmine tea during pregnancy.

The base of jasmine tea is green or black tea and hence contains caffeine. Therefore, if you wish to try Jasmine tea when pregnant, consume it in moderation or opt for the decaf versions.

Continue reading this post to learn more about whether Jasmin tea is safe for consumption during pregnancy, its benefits, and its potential side effects.

What Is Jasmine Tea?

Jasmine tea leaves are extremely aromatic; hence most green tea manufacturers today place above regular green tea leaves to add the jasmine fragrance. In some cases, the fragrant jasmine blossoms are also added to black tea for a hint of jasmine tea. Jasmine tea is the most famous form of scented tea and is widely used in China.

It is true that drinking jasmine tea may make you feel light and can also help quell any feelings of bloated stomach, which is a common sign during pregnancy. However, it is important to check with your doctor before you consume jasmine tea when pregnant.

Benefits Of Drinking Jasmine Tea During Pregnancy

The tea that is sold as jasmine tea does not use any real parts of the jasmine flower. Instead, it only contains an essence that is reminiscent of the scent of the jasmine flower. It means that drinking jasmine tea will not have any health, nutritional or medical benefits, whether or not you are pregnant. Instead, since the essence is mixed with green tea, you may derive some health benefits from the same. Green tea has various antioxidants and other health-related benefits that may work for you, even as you mistakenly attribute the goodness to jasmine tea.

Unlike what most people are led to believe, drinking jasmine tea does not have any real benefits.

Is Jasmine Tea Safe During Pregnancy?

Jasmine tea, much like any other green tea or black tea, does contain some amount of caffeine. Consuming caffeine while you are pregnant is not strictly forbidden, but it is important that you take care of how much amount of caffeine you have on a daily basis. To be on the safer side, drink no more than two cups of caffeinated drinks a day. It means that, even if you think that drinking jasmine tea makes you feel light and fresh, avoid having more than two cups.

Also, every pregnancy is unique, and your body may have different medical needs or health issues than someone else. Speak to your doctor about whether or not you can safely drink jasmine tea while pregnant. If your doctor does give you the go-ahead, make sure you also ask how much jasmine tea you can safely have on a regular basis.

Harmful Effects Of Caffeine While You Are Pregnant

Here are some harmful effects of caffeine that can also affect the unborn baby:

  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Decline in the newborn’s birth weight

You can consume any caffeinated beverage during pregnancy, as long as you take in safe amounts. Jasmine tea during pregnancy can offer health benefits due to the antioxidant property of its green tea base. However, given its caffeine content, you should consult your doctor before consuming jasmine tea to avoid the negative impacts of caffeine, such as miscarriage and low birth weight. Your OB/GYN can help you with the right and safe amount of jasmine tea to soak in its benefits.

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Jyoti Benjamin

Jyoti Benjamin has 25 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and currently works in Seattle. She focuses on teaching people the value of good nutrition and helping them lead healthy lives by natural means. Benjamin has a masters in Foods and Nutrition, and has been a longtime member and Fellow of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the... more

Ria Saha

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including MomJunction, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.