Peppermint Tea During Pregnancy: Safety, Benefits And Side Effects

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For women who are used to starting their day with a hot beverage, switching to a natural, healthier alternative such as peppermint tea during pregnancy could be a great option. Moreover, caffeine is said to have negative effects on the growing fetus, limiting the intake of caffeinated drinks during pregnancy is best. In addition, peppermint tea is a herbal drink that could offer significant medicinal benefits to expectant mothers.

Keep reading to learn whether it is safe to drink peppermint tea during pregnancy, its potential health advantages and side effects, and how to make peppermint tea.

Peppermint Tea During Pregnancy

Most herbal teas are a safe non-caffeinated replacement for caffeinated beverages for pregnant mothers. Caffeinated drinks increase the risk of the low birth weight in the newborn baby, and limits in pregnancy are recommended.

Peppermint is a hybrid, a perfect blend of spearmint and watermint. It also boasts of a high proportion of menthol. Peppermint is a natural coolant and helps to soothe your stomach muscles. Pregnant women typically encounter indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint tea is quite effective in treating such stomach disorders. Expectant mothers love the strong aromatic flavor of the peppermint tea.

Health Benefits Of Peppermint Tea While Pregnant

Peppermint tea is a soothing and refreshing beverage. Due to its high methanol content, peppermint, helps improve digestion or unwanted stomach irritation. The aromatic flavor of peppermint tea helps the body and mind to relax and can promote relaxation.

Some of the effective health benefits of peppermint tea include:

1. Improves Digestive Health:

Peppermint tea or the oil extracted from the peppermint leaves helps treat irritable Bowel Syndrome effectively. As a pregnant woman, you may suffer from indigestion, bloating and heartburn. Peppermint tea is herbal, and it helps calm the stomach muscles and relieves symptoms of pain or irritation.

Excess gas in the stomach can lead to bloating or cramping in the body. But the peppermint tea stimulates bile flow and promotes healthy bowel movements during pregnancy. The soothing effect of peppermint tea on the stomach cells helps relieve any digestion disorders you may face, which include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or diarrhea.

2. Cures Nausea And Vomiting:

Nausea and vomiting are common discomforts of a pregnant mother. The aromatic peppermint tea acts as an antispasmodic and reduces the tendency of vomiting, nausea or morning sickness during pregnancy. So, if you suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, try some peppermint tea.

3. Treats Respiratory Issues:

As peppermint tea serve as an antispasmodic, it helps reduce the respiratory disorders. The soothing effect of the peppermint helps relax your chest and throat muscles. Peppermint tea helps eliminate excessive chest pain and relieves symptoms of cold and flu.

4. Boosts The Immune System:

Peppermint has been shown to have antibacterial effects in lab research (1). It may help pregnant women stay away from viral infections including cold, cough and influenza. Peppermint tea could potentially boost your immune system and help you fight infections, even if it’s due to the stress relief component discussed below!

5. Reduces Stress Levels:

With the onset of pregnancy, many women feel anxious or stressed. Peppermint tea is a natural sedative that can help relieve excessive mental stress. The anti-inflammatory and soothing effect of peppermint may relax your muscles and make you feel tranquil and serene.

Just sitting down and breathing in a warm cup of tea will induce relaxation!

Side Effects Of Peppermint Tea During Pregnancy

Peppermint tea is a relaxant, a sedative, a stress buster. However, it still has some side effects, which include:

1. Precautions For Pregnant Mothers:

Drinking peppermint tea may have a small link with causing uterine contractions, like many other herbs. However, there is no scientific evidence to show a link of peppermint tea with miscarriage. But women with a history of miscarriages may want to bstain from consuming peppermint tea in their first trimester.

2. Adverse Interactions With Other:

Medications:

Sometimes, peppermint tea has a negative impact when it interacts with other medications. During pregnancy, you need to consume prenatal vitamins and other medications, according to your health care provider. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before consuming any herbs, including peppermint, if you are taking medications.

3. Consequences Of Over Dosage:

Excess is not always good whether it is food, beverage or herbs. Drinking peppermint tea all day long peppermint tea could induce a negative side effects in those more sensitive. While more likely when consuming straight peppermint oil, peppermint has been noted to cause heartburn, nausea and diarrhea. (2)

Is It Safe To Drink Peppermint Tea While Pregnant?

Is it safe to consume peppermint during pregnancy? Most likely yes. You can consume peppermint tea during pregnancy, but consult your doctor before you do so, as it could interact with medications.

To keep intake at a reasonable amount, measure the number of leaves before you prepare one cup of peppermint teaIdeally, every mug of tea must contain no more than one gram or one tablespoon of peppermint leaves. Use around 150-160 ml of water to boil the tea. You should not consume more than two to three servings of the herbal tea every day.

How To Make Peppermint Tea?

You Will Need:

  • One tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves
  • One cup of water
  • Sugar to taste

How To:

  • Boil one cup of water in a saucepan
  • Add one tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves in the boiling water
  • Slow the flame, to let the aroma get into the boiling water
  • Add sugar according to your taste
  • Strain and serve

A few mothers may prefer peppermint tea during pregnancy since it serves as a non-caffeinated beverage, which is refreshing and soothing. The tea also provides various health benefits, including calming gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea and vomiting, making it the preferred choice for many pregnant women. However, there are also a few side effects with its intake. Therefore, although mostly safe, it is advisable to consult your physician before consuming peppermint tea during pregnancy. Keep the quantity to a minimum and discontinue its intake if you experience any discomfort.

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Jennifer House

(MSc, RD)
Jennifer House is a Registered Dietitian and owner of First Step Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. Whether dealing with picky eaters or starting a baby on solids, Jennifer helps parents decrease food overwhelm through online programs. She is the creator of the Solid Steps to Baby-led Weaning e-course, End Picky Eating group coaching program, and author of  "The Parents' Guide to... 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.