Is It Safe To Drink Iced Tea During Pregnancy?

Side Effects Of Iced Tea During Pregnancy

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Whether hot or cold, tea is the most frequently consumed drink in the world. Having a glass of iced tea on a hot day can be revitalizing and good for your health too. But, is it safe to drink this much-enjoyed beverage during pregnancy? Especially since it contains caffeine and sugars, which are not the best foods during pregnancy.

Read this article on MomJunction to understand the safety profile of iced tea during pregnancy.

Is It Safe To Drink Iced Tea During Pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to drink homemade iced tea with less sugar or honey instead. You can have three to four cups of tea, although you should remember that moderation is always the key to good health (1). Avoid consuming packaged or bottled teas as they contain excess sugars.

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How Much Caffeine Is Present In Iced Tea?

The caffeine content in one serving of iced tea can be about 12mg to 18mg. However, it may vary with brands and flavors. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you should not consume more than 200mg/day of caffeine per day (2).

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What Are The Benefits Of Iced Tea During Pregnancy?

Tea is one of the healthiest beverages that pregnant women may take. The benefits of iced tea are as follows:

[ Read: Decaf Tea During Pregnancy ]

1. Offers instant refreshment

A glass of iced tea is a savior during summers as it helps you to beat the unbearable heat. It also eases the morning sickness that bothers you during early pregnancy. The caffeine in the drink will also offer a quick energy boost (3). You might also add flavors of mint, lemon or ginger to the tea for refreshing your mood.

2. Source of antioxidants

The hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy will increase the free radicals in the body. Tea is rich in antioxidants that will protect the cells from free radical damage (4). It will also help prevent DNA damage.

3. Activates brain

Clumsiness and becoming forgetful are temporary symptoms of pregnancy. Iced tea can activate your brain and keep it healthy throughout the pregnancy (5).

4. Prevents tooth decay

Pregnancy can cause oral problems in some women. Drinking iced tea can prevent and reduce the risk of dental cavities (6).

5. Manages gestational diabetes

Choose unsweetened, homemade iced tea as it works wonders by lowering the risk of gestational diabetes (7) (8).

While you can enjoy your glass of iced tea to avail these benefits, remember to keep your intake in check.

[ Read: Green Tea In Pregnancy ]

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What Are The Side Effects Of Drinking Iced Tea During Pregnancy?

Tea contains caffeine, and it might affect your pregnancy when taken in excess.

  • Consuming tea in excessive amounts will cause caffeine overload, thereby increasing the risk of miscarriage (9), stillbirths and low birth weight babies (10).
  • Caffeine will interfere with the folic acid absorption (11) and increases the chance of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
  • Iced tea can inhibit iron absorption in your body, thus paving the way for anemia (12).
  • Tea is a diuretic and increases the frequency of urination. This can lead to dehydration and loss of salts and minerals from the body (13).
  • The caffeine content in the tea can cause insomnia, especially if you drink it just before bedtime (14).

Ensure that you do not consume more than 200mg of caffeine a day to avoid these harmful effects.

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Can You Drink Iced Lemon Tea During Pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to drink iced lemon tea, provided you do not over indulge in it. Loaded with vitamin C, lemon boosts the immune system and attacks free radicals and toxins in the body (15). Consume homemade lemon tea rather than taking bottled or packaged iced teas.

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Can You Drink Iced Coffee While Pregnant?

Yes, consumption of iced coffee, in moderation, is safe during pregnancy.

If you want a refreshing beverage other than water, go ahead enjoy a glass of homemade iced tea as there is no harm in having a glass or two a day. It can work wonders by activating your mood and aids a healthy pregnancy.

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[ Read: Lipton Tea During Pregnancy ]

How did you enjoy your iced tea? Have you tried any variants of it? Write to us if you know any exciting recipes to help our other moms-to-be.

References:

1. Arizona WIC Nutrition Care Guidelines: Pregnant Women; Arizona Department of Health Services
2. Jongeun Rhee et al.; Maternal Caffeine Consumption during Pregnancy and Risk of Low Birth Weight: A Dose-Response Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies; PLoS One (2015)
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7. J Olsen et al.; First trimester coffee and tea intake and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a study within a national birth cohort; PubFacts Scientific Publication Data (2015)
8. Catherine Godin et al.; CBHSSJB Protocol for the Management of: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and Pre-existing diabetes during pregnancy; Cree Health (2012)
9. Weng X et al.; Maternal caffeine consumption during pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage: a prospective cohort study; Am J Obstet Gynecol (2008)
10. TERRY R. MARTIN; The Association Between Low Birth Weight And Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy; AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (2016)
11. M Otake et al.; Association Between Serum Folate Levels and Caffeinated Beverage Consumption in Pregnant Women in Chiba: The Japan Environment and Children’s Study, Journal of Epidemiology, published online; ISIC the institute for scientific information on coffee (2018)
12. Leda MMufloz et al.; Coffee consumption as a factor in iron deficiency anemia among pregnant women and their infants in Costa Rica; American Society for Clinical Nutrition (2014)
13. How drinks affect your bladder and bowel; NHS
14. Vlasta Březinová; Effect of caffeine on sleep; Br J Clin Pharmacol (1974)
15. Immune Boosting Foods; Valdosta State University (2018)

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Rebecca Malachi

She is a Biotechnologist with a proficiency in areas of genetics, immunology, microbiology, bio-engineering, chemical engineering, medicine, pharmaceuticals to name a few. Her expertise in these fields has greatly assisted her in writing medical and life science articles. With 8+ years of work experience in writing for health and wellness, she is now a full-time contributor for Momjunction.com. She is passionate about giving research-based information to readers in need. Apart from writing, she is a foodie, loves travel, fond of gospel music and enjoys observing nature in silence. Know more about her at: linkedin.com/in/kothapalli-rebecca-35881628
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