If you’re planning to give birth with a midwife, chances are she’s recommended you drink a pregnancy tea. Premier Birth Center has a really delicious Organic Pregnancy Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs. We’ve been drinking it at the birth center lately, and we have to admit it’s pretty awesome! Our pregnancy tea has the usual NORA (Nettles, Oatstraw, Red Raspberry Leaf, and Alfalfa) that we’ve always recommended, but it also has spearmint, ginger, lemon balm, and lemon peel, which give it a great taste and offer additional health benefits. We think it’s especially good iced.
Why drink the pregnancy tea? Why do midwives think it is such a great idea? Here are 7 great reasons we think you should drink pregnancy tea:
1. It helps you stay hydrated.
You can count your pregnancy as part of your daily “water” intake. Sometimes, drinking just plain water can get a bit boring, so having the pregnancy tea as an alternative can help make it easier to meet your daily hydration goal.
2. It’s great iced!
If you’re not a hot tea drinker, no problem. This stuff is really great iced. We’ve been making it in our Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher, which has been working really well. It takes about 5 minutes to have a big pitcher of iced nutritious deliciousness this way. If you’re having trouble getting in your daily pregnancy tea, try using an iced tea infuser so you’ll have iced pregnancy tea on hand when you’re thirsty. So yummy!
3. It’s a great source of iron.
The red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, and nettles in the tea are full of iron. Nettles, especially, is an especially potent source of herbal iron. If you’re trying to prevent or treat anemia, drinking at least a quart of strongly-brewed pregnancy tea daily can be an important part of your iron-boosting regimen.
4. Oatstraw is amazing.
Nobody every really talks much about oatstraw. It is often overshadowed by the red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, and nettles in the tea, but oatstraw is truly awesome in its own right. Oatstraw is high in magnesium, which helps your body to properly absorb calcium. It can be calming, lower your blood pressure, aid in your digestion, and lower your blood sugar. Oatstraw helps improve your sleep, too.
5. It’s like sending your uterus to the gym.
Your uterus is a muscle. It contracts off and on during pregnancy, and that’s normal. The red raspberry leaf in the pregnancy tea strengthens and tones the uterus, a bit like sending it to the gym. It causes contractions that are like exercise for your uterus — not strong enough to put you into labor or to be uncomfortable — just a gentle workout to build strength and uterine tone. This can help your labor to be more coordinated and help prevent excessive bleeding after the birth.
6. It’s a complex multivitamin in a cup.
The vitamins and minerals are easily assimilated by your body because they are from a food source. Seriously, this is powerful stuff. Here’s the list of vitamins and minerals we know are in the pregnancy tea:
A, B complex, C, E, K1, folic acid, histamine, acetylcholine, formic acid, acetic acid, and butyric acid.10,21 The hairs are made of silica and inject neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, histamine, 5HTP (serotonin), moroidin, leukotrienes into the skin.
Silicon dioxide occurs in the leaves and in the straw in soluble form as esters of silcilic acid with polyphenols, monosaccharides and oligosaccharides. Oat straw contains a high content of iron, manganese, zinc, chromium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, niacin and a variety of other nutrients, and saponins, alkaloids such as avenine, trigoneline, sterols, flavanoids, and calcium.
Red raspberry contains anthocyanidins, ellagitannins, flavonols such as quercetin and kaempferol, catechins, phenolic acids, fragrine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, chlorogenic acid, glutathione, and alpha-tocopherol, iron citrate, pectin, malic acid, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and potassium sulfate.
Alfalfa contains 2-3% saponins, sterols, alcohols, flavones and isoflavones (including phytoestrogens such as genistein and daidzein) coumarin derivatives, alkaloids, plant acids (including malic and oxalic acid) vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, E, K1, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, amino acids (including valine, lysine, arginine, tryptophan, sugars, plant pigments such as chlorophyll, 17-25% crude fibers, 15-25% protein, minerals, and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper.
In smaller amounts, the tea also contains:
Volatile oil, menthol, menthone, d-limonene, neomenthol, tannins and very small amounts of essential oil containing about 50% carvone.
Ginger rhizome contains oleoresin composed of (phenols such as gingerols and their related dehydration products shogaols), fats and waxes, and volatile oils (1.0–3.3% the volatile oil contains sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes), 40–60% starch, 9–10% protien, 6–10% lipids composed of triglycerides, phosphatidic acid, lecithins, and free fatty acids, vitamins niacin and A, minerals; and amino acids.
flavonoids such as quercitrin, rhamnocitrin, and the 7-glucosides of apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, and luteolin, phenolic acids and tannins such as rosmarinic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids, triterpenes, volatile oil composed of the monoterpenoid citronellal, geranial (citral a) and neral (citral b) and sesquiterpenes
Limonene and at least 45 other antioxidant flavonoids, pectin, vitamin C.
7. We have a special BOGO offer at Premier Birth Center for you!
Want some Organic Pregnancy Tea? Stop by Premier Birth Center for a free sample and pick up a bag of tea for $10. Blog readers can mention this coupon when they come to Premier Birth Center and get a BOGO special for extra savings!