5 Alternatives to Coffee When You’re Pregnant
Hello my healthy readers,
So if you follow me on instagram you may have found out that I am PREGNANT….yup we are expecting another little Squires…. on Ava’s birthday actually!
So you can definitely expect a few pregnancy posts here and there before (and most likely after) November. And for today’s post I want to discuss something that seems to be a big deal for many pregnant women. Their coffee.
Morning coffee is a routine for many men and women, while some are very particular on the coffee they drink and how it’s made, others are standing in a ridiculously long line at Starbucks awaiting their tasty morning treat. Although I rarely drink coffee, and when I do I typically prefer it french pressed and black, I know it’s one thing that many pregnant women give up for their little ones. Some women switch over to tea (my personal favorite), however when dealing with herbs many can have some negative or uterine contracting effects while pregnant. Some popular herbal teas you for sure want to avoid while pregnant (unless otherwise approved by your midwife/doctor) would be:
- Licorice Root
- St. John’s Wort
Seek approval from midwife/doctor for (Chamomile, Red Raspberry Leaf teas – these are in most cases perfectly fine and useful during pregnancy, but sometimes can cause uterine contractions if overdoing it)
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200mg of caffeine should be your daily limit and remember that chocolates and even kombucha contains caffeine. Research has been shown that there is a direct link with reduced birth rates and caffeine consumption during pregnancy. After 200mg blood flow was shown to be reduced by 25% in the placenta.
Confused on what you can actually drink??
Well for today’s post I wanted to share 5 drinks that make great alternatives to your morning coffee (or herbal tea) during pregnancy. Feel free to continue this trend even after your pregnancy because not only are these delicious, uplifting, and energizing, they are also a very healthy way to start your mornings!
5 Alternatives to Coffee When You’re Pregnant
1. Lemon Water
A great way to start off your mornings is with warm lemon water. Flush out all the toxins and start your day with this revitalizing drink. Water is a must when pregnant. Some find it hard to drink a ton of water each day, but with this tasty morning ritual, you will find it much easier to get your daily water intake. Add a few slices of ginger for a bit more of a spice kick and to help with morning sickness (hello, right here please!) and aids in the digestion processes. This is a great way to start your day energized and feeling good!
2. Rooibos Tea
A great tea to enjoy while pregnant, and is even recommended is Rooibos tea. Free from caffeine and contains a heaping amount of antioxidants as well as calcium and magnesium. Enjoy with milk and honey, or check out this link for a delicious vegan recipe made by House full of Jays.
rooibos loose leaves | rooibos tea
3. Dandelion Tea
This tea is great to drink in your later pregnancy and is known to support fluid retention. Being high in calcium, iron and potassium, and is a good source of vitamins: A, B2, C & K. This coffee alternative has been used in Ayurveda (mainly the Pitta Dosha) & Traditional Chinese Medicine to help with liver cleansing, blood purifying, high blood pressure, detox, and many other uses. Some people don’t really like the grassy bitter taste of this tea so I suggest mixing it with a bit of honey and cinnamon to sweeten it up. I personally love the bitterness taste but then again I drink my coffee black lol.
Dandelion loose leaves | dandelion tea
4. Nettle Leaf Tea (not root)
A great herbal tea to sip on during pregnancy (and the rest of your life) and has been recommended by many midwives & herbalists to drink. Nettle is high in calcium, iron, magnesium & potassium as well as vitamins A, C & K. This drink should typically be sipped on after the first trimester due to effects it could have on the uterus. I have heard of some women adding alfalfa in with this tea to increase milk supplies, but be careful adding in too much otherwise your super full boobs will not thank you!
Nettle loose leaves | Nettle Tea
5. Mushroom Broth
Wait what?? YES! I first started drinking mushroom broth when I was taking a culinary class at Rouxbe and learned that it actually tastes delicious in the mornings & comes with a ton of benefits for you! These immune boosting “fun-guys” are not only great for your body but for your growing baby as well, being high in your B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 & B5) and D. Both are important and necessary for your baby to grow healthy and happy! Mushrooms also contain Antioxidants, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. This broth is a great pick me up in the mornings or evenings! Try it out and see for yourself!
** Add some almond, cashew, or even hazelnut milk as a creamer to get an added intake of magnesium! This is also a great way to keep away the sleepies!
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Like anything with your pregnancy be sure to conduct your own research and talk to your midwife/doctor before taking anything new. We all have one goal in pregnancy and that is to deliver a healthy baby as safe as possible!
Question of the Day:
Do you have a favorite coffee alternative that you enjoy in the mornings? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole
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