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Rooibos Tea While Pregnant
No, it doesn't: Rooibos tea is made from a different plant (aspalathus linearis -- a broom like member of the legume family) than regular tea (camellia sinensis). Theanine, is found in camellia sinensis -- from which green tea and others are made -- and certain mushrooms. Though it doesn't contain l-theanine, rooibos does contain other healthy polyphenols, flavonols, and antioxidants. And it tastes good too. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Can I use rooibos tea topically for skin and hair even though it has estrogen-like effects. Could topical use cause me to have estrogen dominance?
Hi I'm 23 weeks and I've been getting conflicting information about drinking rooibos tea that contains cinnamon, rooibos, ginger root and clove.?
Yes, its ok.: Rooibos or brush tea is from Southern Africa and has benefits to help with nervousness, digestive problems and allergies. There have been no studies on pregnant women using this tea but in moderation this tea is acceptable in pregnancy. It can be consumed in pregnancy. Ginger root helps with nausea so this is OK to consume when pregnant. ...Read more
It shouldnt: Rooibos tea is actually even used by some as a very weak muscle relaxant. However, that being said, if you do notice pain in muscles after every time you drink it, I would try to avoid it. You may have an unusual sensitivity to it (not a true allergy), but again, this is very unlikely. Hope that helps! ...Read more
My five-year old son has been complaining about an itchy back for months. Lotions, oil, even rooibos tea seem to help in the short term. No allergies?
Itchy back: If he has dry skin then he may have eczema which means you have to moisturize the skin regularly in order to control dryness and itchyness and flare-ups of rash. He also may get itchy back from sweating, and the effects of artificial fabrics or wool clothing-try to but plain cotton shirts and rinse out detergents well. I wouldn't necessarily attribute allergies as a cause unless he has hives. ...Read more
My two month baby girl keeps bringing up her breastmilk, formula milk, rooibos tea and water. What is the problem and what can I do to help her?
Vomiting in infants: It may be from reflux or pyloric stenosi, you should tlk to your pediatician. Pyloric stenosis is usally more common in boys and firstborn babies. Allergies may be a cause as well. Sometimes there could be other causes as well and you shuld be able to have your pediatrician work up the baby and be able ot guide you. ...Read more
I had rooibos tea for a month, and my breasts have grown, nipples swollen, gained 5 lbs, and bloating. Could tea cause hormonal problems? I'm virgin.
Rooibos tea: Rooibos tea has some estrogen like effects usually it is considered negligible and less than soy products but depending on your receptors it may have a more pronounced effect . Would stop if for a 2 weeks and see if symptoms resolve. If not please f/u immediately with a doctor. Have there been other dietary changes or lifestyle changes? F/u w/ doc ...Read more
Hard to say: As it depends on the type of tea, herbal vs non-herbal, and within herbal, it depends on the "herbs" included. In general most commercial teas are felt to be safe as long as consumed in moderation. But you'd be best reviewing the types of tea that you are consuming or would like to. Another great resource is: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/herbal-tea/ Best of luck. ...Read more
Check label: Some herbal teas (mother's milk tea, for example) are not recommended in pregnancy because they are thought to cause uterine activity. Also, be sure if you drink tea that has caffeine, you limit yourself so that you are having the caffeine equivalent of a small cup of coffee daily. ...Read more
No unpasturized food: Do not drink unpasteurized milk or eat soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, including brie, feta, camembert, roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco. Do not eat under cooked or raw eggs they may contain bacteria. Certain kinds of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper) contain high levels of mercury also do not eat raw fish sushi. ...Read more
Teas: It is recommended that you not drink nettle leaf, fennel, sassafras, rosemary, hibiscus, ephedra, licorice root, raspberry leaf, anise or sage tea. Encourage you to limit caffeine intake -so if you drink white, red, yellow or green tea- try to make it decaffeinated. Some feel chamomile is alright & others recommend against it. ...Read more
Sure.....: Like most things, herbal teas in moderation are perfectly fine to drink while you are pregnant. My wife enjoyed a cup of tea routinely with each of our 3 kids, and they are all just fine. Enjoy. ...Read more
Teas & Pregnancy: It is recommended that you not drink nettle leaf, fennel, sassafras, rosemary (in large amounts), hibiscus, ephedra, licorice root, raspberry leaf, oregano, cinnamon, anise, senna or sage tea. Encourage you to limit caffeine intake -so if you drink white, red, yellow or green tea- try to make it decaffeinated. Ginger, lime, barley, peppermint and thyme tea are safe during pregnancy. ...Read more
Careful: There are probably at least a dozen. The one I can name off the top of my head is raspberry leaf tea. Be very cautious about this. Medications are derived from plants so herbal teas can have impact. Research each herbal tea on a reliable botanical website. ...Read more
Yes: Please see dr. Pappas's response re: homeopathy. Herbs & supplements may help as well, but like homeopathy treatment is best individualized. A high-quality multivitamin with additional vit d should insure against deficiencies. Rhodiola is among herbs that can improve fertility. Other herbs & nutrients can increase your partner's sperm count. Make sure you're not hypothyroid. Please see comment:. ...Read more
I'm currently 9 weeks prgnant. Is coffee/tea okay during pregnncy? & since I'm lactose intolerant, what can I take for my baby? Pls advise.
Decaf and lactofree: You can enjoy your teas and even some coffee, but I would realy stick to decaf as much as possible. As far as being lactose intolerant (and I know from personal experience), there are many lacotse free products out there now. You can buy lactose free milk (tastes exactly like regular milk), and can use that to make things like pudding, etc. Also, yogurt is a good addition for more dairy. ...Read more
13wks pregnt nose extremly conjested. Can't breath at day but specialy night. What teas can i drik to help? Or wht nasal spray? Saltine NT wrkin. Help
What do you recommend a pregnant woman to drink? I'm starting to drink mainly water and raspberry lemonade. What teas are safe and will help the baby?
Water is best: Water is the best choice. It helps maintain fluid levels for the baby and decreases water retention and swelling for the mother. In terms of teas, stick to basically black, white, red and green teas as some herbal teas and supplements can be harmful. A good list of herbals to avoid can be found at http://www.Kellymom. Com. Good luck! ...Read more
I'm 39 weeks pregnant and trying to start up my contractions up faster can organo or sage do it or can I drink any kind of teas?
I had sex 5 days ago, condom broke, but I'm on birth control. We used plan b. I drank Dong Quai tea today. Will it affect my chances of getting pregna?
Birth control: You are on birth control. This prevents pregnancy. Its great that you were using condoms too which help prevent STDs. There is no reason to take Plan B since you are already on birth control. Not sure why you took Dong Quai? Birth control is very effective when used correctly. ...Read more