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Tea Time for Two

Round of applause mama! You're doing such an amazing job caring for you and your sweet little one. Teas are such a great way to unwind and allow yourself to really enjoy the moment. They are also a great way to take in herbs that you wouldn't usually eat or drink on the regular schedule we call life.

Here's some of my favorite tea herbs for pregnancy and breastfeeding mamas and the healthy benefits they provide.

Breastfeeding

Fenugreek

  • It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing mother's milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. Once an adequate level of milk production is reached, most women can discontinue the fenugreek and maintain the milk supply with adequate breast stimulation.

Fennel

  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgete) is a common herb often used for cooking and healing. The use of this sweet, licorice-flavored spice can be traced back to ancient Egypt. It has been used for centuries to treat digestive problems and menstrual issues. It has also been given to nursing women to help stimulate milk production.

Red Raspberry leaf

  • Drinking red raspberry tea can have significant benefits during breastfeeding. High in calcium and iron, red raspberry tea can help tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth. The mineral content of red raspberry tea might help increase a mother's milk supply, making it an herbal galactagogue.

Nettle

  • Nettle leaf is rich in the minerals calcium and iron, is mildly diuretic, and is diuretic. Nettle leaf is rich in the minerals calcium and iron, is and mildly diuretic. Nettle enriches and increases the flow of breast milk and restores the mother’s energy following childbirth.

Blessed Thistle

  • Blessed thistle is an herb used by nursing mothers who wish to increase their supply of breast milk. It's most often taken in combination with fenugreek, but it's also a common ingredient found in commercially prepared supplements designed specifically for supporting milk production in breastfeeding women.

Goats Rue

  • Goat’s rue is one of the most potent herbs to stimulate the development of mammary tissue. For this reason, it can be particularly helpful for women who did not experience breast growth during pregnancy, women with insufficient glandular tissue/breast hypoplasia, women who have had breast surgeries, and adoptive mothers. Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Weaning

Using large amounts of the following herbs and other natural remedies should be avoided while nursing because they have been known to decrease milk supply.

  • Black Walnut

  • Chickweed

  • Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

  • Hibiscus

  • Lemon Balm

  • Oregano

  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)/Menthol

  • Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor)

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)

  • Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)

  • Spearmint

  • Thyme

  • Yarrow

Pregnancy

Ginger

Eases nausea, aids the digestion process and relieves stomach issues.

Dandelion Leaf

This tea is wonderful support in late pregnancy if fluid retention is an issue. It is high in potassium and has a gentle but effective diuretic effect.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is great for relaxing your stomach muscles to help settle an upset stomach as well as the nausea and vomiting common in early pregnancy. - See more at: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/tea-during-pregnancy-teas-to-drink-teas-to-avoid/

Red Raspberry Leaf

When taken during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is said to aid the mother’s immune system, ease morning sickness and promote better circulation. Taking raspberry leaf is believed to help strengthen uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth, as well as assist with breastmilk supply and helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage.

Rooibos

This South African tea, sometimes referred to as red bush tea since it is cultivated from the red bush, is a caffeine-free tea that is often times given to children in South Africa and is consumed unrestricted, unlike other teas. This is one of the reasons why Rooibos tea is one of the safest teas to drink while pregnant. Rooibos tea has such high anti-oxidant qualities. It has a high source of calcium and helps to aid in digestion and stomach issues. Rooibos tea, unlike other teas, actually helps your body absorb iron, an essential mineral for pregnancy and postpartum.

Hope you enjoy some tea today! Please share this with those you love!

Sources:

www.breastfeedingonline.com/fenugreek.shtml

https://www.verywell.com/fennel-breastfeeding-and-increasing-breast-milk-supply-431838

http://oureverydaylife.com/can-drink-raspberry-tea-nursing-29489.html

http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2135002

https://www.verywell.com/blessed-thistle-breastfeeding-and-breast-milk-supply-431835

https://www.motherlove.com/blog/view/Using-Goats-Rue-to-increase-your-milk-supply

http://www.justbreastfeeding.com/low-milk-supply/peppermint-and-other-herbs-that-can-decrease-breast-milk-supply/

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/red-raspberry-leaf-tea/

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/tea-during-pregnancy-teas-to-drink-teas-to-avoid/

http://dailymom.com/expect/5-pregnancy-safe-teas-for-the-tea-lover/

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