Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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What teas are not considered safe to drink during pregnancy?

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It is actually easier to provide a list for teas and herbs that are safe in pregnancy than list which ones to avoid! Below is a short list of common herbs to avoid throughout pregnancy, unless otherwise advised by a trained herbalist or naturopath. Keep in mind there are many other herbs that are not safe in pregnancy.

  • Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

  • Laxative teas (senna, aloe, cascara, rhubarb)

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

  • Fever Few (Tanacetum parthenium)

  • Juniper berries (Juniperus communis)

  • Black and green teas - the occasional cup of caffeinated tea is most likely going to be safe but try sticking to the decaffeinated forms due to their lower caffeine content, and avoid all together in the first trimester.

This Q&A lists teas that are considered safe during pregnancy.

To learn more about caffeine intake during pregnancy, read this Q&A and this post