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so, i have some tea questions! i love tea, and my boyfriend even… 
14th-Mar-2009 04:35 pm [caffeine, is it safe?]
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so, i have some tea questions! i love tea, and my boyfriend even bought me this amazing teavana tea maker for my birthday so i'm just wondering if what i have is safe or not!

i bought this box of assorted herbal teas from lunds hoping it'd be safe because its caffiene free, but i've read all this stuff about herb teas not being safe so.. based on the names do theese sound safe? i could list ingredients if thats important.

Assorted Caffiene Free Assorted Herb Teas by BIGELOW
the flavors are: I Love Lemon, Cozy Chammomile, Pomegranate Pizzazz, Sweet Dreams, Mint Medley, Orange&Spice

then, I have four different teavana teas which i'll list with there ingredients from the website. I'd love to drink theese.
Matevana & Roobis Chai Red Rooibos with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, lemongrass and cardamom. Roasted Mate leaves, cocoa kernels, rooibos tea, chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa powder), flavoring, white cocoa butter splits (sugar, cocoa butter, dextrose), almonds, cactus blossoms, sunflower petals and cornflower petals.

Blueberry Bliss Green Rooibos, blueberries, grapes, rosehips, hibiscus, red beet root and black currants.

English Breakfast A mixture of Assam, Nilgiri, and Ceylon black teas.

Peach Tranquility Apples, candied pineapple, candied peach pieces, sunflower petals, lemon myrtle leaves, roman chamomile, and rosehips.

i know its a lot but thank you SO much guys!
14th-Mar-2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
IMHO, and not to be snarky, I don't know if a bunch of random people on the Internet are going to be any better at Googling this/figuring this out than you are.

Talk to your doctor.
15th-Mar-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
i was just asking just incase anyone had experience with it, you know? or if someone for some reason had expertise in it. my ob's office just seems like they hate being called and always tell me to refer to the packets they gave me before and what not, and my OB is also super fast at appointments because shes only at my clinic once a week so i try to ask my questions here. i'm sorry.
15th-Mar-2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
doesn't sound like a good OB office to me :\
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15th-Mar-2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Health advice that may be detrimental? I dunno, personally.
14th-Mar-2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
you want to be careful with anything that has chamomile. Also red raspberry leaf - it can be good in small doses, but it can also cause contractions. Avoid anything with ecinacea (sp??) - that can cause alot of problems.
Otherwise, I'd advise calling your Dr's office. There are alot of debates about different herbals right now, and they're the best qualified to make a determination of what is safe for you & your pregnancy.
15th-Mar-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
What is the problem with chamomile? Just curious, I can't stand the stuff. ;)

From what I understand, red raspberry leaf tea is safe depending on the dose--one cup per trimester, so one cup a day in the first trimester, two in the second, etc.
15th-Mar-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Chamomile can also cause contractions, follow same dosage as red raspberry leaf. I know that it has always helped settled my stomach, so now instead of drinking it, I just convince my co-workers to make it so I can at least get the smell (which I LOVE). Im a bit of a tea fanatic - have a list of teas to ask my Dr about at my appt on Friday.
15th-Mar-2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm. My doctor has assured me chamomile tea is perfectly safe, and I haven't been able to find anything in my herb books/resources to contradict him. He is a maternal/fetal specialist & considered the best in the area--he definitely plays safe rather than sorry.
15th-Mar-2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Matevana has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. The Rooibos helps bring it down by half, but just FYI. I love that tea too, but since I work hard at keeping my caffeine level under 150 mg a day, that tea is something I only have 1 cup of at the most. :)
15th-Mar-2009 02:41 am (UTC)
so since it has roobis it will be a little calmer in the caffiene then? i didn't know that. yeah i've stayed under 150mg a day too so i'll just do the 1 cup :) thank you
15th-Mar-2009 05:39 am (UTC)
rooibos is caffeine free. At my teavana, they mix it half and half...therefore, each cup is half rooibos, half matevana. :) So half the caffeine!
15th-Mar-2009 12:12 am (UTC)
I love tea, so I actually just spoke with my doctor about this. Nothing would substitute speaking with your own doc of course, but mine told me that I can drink any tea I want as long as I don't have more than two cups per day.
15th-Mar-2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Any mainstream (like Bigelow) herbal tea is probably fine, because a mainstream company isn't going to include "dangerous" or "questionable" herbs.

The mate contains caffeine, and you're supposed to limit caffeine (how much to limit it depends on who you ask--generally I've read to keep it under 300 mg/day). Same for the black tea (English Breakfast).

You don't seem to have any green teas, but green tea may not be recommended in the first trimester because it may prevent folic acid absorption. This is a newer finding, but I've read it several different places.

Rooibos is a different plant from regular black/green/white tea and should be fine.

I love my Teavana tea maker!
15th-Mar-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I would not drink the mate while pregnant. It's a strong stimulant and may be carcinogenic. The others, at first cursory glance, don't seem bad.
29th-Apr-2011 03:37 am (UTC)
i have read alot about the Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea. It doesn't sound safe to drink. I bought some for my wife without even thinking about the herbs in it. She has had 3 glasses and showed no side effects but think we have decided to save the rest of it until after the pregnancy. It's the lemongrass and the hibiscus in it.
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