Monday, January 18, 2016

Tea and Pregnancy

Pregnant women are often warned about their caffeine consumption, and with good reason. Caffeine can reduce the blood flow to the placenta, and research is mixed regarding caffeine and miscarriage risks, but the risk seems to be small if moms consume small amounts of caffeine.

But what if you are trying to get pregnant? Again, research is mixed. However, one study discovered that women trying to conceive that drank more than 1/2 cup of black or green tea were twice as likely to conceive as those who did not. Some researchers have speculated that some compounds in tea may inhibit chromosome abnormalities, while others help eggs to mature.

Of course, it could also just be that tea drinkers lead healthier lives.

Who knows?

What I do know is tea is a wonderful beverage.

My mug and tea for today:

Appropriate mug, right? It was a gift after the birth of my first child. The tea, while not black or green, is white tea with blueberry and cranberry.

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