The amount of caffeine to be consumed prior to pregnancy and during pregnancy is hugely contended with many conflicting research stating whether it is good or bad for mothers to be. Health Canada states that minimizing caffeine intake to 150-300mg daily is ideal and will not pose harm to the growing fetus. Here is a breakdown of common foods and drinks that contain caffeine.
|Drink/Food||Caffeine Content (mg)|
|Chocolate (candy)||28 mg|
|Tea, leaf or bag||50mg|
Are herbal teas safe to drink during pregnancy?
Another big question that clients often ask is if drinking herbal teas are safe. Below is a list of teas that are safe to drink and contain no caffeine. Because some herbs can cause uterine contractions or increase blood flow by acting like a mild blood thinner. The safest advice is to stick to fruit and food based teas, such as the list below also deemed by Health Canada as safe.
This list of safe herbal teas approved by health Canada during pregnancy includes:
Avoid taking Chamomile tea it can have harmful effects on the uterus.