Green tea is known for being rich in antioxidants, but still some women ask: is green tea safe during pregnancy? If you are interested in green tea and pregnancy as well you should know that it is safe to have some of it, but only moderately.
It is alright to have 3-4 cups per day.
Although it has been considered a healthy drink for centuries some of the recent studies raise some questions regarding whether it is safe during pregnancy and so it may be a good idea to be cautious.
Nonetheless even during pregnancy you need antioxidants to protect the cells of the body.
According to the research conducted regarding green tea, it is useful in case of different kinds of conditions, such as heart disease, different kinds of cancer and high blood pressure.
Other studies indicate that the tea is good for oral health, it strengthens the bones and it boosts the immune system to be able to fight viral and bacterial infections.
Nonetheless the findings of the studies aren’t conclusive enough to draw any general conclusions. Some of the doctors are of the opinion that drinking green tea during pregnancy may affect the levels of folic acid of the body.
According to one study, the risks of birth defects such as spina bifida could increase if the mother drinks large amounts of green tea before conception.
As a result we may think that if you don’t have green tea during pregnancy you could reduce the risks of birth defects, but then you wouldn’t have antioxidants either. This is why it is best to drink tea but in moderate amounts.
Another thing to consider regarding drinking green tea while being pregnant is that it also contains caffeine that should be consumed only in small amounts during pregnancy.