I love tea. I drink it winter and summer except for this summer. Excessive heat/humidity and pregnancy don’t mesh very well. Plus, too much caffeine, the experts say, isn’t best for the babies development.
I tried to compromise by drinking cold red raspberry leaf tea. I thought, it must be great since raspberry tea is my favorite. Unfortunately, red, ripe raspberries are my favorite not green, grassy raspberry leaves. So to beat the heat and get down some of this lovely leafy stuff, I came up with a refreshing blend that really is quite delightful.
two raspberry leaf tea bags (Traditional Medicinals and Alvita are good brands)
two traditional medicinals pregnancy tea bags
one tazo passion tea bag
1/4 cup honey
1 liter water
Heat up half the water to just under boiling, add tea bags and honey, stir, let brew for 15 minutes or so. Pour in the other half of the water and some ice cubes and enjoy.
The benefits of red raspberry leaf tea for pregnancy from some tea website
“Brewed as a tea, red raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation. It also contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and calcium. The alkaloid fragrine is thought to help tone the uterus.”
The pregnancy health center (website I stole the picture from) has more information on the benefits of this tea during the last trimester of pregnancy.