Like many expectant mums I stopped drinking fizzy drinks and caffeine when I was pregnant switching to caffeine free fruit teas and (very boring) water. I never switched back after my second child and have stayed pretty much caffeine free since. One tea I have recently discovered is rooibos which my Granparents swear by. I asked Tick Tock Tea's nutritionist Fiona Hunter how switching to caffeine free rooibos can help during pregnancy and beyond:
How important is hydration and reducing caffeine during pregnancy?
Studies have shown that too much caffeine may restrict the growth of the baby in the womb and increase the risk of a miscarriage, so experts advise limiting intake to 200mg/ day. Many pregnant women switch to caffeine-free drinks – staying hydrated is important because it helps reduce the risk of problems like constipation and cystitis. Breast feeding mums also need to drink plenty of healthy fluids to allow the body to produce enough milk.
What makes rooibos so well suited for new and expectant mums?
Rooibos tea is an excellent choice for new and expectant mothers because it is naturally caffeine-free
and rich in antioxidants. Also, unlike regular green and black tea, it is low in tannin so it isn’t bitter and doesn’t interfere with absorption of iron, an important nutrient for all women, but particularly during pregnancy and for infants and teenage girls.
Can rooibos be enjoyed by the whole family?
Rooibos is perfect for the whole family at any time of the day, even at bedtime so you can enjoy a comforting cuppa without the fear of not being able to sleep afterwards – the last thing you want having just put the baby down! Rooibos has been used for generations in South Africa for its relaxant properties, often used to help soothe infants and calm excitable horses. Today it is still commonly used in this way, with many women across the globe swearing by it for easing colic in babies.
The Tick Tock family have been growing and producing the finest grade rooibos (redbush) tea for over a hundred years, ever since Grandfather Benjamin Ginsberg created the brew in 1903. A tea pioneer, Benjamin was the first to use traditional Chinese tea making techniques to cure the wild rooibos plant and bring out the best of its natural flavours.
Tick Tock offers a variety of exciting flavours including luxuriously spiced Vanilla Chai, delicate rooibos Green Tea, soothing Honey, Lemon & Ginger, refreshingly fragrant Earl Grey, the Restore & Renew wellbeing tea and of course the much-loved and deliciously smooth Original Rooibos. Find out more about Tick Tock at ticktocktea.com
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