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Is Yerba Mate okay to consume?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Is Yerba Mate okay to consume during my pregnancy?  I NEED a coffe alternative and I have read conflicting info.  My gut is telling me that it is probably okay in moderation.  Any preggo Yerba Mate drinkers here?  Thoughts?

post #2 of 21

Can you just drink coffee in moderation? I just found out I'm pregnant, and that is what I'm doing. Also will be drinking black tea.

 

I just typed Yerba Mate into Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate If you scroll down to where it says "Xanthines", it lists caffeine and two other similar substances ( theobromine and theophylline),. If you continue to read those few paragraphs, it talks about the effects that are similar to coffee, but they affect muscles more (which wouldn't help your drowsiness/wakefulness anyways), and they can affect heart rhythms in stimulating way (don't know if this is more or less than plain caffeine). So based on that, I wouldn't use it. You don't want your baby's heart to be racing MORE than it would with coffee. We KNOW what caffeine, in moderation, does to a developing baby (in smaller amounts, it is okay, as far as I know), but mate isn't as commonly used, so the effects wouldn't be as well-known/time-tested.

 

So in other words, I'd stick to small amounts of weak coffee, and black tea. If you want to push the envelope, I'd just drink more coffee vs using mate. That is just my opinion, I'm not a doctor.

 

I understand this dilemma, trust me! I'm drinking coffee right now. Good luck!

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

This is what has me thinking its okay in moderation...thoughts on this?

 

http://www.yerba-mate.com/yerbamate.pdf

 

 

“To assess the effect of mate drinking during pregnancy on preterm and small for
gestational age (SGA) birth, a cross-sectional study was done. From January 1st to
December 31st, 1993, in the first 24 h after delivery, all 5304 mothers giving birth at the
hospitals in Pelotas, Southern Brazil, were interviewed and several of their characteristics
were gathered. Birthweight was recorded and gestational age at birth assessed using the
Dubowitz score. All 5189 single births were analyzed. The prevalence of SGA and preterm
birth was 8.0 and 9.1%, respectively. Mate intake at least once a week during the entire
pregnancy period was reported by approximately 68% of the mothers. Crude analyses
showed a 30% increase in the risk of SGA among daily mate drinkers compared with
nonconsumers (prevalence ratio = 1.3; 95% CI 1.1-1.6), whereas no statistical association
was detected with preterm births. After controlling for confounders, the significance of the
association with SGA birth no longer held and the lack of association with prematurity
remained unchanged. In conclusion, prevalence of daily mate drinking was high
among pregnant women and, contrary to the hypothesis, no harmful effect on
intrauterine growth or duration of pregnancy was detected.”

post #4 of 21

I would not drink it. It has several stimulants. I do half-calf most of the time when I want a little caffeine or black tea as was suggested earlier.
 

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Originally Posted by topazorchid View Post

This is what has me thinking its okay in moderation...thoughts on this?

 

http://www.yerba-mate.com/yerbamate.pdf

 

 

“To assess the effect of mate drinking during pregnancy on preterm and small for
gestational age (SGA) birth, a cross-sectional study was done. From January 1st to
December 31st, 1993, in the first 24 h after delivery, all 5304 mothers giving birth at the
hospitals in Pelotas, Southern Brazil, were interviewed and several of their characteristics
were gathered. Birthweight was recorded and gestational age at birth assessed using the
Dubowitz score. All 5189 single births were analyzed. The prevalence of SGA and preterm
birth was 8.0 and 9.1%, respectively. Mate intake at least once a week during the entire
pregnancy period was reported by approximately 68% of the mothers. Crude analyses
showed a 30% increase in the risk of SGA among daily mate drinkers compared with
nonconsumers (prevalence ratio = 1.3; 95% CI 1.1-1.6), whereas no statistical association
was detected with preterm births. After controlling for confounders, the significance of the
association with SGA birth no longer held and the lack of association with prematurity
remained unchanged. In conclusion, prevalence of daily mate drinking was high
among pregnant women and, contrary to the hypothesis, no harmful effect on
intrauterine growth or duration of pregnancy was detected.”



 

post #5 of 21

I have heard that yerba mate is linked to cancer, so you may want to investigate that issue, as well. This site discusses it and has a number of cited studies to corroborate, although it is just one that I found when googling: http://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/questions

post #6 of 21

Over a year ago I bought Yerba Mate. When it ran out I went online to get a better price and then I saw the conflicting studies on it. I started to research it as much as possible. After much research I decided not to drink it, even while not pregnant.  I would not drink while pregnant personally. I won't drink it ever again because to me, once I fully researched, it wasn't worth the risk when there are so so so many other tasty teas out there that are proven to be healthy and no doubt are good for you.  

 

post #7 of 21

Excellent! Doctors actually recommend Mate in South America, not in great quantities as most of the population drinks, but enough to regulate bowels.

post #8 of 21

The herb is not linked to cancer. What is linked to cancer is the scalding hot temperatures the natives in South America drink it from. And if they combine the scalding hot with alcohol and tobacco, well there you go. But no links with the herb in itself. Check Wikipedia.

post #9 of 21

problem is, you probably read researchers from the States where they have no field studies, and just publish their prejudices instead. If you knew Spanish, and you'd read research from South America, you'd get a whole different array of it's healing benefits, instead of the scare tactics the US and Europe friek on.

post #10 of 21

The stimulants in Mate is not like Coffee. UnLike most English publications on this herb say it has a lot of caffeine as much as coffee, that's wrong.

First of all Mate has no caffeine, it has mateine, a similar component as caffeine but only possesses about 1/10 as much strength as caffeine does.

post #11 of 21
My first thought was 'What do the folks in South America do?' I don't know anything about it but my guess is its fine in moderation. Lots of people say don't drink coffee while preggo but I'm Latin and I will tell you that if drinking coffee was bad there would be no Latino people LOL. I'm not a doc or a scientist but I would probably do what the folks in South America do..
post #12 of 21
Personally, I think it's pretty silly that pg moms are scared away from drinking even coffee. But that's me.
post #13 of 21
I just drank less coffee and tea instead of coffee some days. No need to mess with unfamiliar things.
post #14 of 21
I'm argentinian, everybody here drinks Mate (wich is a way to drink yerba mate), including myself, being pregnant today in my second trimester. I couldn't help but smile while reading some of the posts here in this thread. Yerba mate linked to cancer? Haha, sure, if that's the case there would be no argentinans left alive. It is 100% safe. It helps a lot with bowel movements. I could go on and on about its benefits but it's pointless, it is strange to your culture and that's ok. I just wanted to address the fact that it's a safe beverage to drink.
post #15 of 21

Indeed. I lived 13 years in Argentina. Though I never got used to drinking it every day, I do occasionally.

I know for sure that all my in-laws drank Mate while pregnant. They all have normal beautiful kids, no miscarriages either.

Even my mother-in-law drank it her whole pregnancy while she had my future husband inside her!

Some say it's addictive like coffee... maybe, though I don't think so, my husband isn't. But he likes to drink it every now and then, and it's not like he NEEDS it every day.

post #16 of 21

thanks for the info ladies, a pregnant friend of mine was asking the same thing about Yerba.  Glad I read this.

 

post #17 of 21

I rotate between yerba mate, black chai, and herbal pregnancy tea in the mornings.... some days I feel like a stimulant, other days i don't- either way it's moderation- I'm not filling a gourd up with scalding hot water all day long- it's 1-2 tea bags a day-- which is still half the amount of a cup of strong coffee. I quit coffee and I really think that's how I got pregnant!! we didn't do anything different... just both quit coffee and were pregnant the next month!

post #18 of 21

The one time I had yerba mate, years ago when I was not pregnant, it sent me to the hospital so I personally will never consume it again.  I'm not sensitive to caffeine.  This is chemically close to caffeine but not the same thing, and my body just can't hack it.  Good luck!

post #19 of 21

Yerba Mate can trigger detox. That might not be too big of a deal in South America, but the US is toxic and anything that gets stirred up will pass to the baby.

post #20 of 21

It would be nice to read some studies on this. I've also known Yerba Mate to be a stimulant and a general tonic for energy.

 

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