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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know if yerba mate is particularly bad during pregnancy?

(as I sit here and drink the first cup I've had in MONTHS)

I've been limiting myself to a cup a tea a day...avoiding coffee.
but this morning I caved in to the call of the Mate.

Danke
post #2 of 15
Everything I've read says its not safe to use during pregnancy
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
okay...
apparently it inhibits MAO development in vitro

so I'm guessing that is a no-no

*sigh*

but it sooo gooooood
and and and it has so much good stuff in it

man......
post #4 of 15
*sighs with you* I miss it too!
post #5 of 15
I was so excited to click this link because I love the stuff and am so convinced it is God's health tonic! I've been drinking PLENTY... and this is the first I've heard of ill effects. Where did you girls hear this?
post #6 of 15
All the sites I see selling it have specific warnings against it's use in pregnancy. It has caffiene of course, but I think it might also have some ephedrine like substances in it, seeing as it's in so many diet products. (ephedrine is natural, remember- doesn't need to be added to a product to be in it, and it's DEFINITELY dangerous in pregnancy.)

Really best to stay away from this one- plenty of time for it After birth!! We got some from a friend recently, and are eager to try it, but will wait until after The Big Day.. -j
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is one site I found:
http://www.rain-tree.com/yerbamate.htm
Quote:
A recent (2002) U.S. patent cites yerba mate for inhibiting monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity by 40-50% in vitro, reporting that it might be useful for a variety of such disorders as "depression, disorders of attention and focus, mood and emotional disorders, Parkinson's disease, extrapyramidal disorders, hypertension, substance abuse, eating disorders, withdrawal syndromes and the cessation of smoking."
Which confuses me..... (which is not all THAT suprising though )
I mean how can invitro stuff help people who already have depression?
post #8 of 15
In vitro means literally 'in glass' - so in any kind of artificial environment. Presumably that means it inhibited MAO in a test tube but they didn't study it in living subjects.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 


but that was what was referenced all the other places when they said to not drink it during pregnancy

hmmmm

man....
It is so good and gived me way more energy than anything else

and it has lots of good stuff in it
post #10 of 15
Hmm, thanks for the advice. It makes me sad, but I'm glad I heard this before the holidays. We are planning on buying about 10 lbs of it from a local grower as a Christmas present for some out of state friends.
It will be so hard to stay away from it! Alcohol is easy, since that is not especially healthful at any pt in life, but it's hard to think of mate as "bad".
Thanks again!!!!!
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by waterbaby9503
Hmm, thanks for the advice. It makes me sad, but I'm glad I heard this before the holidays. We are planning on buying about 10 lbs of it from a local grower as a Christmas present for some out of state friends.
It will be so hard to stay away from it! Alcohol is easy, since that is not especially healthful at any pt in life, but it's hard to think of mate as "bad".
Thanks again!!!!!
Well, just think, it's only bad for a relatively short period of time. And a bit of alcohol, while bad during p/g too, can have pretty significant health benefits! OH WELL. I figure, I'll indulge in a little bit of each, directly *after* breastfeeding sessions...

p.s. If you don't mind, can you pm me about where you buy it locally? We'd like to get more after the baby is born, but I don't have any idea of what a good supplier is, and we don't have any in our small town..
post #12 of 15
from my understanding--it's just too stimulating for pregnancy. it's the caffeine or "matteine" in it thats not good for the babe.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
bah caffine
I found a UK pregnancy site that said up to 4 cups of coffee a day was fine. FOUR!
I haven't even been having my one cup of tea a day lately.
The Mate still calls though...
(it might help if it weren't right next to the vitamins, so I see it every day )
<rant>
I just wish someone would say outright WHY it isn't safe during pregnancy. If it is the caffine, then every package of tea and coffee should have the same warning, ya know?
If it is because it messes with MAO development (which would be bad in a babe), just lemme know
</rant>
post #14 of 15

but how about breastfeeding

All the sites I see advise against Yerba Mate during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A lot just say to check with your doctor. This is common when something hasn't been studied and they are legally better off advising against it than condoning it. Pretty much EVERYTHING says check with your doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding.

So, I see from this thread some great reasons to avoid it during pregnancy. Any one with some signifant reasons to avoid it while breastfeeding?
post #15 of 15
Don't hate me but I think it's bad during BF because babies' systems aren't mature enough to process out the caffeine and while it only sticks around for a few hours in our systems it can hang out for a MUCH longer time in theirs, even if you drink the caffeeine right after a breastfeeding session? I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that's what I read. I remember being really disappointed that I'll have to live without coffee even longer sigh.

I read an article on it-- I'd link it ony am late to work. Maybe someone else would be so kind as to find it? Or correct me if I'm wrong in my response here.

Thanks!
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