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I'm not pregnant, but I have a question about whether something is safe during pregnancy. I'm not trying to get pregnant, but iI'm not not trying, if you know what I mean, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Is rooibos tea safe to drink while pregnant? It has no caffeine.<br><br>
What about white tea? The particular kind of white tea I've been drinking is Silver Needle / Yin Zhen, which has almost no caffeine.
 

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Rooibus is safe for pregnancy. I'm drinking some right now...<br><br>
White Tea (and by most accounts Green Tea as well) are considered safe for pregnancy, because there is so little caffeine. Green Tea is considered a fertility booster by the Chinese (and others -- it supposedly helps with cervical mucus).
 

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Rooibos very good for you - apparently it's what many African women drink throughout their pregnancy due to the positive health benefits. Just google rooibos and pregnancy...mmm. There are some really great ones by Yogi Teas.<br><br>
I drank green and white teas in the second trimester, although I quit both a while ago, just because the caffeine does affect my sleep cycles and cravings. I'll hook back into it though if the baby can tolerate it at all.
 

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80% or more of the caffeine in white/green or any true tea for that matter is brewed out in the first steeping. If you're concerned about caffeine consumption, toss out the first steeping and have your cup from the second steeping.
 

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Just to clarify the above post about reducing caffeine in tea:<br><br>
What you do exactly is put the tea in boiling water for 30 seconds, then dump that out and start with more boiling water (almost boiling for green tea, it makes it less bitter!) and brew as usual. Don't brew the full 3-5 minutes, then brew again. It will be VERY bitter because the tannins tend to develop most after 5-6 minutes!<br><br>
Hope this helps.<br><br>
Kathryn
 
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