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I'm hoping to cut out caffeine almost completely this pregnancy and planning to replace my usual cups of tea/coffee with nice-tasting and healthy/beneficial herbal teas. But I don't know a lot about it and don't really know where to start!<br><br>
I was definitely thinking of starting a cup a day of RRL tea (BTW is it the same as 'Raspberry Leaf' or is there a specific type of raspberry bush that has red leaves or something? Because you see both 'red raspberry leaf' and just 'raspberry leaf' tea) I've also heard about nettle and alfalfa - are they good for early pregnancy, or better for later? I'm only about 4 weeks pregnant so far, so very early days.<br><br>
So, tell me about your pregnancy tea regime! What teas did you drink from the beginning? Did you change amounts or types as time went on? What benefits did you expect to gain from them and did they live up to your expectations? I'm all ears! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I drink a cup of jasmine tea a day - becasue its good for my kidney yang. We had such trouble concieving this baby but then I started to see an accupuncturist and baby is here and stuck and all is well! Jasmine tea just happens to be one of the 'foods' thats good for kidney yang imbalance!
 

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I also chose my tea regimen based on Chinese Medicine! Cool! I used to drink a cup of Green Tea every morning, but there are some that say the EGCG's in green tea block the uptake of folate in the body, which can lead to spinal cord defects. I think you'd have to drink alot to make that happen, but I stopped my green tea intake anyways. Instead, I drink 1-2 cups of Lemon Ginger tea in the morning. Ginger boosts the body's "Qi", especially in the digestive system. So not only is it a good preventative or treatment for morning sickness, but it also will help your overall energy if you drink it regularly.
 

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Forgot to mention, ann_of_loxley, Cinnamon tea is also really great for the Kidney Yang <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have some chai tea that is loaded with cinnamon and other great spices for kidney yang. I also have just gotten used to adding these things to my food - like ginger - for my kidney yang. I also have ginger tea, but I actually don't really like it - so just stick with ginger in other forms! hehe<br><br>
I read that too about green tea. So I think its okay after the first trimester.<br><br>
Oh - I also had a korean ginsing tea that I started taking whilst TTC. It is also good for kidney yang - and apparently boosts testosterone (not what you want if you suffer from PCOS - but my problem is more the opposite...so exactly what I wanted!)<br><br>
I also know some people start RRL tea as soon as they find out they are pregnant but I don't feel comfortable with that and will be waiting until my third trimester.<br><br>
As far as I am aware, all raspberries are red lol...So I am pretty sure the RRL is the same as just raspberry leaf named products. (but don't quote me on that! hehe)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As far as I am aware, all raspberries are red lol...So I am pretty sure the RRL is the same as just raspberry leaf named products. (but don't quote me on that! hehe)</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I wasn't sure if the red was referring to the raspberries or the leaves themselves!<br><br>
Ginger tea sounds good too - I found ginger helped a bit with the morning sickness last time, and I like the 'zing'!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As far as I am aware, all raspberries are red lol...So I am pretty sure the RRL is the same as just raspberry leaf named products. (but don't quote me on that! hehe)</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I wasn't sure if the red was referring to the raspberries or the leaves themselves!<br><br>
Ginger tea sounds good too - I found ginger helped a bit with the morning sickness last time, and I like the 'zing'!
 
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