What’s Your Favourite Drink when Pregnant?
Fareham Newborn photographer finds out your favourite drink when pregnant…..Today is National Tea Day (21st April 2021). I always have plenty of tea and coffee in my lovely newborn photography studio at Cams Hall, and I find that most mummies and daddies will opt for coffee. Maybe it’s something to do with keeping them awake after a lack of sleep! As a child, I never drank tea, and to this day I don’t like the taste or smell of tea. My family all drank tea, but for some reason I had to be different and have always drunk coffee. I’m definitely a coffee drinker!
I did some research to find out when tea was introduced in the UK. It was first brought to Britain in the early 17th century by the East India Company. “It was an expensive product and one only for the rich and often kept under lock and key. Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, introduced the ritual of drinking teas to the English Royal Court and the habit adopted by the aristocracy. The first tea shop for ladies opened in 1717 by Thomas Twining and slowly tea shops began to appear throughout England; making the drinking of teas available to everyone. The British further developed their love of teas during the years of the British Empire in India.”
An Aid to Morning Sickness
Tea can be safe during pregnancy and guidance says that this is as long as you don’t exceed your daily caffeine intake. There have been suggestions that raspberry, peppermint, ginger and lemon balm are safe during pregnancy. Research shows that ginger can reduces nausea and vomiting which is worth considering if you are suffering from morning sickness.
Water is one of the most important liquids to drink overall, and especially throughout your pregnancy. Normally we should drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day, and while you are pregnant you should drink an extra glass too. When you are pregnant, you will need more water to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood, build new tissues, carry nutrients, enhance digestion and flush out washes and toxins. Drinking water can soften your skin and make you feel amazing.
I asked some of my mummies on my Facebook Newborn Photography by Jennifer page what their favourite drinks were during pregnancy and this is what they shared with me.
Harriet said that peach iced tea was her favourite. Although I’m not a tea drinker, it did sound amazing. I did a bit of research on Google and found this amazing recipe on the BBC Good Food website:
Kellie shared that with her first pregnancy she pretty much drank milk all the time and then hot chocolate with her second. She couldn’t stand tea whilst pregnant as it made her feel sick.
For Helen, during the first trimester all she could keep down was Ribena and flat lemonade but now in her second trimester “a hot cup of tea is perfection.”
Victoria loved apple and elderflower tea. I found this recipe if you wanted to give it a try on the Good Magazine website:
Herbal Tea Alternatives
As a non-tea drinker, I hadn’t realised there were so many herbal teas available. There have been a few studies that some herbal teas containing certain ingredients may be safe during pregnancy. Raspberry is apparently believed to shorten labour and help prepare the uterus for birth. Peppermint has been suggested to relieve nausea, stomach pain and heartburn. Although from what I read on the internet, raspberry and peppermint should be avoided in the first trimester. I’ve come across ginger mentioned a lot in relation to reducing nausea and vomiting. And finally, lemon balm is considered to relieve anxiety, irritability and insomnia.
I also looked into what other drinks are good for you during your pregnancy. Orange juice is good as long as pasteurised and fortified with calcium. Orange juice contains potassium which can help lower blood pressure.
It seems that water is the best recommendation, but I guess that just like most of what we eat and drink in general, it’s all in moderation.