Pregnancy is a time where it seems like your physical needs change constantly. One day you feel great, the next you can’t eat anything green, and the next you are pretty sure you will never get out of bed again. Have these herbs on hand ready to make tea to help you through any pregnancy struggle.
Note that you most definitely can buy pregnancy teas at the store. Be sure to buy organic if you do, but you will save a lot of money and have fresher herbs if you buy them in bulk and make your own. Grab a tea spoon infuser and load up on these heaven-sent helpers.
For each recipe, mix up the bulk amount (of course, this isn’t a science so if you don’t have enough of something, or don’t enjoy a particular herb, that’s okay). Scoop one teaspoon in your teaspoon infuser, and pour in one cup of boiling, filtered water.
The Best Pregnancy Herbs
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red rapsberry leaf is easily “the” herb of pregnancy. Known to tone the uterus, regular consumption can actually prepare you for labor. It also supports all of the many processes going on in your lady bits. So, drink up!
Nettle, as well as alfalfa, is loaded with vitamins and minerals which you definitely need throughout pregnancy. Adding this to any of the tea recipes when you feel a bit under-nourished is a great idea.
Ginger is used to relieve nausea and morning sickness. It also adds a much needed boost of energy. Keep ginger chews, pops, fresh ginger (hello, stir fries) and the loose herb on hand as soon as you learn that you’re pregnant.
Pregnancy Tea Tonic
An all purpose, nourishing pregnancy tea
Mix appropriate amounts into a one pint mason jar.
- 1/4 cup of red raspberry leaf
- 1/4 cup of nettle
- 1/8 cup of oatstraw
- 1/8 cup of alfalfa
Morning Sickness Tea
Morning sickness bothers most mothers, while its cause is somewhat unclear. Many believe it’s a gut or liver issue, so it’s a great idea to heal your leaky gut and treat your liver issues before conceiving. Try six small meals full of good fats and proteins, too, while you sip on this!
- 1/2 cup of dried ginger (you can grate fresh ginger, too!)
- 1/2 cup of lemon balm
Mid-Pregnancy Support Tea
After 20 weeks of pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume doubles. This can often lead to her feeling fatigued, and any signs of anemia or low hemoglobin may show. Combat this with this iron and blood boosting tea.
- 1/4 cup of yellow dock (this has a strong, rooty taste. I promise how amazing you feel while consuming it is worth it!)
- 1/8 cup of red raspberry leaf
- 1/8 cup of red clover
Pregnancy Bloat Tea
Cornsilk can help reduce water retension so often seen in the last weeks of pregnancy. Spice it up with some lemon balm (or your other favorite herb).
- 1/4 cup of cornsilk
- 1/4 cup of lemon balm
Labor Prep Tea
Midwives have used different herbs to help aid labor. Red raspberry leaf tones the uterus, skullcap helps wtih pain, shepherd’s purse limits blood loss (if you have blood issues, please ask your doctor before using this herb), and motherwort calms the nerves. Begin using this prep tea at 38 weeks (after you ask your provider!).
- 1/4 cup of red raspberry leaf
- 1/8 cup teaspoon of skullcap
- 2 teaspoosn of shepherd’s purse
- 1/8 cup teaspoons of motherwort
Postpartum Healing Tea
Postpartum healing is all about providing energy and rejuvenating your blood supply.
- 1/4 cup red raspberry leaf
- 1/8 cup oatstraw
- 1/8 cup dandelion root (or alfalfa)
- 1/8 cup chamomile
- 3 teaspoons of ginger root
- 3 tablespoons of rose buds (for vitamin C)
Milky Mama Tea
Use this tea to boost your milk supply, but don’t forget to eat enough (300 calories more than usual), get enough sleep, drink a lot of water, and get support!
- 1/2 cup lemon balm
- 1/8 cup fennel
- 1/8 cup fenugreek
- 1/2 cup oatstraw
- 3 tablespoons of dried orange peel or rose hips for taste, optional