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Can you drink herbal tea while pregnant?

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Many herbal teas are safe during pregnancy, but you should be cautious. Large amounts of some herbs such as peppermint and red raspberry leaf are thought to cause contractions and increase the risk of preterm labor. While pregnant, be sure to steer clear of teas that have unfamiliar ingredients; instead, look for those teas that are made from ingredients that are a part of your normal diet (like orange extract). Remember that "natural" doesn't always mean "safe." If you are unsure, talk to your doctor.

From: Pregnancy Myths, Dos, and Don'ts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; and National Health Service, UK. 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2018

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; and National Health Service, UK. 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2018

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