When pregnant and breastfeeding, woman are advised to cut down on their caffeine intake. If like me you love a cup of coffee or tea then it can be hard to find something else to replace it. I have always enjoyed herbal tea anyway and use it not only as a nice drink but also as a healthy alternative such as Nettle tea or peppermint tea after a heavy meal. So naturally when I was pregnant I replaced my regular cups of tea and coffee (except one cup of coffee first thing in the morning!) with a tasty herbal tea. When I was 38 weeks pregnant I started drinking Raspberry Leaf tea, my other pregnant mums hated the taste, but I didn’t find it too bad – it wasn’t on my top 10 and I haven’t drunk it since … until I received my Mama Tea package just before Christmas!
The tea is beautifully packaged and very clearly labelled (especially warning messages about when to take and not take the tea) and the packaging colours are bold and look gorgeous lined up in my kitchen cupboard.
I followed the instructions for making the tea on the back of each packet and infused the herbs for 3 minutes, which makes a lovely cup of tea – although I do also tend to just leave my tea bag in the cup for a bit longer for a stronger flavour.
Each tea has been specially blended to help either pregnant or new mummies, but I have to say these herbal teas are lovely and I will be enjoying many more cups of Mama Tea.
Ready Mama – Raspberry leaf and Rose Petal
Uses: In pregnancy from 38 weeks. It is thought to help tone the muscles of your uterus (womb) ready for labour.
This is the first time since being pregnant that I have had raspberry leaf tea and I have to say I like it, the rose petal blend takes the edge off the raspberry leaf flavour.
I have recommended this version of the herbal tea to all my pregnant mummy to be friends.
Cool Mama – Spearmint and Chamomile
Uses: good for pregnancy heartburn or before bed
I enjoy a cup of mint tea anyway so I was looking forward to tasting this. My initial thought was that it was a very refreshing team, much more so than a regular mint tea but also very subtle. This was a particularly handy tea to have handy over Christmas, especially after a rather large Christmas lunch!!
I would definitely opt for Cool Mama over my regular mint tea from now on.
Morning Mama – Ginger and Chamomile
Uses: good for morning sickness
Like many newly pregnant mums, I always had a few gingernut biscuits handy in the first few months of pregnancy, just in case a bout of morning sickness came on. This herbal tea with it’s gingery tones would have been really handy to have.
I am on the fence with ginger generally and I’m not keen on anything that is over-poweringly ginger … this tea has the right mix of enough ginger as well as other flavours such as chamomile and citrus tones so that it does not become just a ginger tea – you can still taste the other flavours.
I recently discovered that one of my favourite herbal teas (orange and ginger) was no longer being made, so I’m really glad I discovered Morning Mama as I also find that ginger tea is great to have handy when you have a cold or just feeling a bit under the weather.
New Mama – Fennel and Lemon Balm
Uses: This tea should not be used in pregnancy but really good to use while breastfeeding.
I was a bit dubious about this one as I’m not a fennel fan, but once I tasted it, wow … there is a real liquorice flavour that is delightful and leaves your mouth feeling alive and refreshed.
When I was breastfeeding my daughter I got to the point where I felt I wanted to naturally increase my milk supply and took Fenugreek supplements (which I felt really helped with my supply), this tea has the added advantage that it contains fennel, fenugreek and nettle, which are all galactagogues – herbs which help to promote milk production and flow.
I’m a little bit addicted to this herbal tea as I’m a big liquorice fan and will also be giving fennel another go!
Glowing Mama – Rooibos and Elderflower
Uses: Rooibos plant contains powerful antioxidants. It is very popular in South Africa and has been used by pregnant and nursing women throughout pregnancy
This combination really works, I love elderflower and combined with Rooibos they make a good team. I find that Rooibos on its own can be a bit too earthy for me, but with elderflower it softens the taste to make a very pleasant alternative to a regular cup of tea, with or without a splash of milk.
My Favourite Mama Tea
Where to buy Herbal Tea by Mama Tea:
All teas can be purchased directly from Mama Tea or online at:
Babye – cool website for everything a mama-to-be needs!
Bella Mama – gorgeous breastfeeding clothes boutique
Blossom & Berry – lovely website for pregnancy and birth
Breastfeeding Heaven – great website for new mamas
The Flower Stork – top website for gifts for babies/new mums
Groovy Mummy – funky website for mums-to-be and new mums