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The Guide to Matcha and Pregnancy: Sipping Serenity or Skipping for Now?


Pregnancy is a time of immense joy, but also heightened awareness about what you consume. Matcha, containing caffeine, raises questions about its impact on your developing baby. This guide empowers you by helping show the science behind matcha and pregnancy, so you can make safe and informed choices,



The Nuts and Bolts of Matcha and Pregnancy

We'll dive into these key areas for you :


  • Matcha and Caffeine: We'll dissect the amount of caffeine in matcha compared to other sources.

  • Caffeine's Pregnancy Impact: We'll explore research on caffeine intake and potential risks during pregnancy.

  • L-Theanine: Balancing the Act: We'll explore the unique amino acid L-theanine in matcha and its potential effects on caffeine absorption.

  • Mindful Matcha Consumption: We'll provide tips on safely consuming matcha during pregnancy, if at all.

  • Delicious Caffeine-Free Delights: We'll offer a variety of delightful caffeine-free options to tantalize your taste buds.


 

#1 Can Pregnant Women Drink Matcha? A Quick Guide to Caffeine


pregnant woman drinking matcha


  • Caffeine: Matcha does contain caffeine, though less than coffee. A typical serving of matcha can range from 30-70mg, depending on the quality and preparation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends limiting caffeine intake to 200mg daily during pregnancy [1]. This recommendation is based on several research studies, including a large human study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology which found a link between high caffeine intake (over 500mg/day) and an increased risk of miscarriage [2]. Another study, published in the BMJ, found an association between high caffeine intake (over 300mg/day) and premature birth and low birth weight [3].

Why 200mg? This amount is generally considered safe because it allows for moderate coffee or tea consumption while minimizing potential risks. Caffeine readily crosses the placenta and can affect the developing baby's heart rate. Higher intakes can lead to excessive fetal activity and potentially hinder growth. Additionally, caffeine can interfere with sleep, which is crucial for both mom and baby during pregnancy.

woman doing exercise that is pregnant

 

#2 Brewing a Balanced Approach


  • Listen to Your Body: Some women experience increased sensitivity to caffeine during pregnancy. Pay attention to how you feel after consuming matcha. If you experience anxiety, insomnia, or heartburn, it might be best to take a break.

  • Consult Your Doctor: Every pregnancy is unique. Discuss your caffeine habit with your doctor to determine a safe amount, if any, for you.

  • Quality Counts: Choose organic, ceremonial-grade matcha from a reputable source. Lower quality matcha may contain higher levels of contaminants.


L-Theanine: This unique amino acid found in matcha is thought to work synergistically with caffeine, promoting a calmer alertness rather than the jitters sometimes associated with coffee [2].

How much caffeine is in matcha?

A typical serving of matcha can range from 30-70mg of caffeine, depending on quality and preparation. Remember, this adds up with other caffeinated beverages you consume throughout the day.

Can pregnant women drink matcha altogether?


 

Can pregnant women drink matcha altogether?

#3 Matcha on Hold? Alternatives to Explore

If you need to cut back on matcha, don't worry! Here are some delightful easy yo make caffeine-free options:


  • Rooibos Tea: This naturally sweet and soothing tea boasts antioxidants and potential benefits for digestion.

  • Chamomile Tea: Known for its calming properties, chamomile tea can promote relaxation and restful sleep.

  • Lemon Ginger Water: This refreshing drink is packed with vitamin C and can help with nausea.

Remember: Mira Matcha is here to support your wellness journey throughout pregnancy. Enjoy matcha in moderation, listen to your body, and always consult your doctor for personalized guidance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Follow us: | Instagram | Facebook |  ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Marissa Gámez, the heart and soul behind Míra Matcha, is a passionate entrepreneur with a unique vision. A proud Latina and Veteran, she brings not only dedication but also a vibrant cultural twist to the world of matcha.  Join Marissa on her journey to revolutionize the way you experience matcha! With Míra Matcha, every sip is a celebration of bold flavors and rich culture.

Marissa Gámez, the heart and soul behind Míra Matcha, is a passionate entrepreneur with a unique vision. A proud Latina and Veteran, she brings not only dedication but also a vibrant cultural twist to the world of matcha.


Join Marissa on her journey to revolutionize the way you experience matcha! With Míra Matcha, every sip is a celebration of bold flavors and rich culture.


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