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#1 Three Of Hearts

Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

Hi everyone waves.gif

Absolutely no idea where to post this, so i'll just post it in here!

I gave up coca cola and softdrinks 3 weeks ago (on recommendation of an OBGYN for ladies TTC).  I have been drinking herbal teas and water instead.  I'm not a fan of the herbal teas (the flavour compared to a can of coke is well... not really all that comparable LOL!).

I have tried a couple, but I have noticed that one in particular drastically changes the way I feel.  It is a Moroccan blend with cinnamon, chicory root, rosehip , liquorice & spearmint.  About 15-20 minutes after I drink a cup I get really really hot!  My face feels like it is bright red and on fire and I feel like I've risen my body temperature by 10 degrees!  And this is every time I drink this tea!

Any other tea I've tried doesn't do this.  Jasmine green for instance has no effect on me.  Does anyone know what or which ingredient is causing these sudden hot flashes?!  Is it bad!?

The Moroccan is probably the nicest of the flavours to drink, but I don't like the sudden rise in temperature I get from drinking it!

Also one more question... do you have to be careful with what tea you drink when TTC?  I picked up a jar of tea in the health food store the other day because I thought it sounded good, but I noticed it contained Vitex!!

#2 Stoked

Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:22 AM

Rosehip and spearmint are safe teas - you can drink them throughout pregnancy so during TTC is also ok. Licorice is a known abortive so I would abstain from it. Not sure about the other two ingredients.

There are heaps of herbal teas you're not supposed to drink while pregnant, and only a few more are 'allowed' while TTC. It's easier to list the safe to drink in pregnancy ones, i.e. spearmint/peppermint, rosehip, ginger and I think that's it (?). Chamomile and calendula are ok while TTC - they are thought to regulate cycles better so should be stopped the moment you fall pregnant.

#3 Three Of Hearts

Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:55 AM

Thanks heaps Stoked!!

I had no idea about the licorice! WOW!  Will throw away the packet of liquorice pieces I have in the cupboard as well!!

I may give the spearmint a go next, I've never been a fan of chamomile.  The jasmine green is growing on me, although I still think brewing up a cup of grass out of the garden would be just as enjoyable roll2.gif

#4 Fr0g

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:24 PM

ETA: sorry, I misread your post so my info was incorrect - no idea when TTC.

Edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog, 14 April 2012 - 12:26 PM.


#5 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (Allie_D @ 14/04/2012, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
although I still think brewing up a cup of grass out of the garden would be just as enjoyable roll2.gif


LOL, that's what I thought when I tried a couple.

I found a really nice replacement for coca cola is the mount franklin sparkling water with lemon. I was addicted to coca cola and hadn't had one for about 2mths. You don't realise it but your taste buds change. I caved and had some yesterday and couldn't drink it, it was really horrible. I can't believe I used to think coca cola tasted nice.

Edited by mumto3princesses, 14 April 2012 - 12:28 PM.


#6 Three Of Hearts

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:39 PM

I love sparkling water too!!  I order it in restaurants all the time and it costs me more than a glass of wine!!  Ridiculous!

I would love it if my taste buds change!  At the moment i'm still getting that urge at around midday, and I can still imagine what it tastes like!!  So it would be great if next time I have some I don't like it!!

#7 *LucyE*

Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

If you don't like teas, do as the PP suggested and have a cold glass of flavoured water.

What is it about the soft drinks you are trying to avoid?  The fact it is carbonated?  The sugar?  The caffeine?

If you're trying to wean yourself off the commercial stuff, maybe mix your own lemon syrup/lemonade which although still full of sugar, is an easy way to train your tastebuds. Have it icy cold and I find it quite refreshing.

There's a host of stuff you are supposed to avoid while pregnant and by extension, while ttc. I've seen chammomile on the no go list yet many people drink it without a problem. There's also the element of how much you are consuming. Choose a reputable source and stick with it. I followed Francesca Naish's books and suggestions.

#8 Three Of Hearts

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 14/04/2012, 08:39 PM)
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If you don't like teas, do as the PP suggested and have a cold glass of flavoured water.

What is it about the soft drinks you are trying to avoid?  The fact it is carbonated?  The sugar?  The caffeine?


D. All of the above!!
The caffeine and all the nasty other things that are in soft drinks. I drink a lot of water but especially when it's cold I like something else to drink. Normally I would turn to coffee or normal tea, but since hearing from an OBGYN I've been trying to give it all up. Except for my morning latte!!

#9 ironbutterfly

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

Have you tried rooibos tea?



#10 Three Of Hearts

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

QUOTE (ironbutterfly @ 15/04/2012, 06:07 PM)
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Have you tried rooibos tea?


No I hadn't even heard of it!  I just googled it and it looks good!  Thanks!! Do you know what it tastes like?!?

#11 ironbutterfly

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

It's rather earthy but if you like coffee or tea you should find it more palatable than other herbal teas. When you buy it check the contents for straight rooibos or red bush. Some can contain rosemary which TTC/pregnant aren't good for you.
Best way to have rooibos is a long slow steep or stew, it develops the tea more. You can add lemon or vanilla for a change too.

ETA you can also have it black or with milk, just like a normal tea/coffee

Edited by ironbutterfly, 15 April 2012 - 06:14 PM.


#12 Iliketoflounce

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

QUOTE (ironbutterfly @ 15/04/2012, 06:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you tried rooibos tea?



QUOTE (Allie_D @ 15/04/2012, 06:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No I hadn't even heard of it!  I just googled it and it looks good!  Thanks!! Do you know what it tastes like?!?


Rooibos tea is really good i add honey to it if im drinking it black like pp said be careful what brand you get and try different brands

#13 Three Of Hearts

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:27 PM

Thanks guys!  I'm heading into town on Tuesday so will go searching for some!

#14 Jenflea

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

Try going into a store such as Tea2 or (my favorite) Adore Tea (think they are Canberra only now but are online as well. A good tea store should have a nice range of herbal teas.


#15 Jembo

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

I have always wanted to drink herbal teas but never been able to get into them, tried many many types, that is until I tried these ones: http://www.styleaficionado.com.au/Teas.html

I often have the immunity blend, I find them far easier to drink than other herbal teas.

Also to try and not drink so much diet coke I have soda water with lime in it (also use that in place of wine)



#16 Stoked

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 15/04/2012, 06:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Try going into a store such as Tea2 or (my favorite) Adore Tea (think they are Canberra only now but are online as well. A good tea store should have a nice range of herbal teas.

T2 are insanely pricey! I order mine from http://tealeaves.com.au/ - they have a lovely little shop in the Dandenongs (Victoria), but it's so busy I rarely get a chance to browse their teas properly there.

#17 Stoked

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Allie_D @ 15/04/2012, 06:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
D. All of the above!!
The caffeine and all the nasty other things that are in soft drinks. I drink a lot of water but especially when it's cold I like something else to drink. Normally I would turn to coffee or normal tea, but since hearing from an OBGYN I've been trying to give it all up. Except for my morning latte!!

You don't have to give up black tea if you like it, just brew it weaker and drink it with milk or cream.

#18 ironbutterfly

Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Allie_D @ 15/04/2012, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks guys!  I'm heading into town on Tuesday so will go searching for some!

You should find some in woolies/coles. Or health food shops will stock it.

#19 Monket

Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:23 PM

Just be careful and make sure that the tea you are drinking is safe while TTC and in early pregnancy.  Green and black teas for example, reduce the absorption of folic acid.

#20 Three Of Hearts

Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE (Jembo @ 15/04/2012, 06:32 PM)
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I have always wanted to drink herbal teas but never been able to get into them, tried many many types, that is until I tried these ones: http://www.styleaficionado.com.au/Teas.html

I often have the immunity blend, I find them far easier to drink than other herbal teas.

Also to try and not drink so much diet coke I have soda water with lime in it (also use that in place of wine)

Wow they have some really interesting blends! Some of them sound yummy!  But then I thought raspberry tea sounded yummy but thought it tasted horrible!! LOL!!
QUOTE (Stoked @ 15/04/2012, 06:48 PM)
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You don't have to give up black tea if you like it, just brew it weaker and drink it with milk or cream.

No I'm not a fan of black tea at all. Think I'd rather the green tea!

QUOTE (Monket @ 15/04/2012, 07:23 PM)
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Just be careful and make sure that the tea you are drinking is safe while TTC and in early pregnancy.  Green and black teas for example, reduce the absorption of folic acid.

Yes that's why I started this topic. I wanted some opinions/advice as I was worried about drinking the wrong thing.  I didn't know about green and black teas reducing folic acid absorption. Thanks for the info!

#21 Jembo

Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

QUOTE
Wow they have some really interesting blends! Some of them sound yummy! But then I thought raspberry tea sounded yummy but thought it tasted horrible!! LOL!!


Yes I got caught with that one as well lol.  I have in my cupboard now the immunity blend (which is my fav) and also the tropical blend.  Have tried the apple sample, but I don't like apple juice so didnt like that.  Also tried the chai one (but I prefer chai latte if I have that) and the strawberry I tried cold on the kids.  I couldnt see on the site, but you used to be abel to get samples for a couple of dollars, that was great as I could try them out till found one I liked.

#22 Three Of Hearts

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

I picked up some rooibos tea in town today, and am having a cup now.  Love it!!  It's fantastic!  I'm drinking it very strong, and with no milk or anything to sweeten it!!

#23 *LucyE*

Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:04 AM

Glad you found one you like original.gif

My favourite Rooibos is from the Tea Centre. They have a vanilla one which has real bits of vanilla pods in with it. I believe Rooibos is actually made from the bark of a tree and originated in Africa. It supposedly is used traditionally by breastfeeding mothers because it helps to reduce colic in babies. No idea if it is true or not (anecdotally, I would say yes original.gif ) and is safe while ttc and pregnancy too

#24 Sey

Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:57 PM

be careful with the rooibos!! it can mimic estrogen i read yesterday which is no good! i cant find any 100% safe herbal teas so think i will stick with water, or add some honey for a cheap thrill.






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