Could drinking a cup of black decaf tea cause miscarriages during pregnacy?

(March 17, 2010)

A miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous abortion of a fetus within 20 weeks of pregnancy. A miscarriage may occur as a result of the body naturally rejecting the fetus. This could be due to some defect in the fetus as it is growing in the womb. Miscarriages may also be caused due to an ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus begins to develop in the fallopian tubes. This is a far more serious kind of miscarriage and is dangerous to the mother. Another type of miscarriage is when there is no fetus growing in the uterus although the sac has developed.

Black tea is known for its antioxidant qualities. After green tea, black tea is the next best in terms of this property. Black tea is derived from the same leaf as green tea, only it is further oxidized and turns black. During this process it gains its signature taste. Black tea is very popular in the Middle East and in Europe. Recent studies have brought to light the positive effects that black tea can have on you.

Black tea is known to have a good effect on the heart, has a positive correlation with reduction in cancer occurrence, tends to fight arthritis, and has a general good effect on the immune system.

Caffeine has the effect of increasing your heart rate and metabolism. Caffeine also has diuretic properties which cause the body to lose more water in the form of urine. These are all negative situations when one is considering pregnancy. A pregnant woman needs to retain enough water to feed her body as well as the fetus. Caffeine is found in several medications, in colas and in coffees. Tea also has some amount of caffeine. Decaf tea has about a third of the amount of caffeine that you would find in a can of diet coke.

Black decaffeinated tea should not have any adverse effect on pregnancy. Black tea forms a part of the staple diet of the Middle East and is drunk by people throughout their lives. There is no correlation between such a drink and miscarriages during pregnancy. Miscarriages can be caused by a variety of factors. Excessive caffeine may cause harm to the fetus as it causes an imbalance in the mother’s body. The various beneficial effect of a decaffeinated black tea may actually benefit a mother by improving her general health.

Submitted by P T on March 17, 2010 at 06:12

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