Is yerba mate during pregnancy a safe, healthy choice for moms-to-be?
Yerba mate supports and encourages good physical and mental health in so many ways! But what about yerba mate when you're expecting?
In many parts of South America, mate is widely and regularly consumed by much of the population - including women who are pregnant.
Because pregnancy is such a special, unique time for the mom and for her unborn baby, too, it's important to keep close tabs on the foods and beverages you include in your diet during your pregnancy months. (Your trusted healthcare provider can help you make the best decisions about your pregnancy diet.)
If you're a parent-to-be and you've been wondering about yerba mate during pregnancy, here are a few things to keep in mind...
Nourishing, satisfying, and comforting, yerba mate can provide expecting moms (and expecting dads, too!) with many health benefits during pregnancy. Let's look at some of the reasons this tea may be a good and helpful choice during this time in your life...
There's more yet... Keep reading about yerba mate and pregnancy here.
Mate is a nourishing, delicious herbal tea that is beneficial for health and wellness in so many ways!
However, if you're a yerba mate drinker and are expecting a baby or trying to fall pregnant, please do pay a visit to your healthcare provider to have a chat about yerba mate (and any other teas and herbal tisanes that are a regular part of your diet). And, drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages to learn more about some potential concerns associated with drinking mate.
What are your thoughts and opinions about including yerba mate in your diet while you're expecting a little one or breastfeeding your new baby? We'd love to hear what you think!
Have you or would you drink yerba mate when you're pregnant or breastfeeding? Why or why not? Or, do you have a friend or family member who enjoyed mate through her pregnancy?
Please share your comments and first-hand experience with our other readers... Your opinion will be so helpful to other visitors to our site, especially parents and parents-to-be who are wondering about yerba mate during pregnancy.
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