Yerba Mate during Pregnancy - Is this herbal tea a good choice when you're expecting?

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...

Yerba Mate & Pregnancy

Yerba mate during pregnancy... Yes or No? What are your thoughts about enjoying mate while you're expecting or breastfeeding? We'd love to hear what you think! Click here to share your comments and first-hand experience with other visitors to our site.

What are the benefits of yerba mate during pregnancy?

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...

  • Sip some yerba mate to help you sleep soundly and wake feeling refreshed and energized. During this busy time - when you have so much to prepare for and so much on your mind - it can be difficult to get as much sleep as your body and mind may need. Mate is well-known for relieving insomnia and helping you sleep deeply and peacefully right through the night. 
  • Stimulate and encourage good digestion with yerba mate. Drink some yerba mate to relieve constipation and ease the discomfort and itch of hemorrhoids. Mate supports and tones your entire digestive system, helping to keep it working as it should - and helping you feel much more comfortable! 
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  • Feeling bloated or retaining water? Yerba mate is a natural, effective way to ease the discomfort (physical and emotional!) of water retention.
  • Yerba mate is antioxidant rich! One of the many benefits of antioxidants is their ability to boost and support the immune system. A healthy immune system while you're expecting can provide extra protection against infections and illness (like colds and flu).
  • Support cardiovascular health with mate. Yerba mate is a heart-healthy drink! Not only does this brew help to lower high blood pressure and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, but it also works to keep arteries flexible and unobstructed, lowering the chance of cardiovascular disease. 
Yerba Mate during Pregnancy
  • Nourishing yerba mate is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. A healthy, varied diet including vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and beverages (such as mate) is the best way to get the nutrients you and your wee one need while you're expecting. (Be sure to check with your healthcare professional about supplementing your diet with prenatal vitamins, too.)
  • Yerba mate can also help with weight management. If you're concerned about undue weight gain during pregnancy or would like some support in losing some pregnancy weight after your lovely new baby comes into the world, including mate in your day may be a good choice for you. Studies have found that drinking this herbal tea before meals can curb overeating and snacking by helping you feel 'full' more quickly at mealtimes. And, mate increases fat oxidation, too. Learn more about Yerba Mate for Weight Management here. 
  • Yerba mate is good for mental health, too. It's natural to feel anxious or fretful at times during pregnancy. Sipping some mate is a simple, natural way to boost your mood and feel less stressed (thanks to this tea's stress-reducing vitamins B and C). Enjoy some yerba mate (delicious hot, iced, or even in a latte) to relieve anxiety, relax your body and mind, and encourage long-lasting feelings of wellbeing.

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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. 

Yerba Mate during Pregnancy... Yes or No?

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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More about Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate Benefits - If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a healthier, more beneficial herbal tea than mate! Read more about the many ways this tea can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Yerba Mate Benefits & You! - What do you think of yerba mate tea? Why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate and its health benefits with our other readers? And, see what other visitors to our site have to say about mate, as well. 

Side Effects of Yerba Mate - Mate is brimming with health and wellness benefits, but be sure to stay informed about any potential side effects of yerba mate before you add this tea to your day. 

Yerba Mate and Pregnancy - 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.

Yerba Mate during Pregnancy - Yes or No? - What are your thoughts and opinions about enjoying yerba mate while you're expecting or breastfeeding? See what other visitors to our site have to say, and why not share your own comments and experiences, too?

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss - If you've been thinking of losing a few pounds for health reasons or just to feel a bit better about yourself, here are some of the reasons yerba mate for weight loss might be a good choice for you.

Yerba Mate Recipes - Whether you'd like to learn more about making yerba mate the 'traditional' way, are interested in trying iced mate, or are craving a steamy yerba mate latte, you'll find a recipe here.

What is Yerba Mate? - Get to know the South American Ilex paraguariensis shrub and the flavorful herbal tea made from its dried leaves. 


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