Does green tea aid pregnancy?

Green tea has many health benefits if consumed in moderation. (iStock.com pic)

Some studies say that drinking green tea may increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, others say that consuming caffeine in green tea can affect your ability to conceive.

In this article, you will find out if green tea actually helps you to get pregnant.

How much do you know about green tea?

Green tea is seen as a popular drink worldwide as it has lots of health benefits. It is derived from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant.

Only unfermented leaves are used to make green tea. Green tea contains roughly 30% to 40% polyphenols, which act as powerful antioxidants.

Besides, polyphenols are considered as catechins. Green tea has six catechin compounds, including catechin, gallaocatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Furthermore, green tea contains alkaloids, such as caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. According to scientists, green tea along with regular exercise brings lots of benefits such as losing weight, reducing the risk of heart disease, reducing the risk of cancer, smoking less and eating less fat.

Nowadays, green tea products are available as dried leaf tea, extracts made from the leaves and leaf buds, capsules, and liquid preparations.

So will green tea really help you get pregnant?

Many people claim that drinking green tea helps increase the rate of fertility.

A study from Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California in Oakland shows that people who drink more than one-half cup of green tea daily increase their ability of getting pregnant by twice that of those who do not consume it.

This is because a chemical in green tea can increase fertility in women.

On the other hand, studies prove that the caffeine in green tea can affect your conceiving ability. If you drink more than 300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily during your pregnancy you are likely to give birth to a baby that is small for its gestational age.

It seems like science isn’t helping here.

So, if you are trying to get pregnant, have difficult in conceiving or you have irregular periods, you need to see a fertility specialist for the best solutions.

You may certainly use green tea as a drink, but everything has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should drink it in moderation.

An average cup of green tea has 20mg of caffeine. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the recommended total intake of caffeine should be less than 200mg per day.

The Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.