Try herbal tea blends with cardamom, bay leaves and cinnamon. Cardamom, related to the ginger family, is known for relieving bloating and nausea, and is one of the safest digestive stimulants. Bay leaves and cinnamon help dispel gas in the stomach. Also try drinking echinacea tea, a natural detoxifying agent, after a rich meal. Green tea and rooibos tea are loaded with powerful antioxidants that help slow down premature ageing, promote heart health and boost the immune system. Instead of decaffeinated coffee or tea, which may still contain trace amounts of caffeine, drink caffeine-free herbal teas like ginger, peppermint or camomile. In decaf teas, some polyphenols – natural antioxidant tea compounds – also get taken away during extraction. If you miss the occasional glass of red wine while pregnant, try A.muse Projects’ Noir Tea ($11 for a 10g package, available at http://amuseprojects.com). Inspired by the light, fruity flavour of pinot noir, this caffeine- and alcohol-free blend contains rooibos, as well as red raspberry leaves which work to strengthen and tone the uterus.
Yerba mate tea contains up to 75 per cent the caffeine of coffee, giving you almost the same kick but without the jitters.
Tea infusions with liquorice root, fennel seeds and cloves help relieve anxiety, calm the nerves and relax your muscles – all useful for inducing sleep. Certain herbs may react with medication, so check with your doctor rst.