The mineral profile of nettle makes it a nutritious supplement for many, especially women. In fact, herbalists and naturopaths around the globe almost always recommend using nettle tea for pregnancy as a tonic because it is a nutritional powerhouse.
Pregnancy itself is supposed to be a beautiful time, right?
Well, not always.
It doesn’t come without its stresses and difficulties. Dealing with some of the more challenging aspects of pregnancy can be difficult for expecting mothers, and there should always be some degree of sensitivity towards the developing fetus.
That’s why keeping a herbal pregnancy tonic around really helps. It’s gentle, easy on the developing baby and effective for the mother. While not all herbs are recommended during pregnancy, nettle is one of the herbs that gets an enormous tick of approval from most herbalists. It can help during and after the pregnancy to give mother and baby the smoothest ride.
Here is why we think you should have nettle tea for pregnancy.
Nettle helps kidneys do their job
An interesting point that they don’t teach girls in school:
Pregnant women are more vulnerable to get urine infections than non-pregnant women. The kidneys have to work extra hard during pregnancy to clean the blood supply of both the mother and the baby. The added pressure on the bladder also means that movement between the kidneys and bladder is restricted.
The result can be less constant urination and can finally lead to urine infections or kidney issue.
It’s not all rainbows and unicorns.
Keeping the kidneys healthy and function is imperative to prevent complications, and that’s why nettle is so prevalent in pregnancy tonics. It encourages the flow of urine, and where the flow from the kidneys to the bladder is compromised, nettle helps to keep things rolling.
Relieve cramping and soreness
Carrying around a growing baby in your uterus isn’t easy work! Pregnant women often experience muscle cramping, especially in their backs and legs. The weight of a growing baby in the belly can give muscles a lot of extra work to do.
A remedy that doesn’t come in the form of potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals is always welcome.
This is where nettle steps in.
High magnesium and calcium content in nettle gives it a profoundly nourishing effect on sore muscles. A lot of the time, the reason we experience physical soreness is that of a lack of dietary magnesium. When it comes to pregnancy, this is especially more pronounced, giving women an even better reason to consume nettle tea.
It is also very easy for pregnant women to become anemic. In fact, it’s even considered normal for women to become slightly anemic at some point during their pregnancy. This is because a pregnant woman must produce more blood to keep up with the growth rate of her baby.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
The increase in red blood cell production naturally requires sufficient iron in the body. It is not just that nettle is an excellent source of iron, but it contains high volumes of vitamins A, B, C, K, and carotene, which all improve iron absorption. So even if there is another source of iron being consumed (such as spinach or kale, for example), nettle creates the perfect environment in the body for iron to be absorbed well.
Keeping immunity high during pregnancy
It is increasingly important for a pregnant woman to stay healthy during her pregnancy. It is not just that her body is the home of a developing fetus. This is an undeniable fact that after the child is born, she will be the most important aspect of its growth as a human! So it’s important that she stays healthy and well, both during and after the pregnancy.
Because yes – women are that wonderful.
Vitamin C content in nettle keeps the immune system functioning at its best, keeping the mother’s body free from contaminants and cellular deterioration.
A pregnancy tonic for after birth
At the beginning of this article, we briefly mentioned that nettle continues to be the perfect herbal tea or tonic even after pregnancy. The exceptional vitamin K content of nettle makes it a styptic, which means it helps to counteract severe bleeding. It is not uncommon for women to hemorrhage after giving birth, and the consumption of nettle can assist in managing that.
For longer than the Western world has ever practiced medicine, herbalists have been treating women with nettle postpartum because it is also a galactagogue. That means it helps women to increase their supply of breast milk and continue to lactate generously.
A word of warning
While nettle is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and nutritional information, not all health specialists recommend it during pregnancy. The fact that it acts as a styptic (as we just mentioned above) means that in large doses, it could potentially induce uterine contractions and cause early labor. However, many herbalists include it in their pregnancy teas and tonics.
It is best to wait until the second and third trimester to begin using nettle, as the fetus is very delicate and fragile in the first trimester. Once the pregnancy is over, you can increase your dosage heavily to receive the benefits of nettle.
Add nettle to your pregnancy tonic in the second and third trimester. Then, enjoy it as liberally as you like for its benefits after the birth.