Is it safe to consume matcha during pregnancy?

 

The answer is YES, but as with all caffeinated drinks and food, you need to be mindful and be careful not to go overboard. 


 

The general recommendation for pregnant women is not to consume more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. One cup of Matcha has about 70 mg of caffeine and a cup of coffee has about 150 mg of caffeine. We need to understand that the caffeine in coffee (that is acid for your stomach)  and matcha caffeine (that is alkaline) are not the same. 


 

Furthermore, as we have pointed out, the Matcha caffeine is uniquely different in that the amino acid L-Theanine, works in synergy with the caffeine. Theanine benefits not only the functioning of the brain but how the body distributes and absorbs matcha's alkaline caffeine.


Matcha has many benefits, some of which are:


 

It is rich in proteins, vitamin C, and B (1,2,6) and very high in folate – all of which are very important for your growing baby. It also contains a specific amino acid called L- theanine which has been known to enhance alertness without feeling “jittery” like when you drink coffee. L- theanine has been successfully used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety.


 

Another important and abundant polyphenol called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) has been shown to improve the outcome of both mother and newborn when the mother has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. 


 

What you need to consider: Pay attention to where your Matcha is grown, since you are consuming the whole leaf, it could contain a considerable amount of lead. Therefore, always make sure you are buying Organic high quality Matcha, non GMO and pesticide free. 


We wish all of you a healthy and happy motherhood!