Three Tulsi’s Tea Journey Through Pregnancy – and Beyond
Nine months ago, I gave birth to the most beautiful little boy – our second. He was so fragile and helpless, so tiny and vulnerable. Now, as I write this, he’s crawling around the living room floor, trying to knock absolutely everything over and stuff it in his aching toothless mouth.
It’s been quite the journey getting to this point – and part of that journey was ‘tea’. When I became pregnant, I discovered a whole world of tea, herbal and fruit infusions was now off limits. For instance, I tried drinking a fennel blend to deal with terrible bloating pains in the first trimester. It worked – but I wound up in hospital that evening for bleeding. It thankfully turned out to be a false alarm. However, I learned that fennel is in the parsley family and, as such, has a centuries-old history of being used as a natural abortive. It’s entirely possible that the fennel was not responsible for my bleeding, but it left me paranoid and I wound up avoiding both parsley and fennel for the duration of my pregnancy.