Friday, November 4, 2011

Fertility Foods: Green Tea

Change this month: drinking green tea every morning. 

I have always liked green tea, and when I read that it is good for TTC because it helps create more cervical mucus, I made sure sure to drink a lot of it.

My favorite: Starbucks Iced Venti Unsweetened Green Tea.  It's a little minty and very delicious.  And only 100 calories!

Yes, the picture is a grande, but you get what I mean : )

But somewhere along the TTC way, I became more and more addicted to my morning coffee.  I'm a lightweight with caffeine.  I pretty much feel hungover after one coffee, but I love how it tastes!!  Because of this I didn't have the ability to handle both coffee and tea in one day.

But this month, I'm back to the good old fashioned hot green tea.  Currently I'm drinking Stash.

I have an electric kettle and my favorite mug in my classroom, so there's no excuse to forget.

I can't say for sure it's the tea, but I definitely have a lot of CM this month. (Yes I felt a little weird writing that, so I abbreviated this time.)  I'm on CD14...about 6-8 before my average O...and my CM is abundant and the cloudy, lotiony type.  Hopefully I'll be seeing some egg-white soon!

Has green tea worked for you?


  1. I agree - I started drinking green tea, well, committed to doing it for TTC, last month and I can definitely see an increase. I didn't have much at all before from being on BCP I'm sure. I've never had the Starbucks one, I'll have to try it - I like the lipton ones, right now I'm having the mixed berry. YUM!

  2. I've been drinking green tea, too, but haven't noticed an increase yet. Just make sure to limit your intake because too much can block your absorption of folic acid!

  3. @Hopeful - Interesting! Do you know how much is too much? (I'm sure I'm fine at my 1-2 cups a day right now, but I'd love to know.)

  4. This is what I found:

    "Women are advised to take supplements of folic acid when trying to conceive and during the first trimester (the first 3 months) of pregnancy because it is during this time period that the baby's neural tube is developing. Folic acid helps ensure normal development and protects against spina bifida by enabling the production of the enzyme DHFR.

    While a cup or two of green tea is unlikely to pose a problem, drinking large amounts of green tea could decrease the activity of DHFR, increasing risk of neural tube defects."

    So it doesn't actually block absorption, but minimizes folic acid's effectiveness. Either way, you're fine at 1-2 cups!