As is common knowledge, in South America, mostly in the Rio de la Plata, it is customary to drink mate, an infusion made of yerba mate preparation and characteristics which vary from country to country and even from person to person.
This drink is characterized by having a stimulating effect similar to coffee (and containing the same active ingredient), and the attention of those who inhabit the countries where tea is almost unknown.
So far there was no contraindication "serious" this infusion, and there was only the recommendation to avoid for those nervous, anxious or insomnia or digestive problems.
However, a study by Pereira Rossell Hospital in Uruguay (one of the most consumers of mate) indicates that drinking mate during lactation may reduce the normal height and weight of the baby. The results of this study show that babies of mothers taking 300mg of caffeine (included on the mate) per day are smaller than other babies.
This study indicates, then, that the mate (and caffeine in general) prevents the fetus to reach its full potential. While the difference between the baby of a mother consuming mate and a mother who frequently consume this tea is just a few grams and centimeters, this difference may be important in cases of impaired fetal growth.
The background of this study are further related to the effects of caffeine on pregnancy were conducted in Holland and England, but as these did not include the mate as specific substance, Uruguay decided to conduct this research.
Will not be easy to abandon this practice River Plate pregnant for 9 months, but to avoid risks and difficulties in the development of your baby, you should make every effort to consume the least possible amount of pale green.
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