I started drinking RRL tea 2 days ago. I'm 32w now. I've been a little paranoid about drinking it because the last time I did, I started to miscarry the day after. It was probably a coincidence but it still stuck with me. That was in the first trimester so I wanted to wait until much, much later to consider trying it again.
Both times that I have drank it so far I have gotten awful headaches at the base of the back of my skull and low back pain. Plus, the first time after just a few ounces I got very nauseous and had to lie down. I fell asleep for about 2 hours in the middle of the day, which I rarely can do even when I want to. What do you suppose that's all about? Any ideas?
Yeah, I have never heard of headaches, nausea or any symptoms like that from RRL. I'm not saying you didn't have a bad reaction to it, but it's not typical. As for your miscarriage, my understanding is that RRL does *not* cause contractions and certainly doesn't cause miscarriage. What it does do is make your uterus stronger and more effective, so it will only help your uterus do what it's going to do anyway, if that makes sense. So I can see it would be a bad idea for anyone at risk for PTL, because maybe your body wants to contract but you don't want to encourage it in that case. Anyway I promise you did not cause your miscarriage with RRL! Although in your case having had a bad reaction to it (if you know for sure it was the RRL) I'd definitely stay away from it.
For most women, RRL is one of the best things you can take in pregnancy, not just as a uterine tonic, but also to balance your hormones and add extra iron and lots of good nutrients into your diet. If it caused PTL or anything like that, I'd be in trouble because I've been drinking it since the first trimester! And I notice my energy level drops on the days when I don't.