I have been drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:
- 1 part Red Raspberry Leaf
- 1 part Nettle
- 1/2 part Alfalfa
Raspberry Leaf - According to Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year by Susan Weed, it contains fragrine, an alkaloaid, which tons the pelvic muscles and the uterus. It also contains a rich concentration of vitamin C some vitamin E, calcium and iron. Also vitamin A, B complex and many minerals. It benefits for pregnancy include: easing morning sickness, reducing pain during labor and after, helps bring down the placenta and assists in production of milk .
Nettle (which I include in the tea) includes tons of chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, D, K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulphur. The Wise Woman book suggests switching to this from Raspberry leaf in the 3rd trimester because of the large amount of Vitamin K for helping with preventing hemorrhage after birth. The book also states that it helps with leg cramps, reducing hemorrhoids and diminishing childbirth pain.
Alfalfa taken through pregnancy "will increase available vitamin K and hemoglobin in the blood" (Weed, 71).
It also is good with some honey!