Makes sense, herbsgirl!
Red Raspberry - Page 2
Like Jodie I love RRL tea and drink it when not pregnant. I did take a break during 1st trimester as I was crampy and I am not sure if it was the tea or what, but I was not crampy with my other two. With my last pregnancy I did start drinking RRL in the beginning but this time I felt like I would wait.
I'm going to start doing the infusions again I do 1oz to 1qt of water and let it sit for hours. It does get very strong. I love nettle too, I didn't used too. Sometimes I will mix them but I think I remember reading in Susan Weed's book that its good to take the herbs separately as well...so when I mix them its usually just when I'm making a cup of tea and not an infusion. I do add oatstraw to the tea as well.
I get mine from Mountain Rose herbs hoping to harvest my own nettles next time though. I'd also like to dry my own raspberry leaves I know a farmer who has a lot and does not spray the plants I'm going to talk to her about harvesting the leaves sometime.
RRL has been wonderful for me and helped me prepare my uterus for my second pregnancy. I will be drinking it with gusto pretty soon. Nettle and Oatstraw are other great accompanying herbs that are safe throughout pregnancy, and there are others that are only recommended for the last month or so......looking forward to trying these too.
babytoes, you can find some in health food stores but you can also buy it in "loose leaf" bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier as PP's mentioned and other sources too I'm sure.
I just started taking some last week. There were a couple of different brands at the health food store I bought it at but I decided on one by Traditional Medicinals. It was about $5 for a box of 16 tea bags but they are made with pharmacopaoeial grade herbs and it says "Organic Raspberry Leaf".
Edited by malzimus - 10/1/12 at 6:50pm
Yes, you can get it from amazon. I got mine from Frontier coop for 6.18 a lb. You can get the same stuff on amazon for more expensive, but they have it. Loose leaf. I thought about doing the teabags, so I ordered the Yogi. It was just a tiny tiny bit of red raspberry and all dried up in little kernels. Where as the loose leaf was fresher, fluffy. I made tea with the teabag, and with loose leaf. There was a difference! The teabag just tasted more weak or something. Im sticking with my loose leaf right now
Edited by herbsgirl - 10/2/12 at 7:28am
There is a caution for women who have preterm labor with Red Raspberry. But on the other hand, some wom(en say in the pregnancy she took Red raspberry she had no preterm labor so when she had it in previous pregnancy, so I guess each woman has to decide what is best for her based on her own research.
I take Magnesium Natural Calm powder 2-3 tsp per day and that settles down contractions! Some women take that to help ward of preterm labor too, as it relaxes the uterus. Also Herb Pharm Black Haw is good for contractions...
Thanks for all the advice ladies, and I ordered some RRL from amazon. I think it will help my uterus to be stronger once the baby is delivered, and I like the idea of aiding in postpartum healing, too. I do tend to heal pretty quickly even when I tore really bad with DS2, within a few days I was pretty much able to do most normal daily things, but I am always up for giving my body a little bit of a natural boost if I can.
I love RRL. I made it last pregnancy and made lots of ice tea throughout the summer...... I mix, RRL, nettles, peppermint and some decaf black tea. some times to change it up and add lemon peel and rosehips........ now i'm i have a winter pregnancy and I am drinking it warm with milk........
I think it worked great....i drank the 1oz infusion on the way to the hospital and I was only 2cms when I arrived and had my baby 5 hours later.
Im not sure but the RRL infusions might have relaxed my uterus more, possibly less braxton hicks? I had a Braxton hicks this morning but I couldnt hardly feel it, unless I put my hand on my stomach. Someone else made this observation too, that her uterus was having nice Braxton hicks and she couldnt feel them!!! That shows you how good RRL tones!!
Read this post...it tells how one woman experienced this...
I am drinking it before bed.
Im always researching stuff! I especially like the testemonials from people, that tells me alot!
Here is a very good testemonial, a midwife who did a study on 4 women who took 2 cups of Red Raspberry Infusion during the 3rd trimtester, then chugged a quart to a gallon during labor. They had 3-4 hour births! Its further down in the post. My 4th birth was 24 hours almost...
Her version of Infusion was 1 oz (1 cup RRL) in 1 quart water steeped 4 hours, and her dosage is 2 cups per day.
I am doing 1/8 cup rounding which would be around 2 rounding Tablespoons. I am hoping to purchase a scale soon, so I can get up to exactly 1/4 oz of RRL for my 1 cup or so of infusion.
Edited by herbsgirl - 11/19/12 at 6:31am
You know my anectodal experience says that it works.
I did not know about RRL for pregnancy with DD1 and took it a lot with DD2. With DD2, labor was shorter, but I was a 2nd time mom, so it usually is. Plus she was in a better position. (DD1 was posterior.) The main difference was the postpartum bleeding. With DD1, I bled for 7 weeks after the birth. With DD2, 2 1/2 wks, maybe! Recovered much faster, too! (i.e. back in the sack sooner...)
Edited by jodieanneanton - 10/6/12 at 5:04am
Wow. I'd never heard that RRL helps with fasting sugars. Mine aren't actually too bad. With a pump, I and my endocrinologist have managed to keep my sugars well within "normal" ranges, but anything that would let me lower the amount of insulin I'm pumping would be awesome. And I love tea! I shall have to look into this. :)
Well, I think I might be sleeping better and deeper scince starting the RRL infusion right before bed! I found an article by a midwife that says RRL helps you sleep better....