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Pregnancy tea!

post #1 of 23
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I wanted to jump in and start a thread on this. I am currently drinking Pregnancy Tea blend from Traditional Medicinals. It's pretty tasty! I did decided to wait till the 2nd trimester just in case, though I'm sure it'll do more good then bad!

 

I've read this tea helps with morning sickness!!! I thought I'd mention that since I know some of you ladies are suffering. I think I'll drink some of this 1st thing and see if it helps with being able to eat breakfast!

 

What are you drinking? Have you seen the red raspberry leaf thread about drinking it everyday in pregnancy then when labor starts, drinking a super strong brew in order to help with labor? Some of those stories I've read sound amazing! I just wish it tasted better...

post #2 of 23

I need to start drinking herbal teas. I want to drink both nettle and raspberry, but with the raspberry I was going to wait until the leaves were out because I'm cheap. You could try mixing raspberry leaf with peppermint and then have it chilled; that might improve the taste. I remember not being a fan of it last time, but having it chilled made it a bit easier to drink.

I doubt I'll be able to get the tea you mention here, but I'll keep a look out for UK versions.

post #3 of 23

i keep reading different things about red raspberry tea...

when is the optimal time to start drinking it?

(2nd or 3rd trimester? or throughout both?)

post #4 of 23
I picked up a pregnancy tea blend from the local herb store. It really doesn't have much of a distinct flavor, just herby.

My midwife didn't seem strongly for or against RRL tea. My friend who had her baby last year drank the pregnancy blend all throughout her 2nd and 3rd trimester. Since I'm a big tea drinker I figured I could drink some of this instead of my regular flavors.

tillymonster, now you've got me curious. I've seen the thread but can't bring myself to start reading all 100+ pages of it.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 

Yeah, that tread is crazy long!

 

Nettlesoup--- I didn't realize you weren't in the US. You're in the UK? Oh soooooo jealous. My mom and dad briefly lived in Sussex and had my brother there. I wish they'd have stayed because I hear such great stories about when they were there. I love anything Brittish right now... totally obsessed with Downton Abbey and Dr. Who just for starters! 

 

I thought I might have had some cramping last night after I drank a cup. Hrmm... 

post #6 of 23

Hehe, you wouldn't be saying that if you lived here in Scotland! The weather sucks! But I suppose we do have ancient castles and amazing countryside, it's just a pity the bad weather ruins it! And British dramas are the best; you should watch Being Human, although it did recently end much to my distress. I still need to watch Downton Abbey as it's the sort of thing I'd love.

post #7 of 23

tillymonster - I purchased a pregnancy tea blend and have only had it once. I normally enjoy teas of all kinds, but just haven't been into drinking anything but water or a little orange juice in the morning (other than my chocolate milk cravings which I gave into a couple of weeks ago). I also bought just a nettle tea and a RRL which I plan to alternate weekly in the 3rd trimester.

 

nettlesoup - I know this isn't a thread about tv shows but I too have got to get into this Downton Abbey that everyone keeps mentioning, I really enjoy period pieces! And, I'll have to check out that Being Human you mentioned. Did you ever watch Hamish MacBeth or All Creatures Great and Small? Oh and anyone into the Up series?

post #8 of 23
I watched both Hamish MacBeth and All Creatures Great And Small when I was young; they are my childhood memories of Sunday evening, those along with The Antiques Roadshow.
post #9 of 23

nettle - I too watched All Creatures Great & Small as a child/kid but found Hamish Macbeth as an adult (DH turned me onto it), watched the whole series and was so sad when I realized they only did 3 seasons... 

post #10 of 23

i tried to read that crazy thread & got through a couple of pages. 

so from my understanding starting in the 2nd trimester it is beneficial to start

drinking a glass/mug of raspberry leaf tea a day...then up it to 2-3 glasses in the 3rd trimester (to tone the uterus, as well as for nutritional benefits)

and when in labour drink a super strong brewed huge jar of it (as hot as possible) to speed up & help with labour.

 

i actually found a box of organic wild crafted loose raspberry leaf tea (earth tea brand) at a tea specialty store as well as saw it at planet organic (for the canuks on board).

BUT i am still having weird tea aversions & have not started drinking it yet.

 

i also have earth mama/angel baby organic morning mama tea & peaceful mama tea (both of which have red raspberry leaf in the ingredients).

they are tasty & i was successfully drinking them up to a couple of weeks ago when i totally became grossed out by all tea.

 

i think i am going to give the loose raspberry leaf tea a whirl later & see if i can drink it ...from what i have read it tastes pretty vile my itself?

post #11 of 23
I drank red raspberry leaf tea with nettles and alfalfa my last pregnancy-the pushing stage of labor was much, much easier than any of my previous 3 births, and he was my largest baby by almost a pound.

I've been drinking just straight RRL tea for a week or two so far this time, because I haven't picked up any nettles or alfalfa yet. My local health food store sells all 3 in bulk, and it's super affordable.

I make a whole pitcher at a time and throw in a little stevia and xylitol to sweeten it up, then drink it over ice all day.

When I add in the nettles and alfalfa I usually do a 3:1:1 ratio of RRL, nettles and alfalfa. Yummy stuff!
post #12 of 23
My ex husband even liked the tea. When he was here one night to see the kids he saw the pitcher and got all excited and asked if it was the pregnancy tea; then he had a whole big glass himself.
post #13 of 23
IIRC correctly, the only concern with RRL tea was that it can encourage contractions pre-term. I don't know if it's true but I think I would back off on the RRL if you start having braxton hicks or anything like that. Last pregnancy I drank it in the third trimester and made a blend of RRL, nettle and alfalfa and mixed in a bit of peppermint. it didn't really need the peppermint but I love the taste so I added it anyways smile.gif I made huge batches of it and then put them in the fridge during the summer and had iced tea a few times a day smile.gif
post #14 of 23
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i think i am going to give the loose raspberry leaf tea a whirl later & see if i can drink it ...from what i have read it tastes pretty vile my itself?

Not vile - just very "green" and herby. It's not bad as such, but it's not a flavor I would look forward to every single day, which is why I'm search for a mixture that tastes nice.

post #15 of 23
I'm drinking RRL and nettles separate. Started at 14 weeks. I like nettles warm and RRL iced. I actually love the taste of RRL. It tastes very similar to regular iced black tea to me. For those who don't like it how are your brewing it? My midwife suggest 1 tablespoon per cup of hot water steeped for 20mins. Perfect.

I started drinking RRL in the 2nd trimester with my DD and drank it throughout the 2nd and 3rd trimester everyday. Near the end I drank as much as I wanted iced. My birth was 4 hours start to finish. I also started birth herbs at 38 weeks so that may have added to the quick labor. I recovered quickly and my uterus shrank quickly after birth. I continued to drink it postpartum.

I buy it in bulk from Mountainroseherbs.com because the tea bags of traditional medicinal was getting expensive.
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Swissmiss-- that's the kind of thing I wanted to learn more about. What kind of herbs did you use? I had a pretty fast labor with DD but never went into labor on my own-- my waters broke with zero contractions and the hospital made me induce. I think I'll try it iced and buy in bulk. I love mountain rose herbs!!!

I know it's off topic but if you liked Downton Abbey you've got to check out The Forsyte Saga. It's so great I put the main characters' name, Jolyon, on my baby names list! It's like Julien but with a Joy sound. I love it! Being Human is GREAT! I need to finish season one. Maybe I'll move onto that next. Currently watching "The Grand". Will check out those other titles.

And Nettle-- I love overcast gloomy weather. I live in Southern California so figure that out! Hate the heat here, I'd trade for castles and scenic beauty like that... I'm second generation Scottish Manx and my maiden name is Caley, which is pretty common I've heard. Apparently I have family over on the Isle of Man. smile.gif
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by SuzieSmiles View Post

nettlesoup - I know this isn't a thread about tv shows but I too have got to get into this Downton Abbey that everyone keeps mentioning, I really enjoy period pieces! And, I'll have to check out that Being Human you mentioned. Did you ever watch Hamish MacBeth or All Creatures Great and Small? Oh and anyone into the Up series?

I know off topic again but I had to mention... watching All Creatures Great and Small, sounds great! And WOW this Up series sounds so interesting! I googled it. I hope Netflix offers it, I don't see it as of yet...

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by tillymonster View Post
Swissmiss-- that's the kind of thing I wanted to learn more about. What kind of herbs did you use? 

I know it's off topic but if you liked Downton Abbey you've got to check out The Forsyte Saga. It's so great I put the main characters' name, Jolyon, on my baby names list! It's like Julien but with a Joy sound. I love it! Being Human is GREAT! I need to finish season one. Maybe I'll move onto that next. Currently watching "The Grand". Will check out those other titles.
I know off topic again but I had to mention... watching All Creatures Great and Small, sounds great! And WOW this Up series sounds so interesting! I googled it. I hope Netflix offers it, I don't see it as of yet...
And Nettle-- I love overcast gloomy weather. I live in Southern California so figure that out! Hate the heat here, I'd trade for castles and scenic beauty like that... I'm second generation Scottish Manx and my maiden name is Caley, which is pretty common I've heard. Apparently I have family over on the Isle of Man. smile.gif

tillymonster - ditto about the herb thing... I truly believe in the power of herbs and have several herbal books from wise women: Juliette de Baircli Levy, Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, etc...I always seem to be asking my midwives, should I take this or what do you think about this and they are always like, "yes, that's great, take that", etc... but never seem to recommend anything without my prodding them and one of them is an herbalist, so I've found it kind of odd. I really want to take advantage of any natural, herbal supplementations/ recommendations during pregnancy and will ask again at my appointment next week about anything else they can suggest to assist with a healthy pregnancy, growing baby, birth, etc... 

 

I'm off-topic here too but had to comment anyway:) All Creatures Great & Small was such a great show, there used to be so many 'feel good' shows on and these days there seems to be an overabundance of negative/rude, aggressive/violent, superficial/fake, obnoxious/brain dead programming on that it is just depressing to me sometimes. Sorry, end rant... I've got to check out these shows you guys are mentioning, I've been watching way too much tv since being pregnant and too tired to do much else, I need some good suggestions... And, tilly - the Up series is awesome, absolutely loved it, couldn't get enough and it was available on Netflix a few years ago, so hopefully it still is! 

 

And, tilly - have to mention (I lived in SoCal-LA area on & off for a few years and the smog seemed to take away from the benefit of the sunshine sometimes - so I feel ya) I too enjoy the occasional overcast, gloomy weather but it would be much more enjoyable with some scenic beauty as you mentioned and of course castles (I love castles). I'm first generation American (mom is full English, dad is 1/2 English & 1/2 Scot = MacIntosh on his mothers side), so I guess I have a deep rooted love of these things as well. Although, I do love my sunshine and definitely couldn't live with gloomy weather year round.

 

OK, sorry about my rambling off-topic! Back on topic - would love to hear from anyone else about their experience with pregnancy tea:)

post #19 of 23
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Not vile - just very "green" and herby. It's not bad as such, but it's not a flavor I would look forward to every single day, which is why I'm search for a mixture that tastes nice.

chispita: you are absolutely right about RRL not being vile...lol!!! i drank some yesterday & totally loved it!i actually really like it plain. i plan to incorporate a mug into my breakfast routine.

 

nettle: i lived in so-cal for many years as well & i hated the smog & perpetual sunshine...i need seasonal changes and rain (this being said i am not too happy with living in the arctic right now (snow is lovely for a day or so but i despise -40 C/F temperatures).

i am am totallypining for oregon (the pacific northwest is by far my favourite climate).

post #20 of 23
http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/mobile/product/Detail.aspx?sku=1120

It's called 5 W herbs for labor prep. My midwife had me order them and take them to prepare my body so I didn't go "over due" too long. I was only 4 days past my due date but labor was very fast. Contractions started quickly and close together and then my water broke and the labor progressed even quicker after that.
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