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post #101 of 2269
Quote:
Originally Posted by mollyeilis
"discussed with your midwife or an herbalist who is knowledgeable about pregnancy."

If you can find one of those that I can trust, lemme know. (horribly, horribly let down in labor by midwife who pretended to know about herbs)
Get The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm, if you don't already have it. She is a midwife and herbalist, and her suggestions are very practical.

I'm currently ttc, and while I do drink rrl/nettle/peppermint infusion once in awhile, I don't drink it everyday. I get my herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs, and they are the FRESHEST I have ever bought! I'll never go back to buying pre-packaged herbal tea. They are also cheap...I think I bought a pound of rr leaf for $8. Something to think about if you're drinking it often. I like to add some mint (peppermint or spearmint) to my tea, or, if I'm feeling lemony, some lemongrass or lemonbalm. Both ways are delicious!
post #102 of 2269
OK, so for the past week an a half or so I've been having a cup of RRL tea every day, and at some point I started having a cup of Pregnancy tea as well. Before I started with this, I had just started having indigestion at night, maybe for a couple of weeks. I just realized that I haven't been having indigestion lately! I'm wondering if the RRL has been strengthening my esophagus muscles as well as my uterus? Has anyone else experienced this?

I have to say, I'm LOVIN' this tea... I've been making the Pregnancy tea go a little farther by steeping it (1 bag) in a 24 oz Ball jar, mmm! Watered down a little (though I don't notice it in the flavor), but we can always use more water!!
post #103 of 2269

Can't drink it, anyone want it?

Hi! Is it ok to post this here not on trading post? This seems the most relevant place to put it but I apologize if this isn't the right place to put it. I bought 5 lbs RRL loose tea from Mountain Rose Herbs (I had NO idea how much 5 lbs would be) - meanwhile I also bought some Traditional Medicinals teabags to try it out. It turns out that RRL makes me horribly sick - nasty reflux and I just can't drink it. Would anyone like it? I paid around $20 for it, its a 5 lb bag that has never been opened, and I got it about 2 weeks ago. Its still in the original bag & box. I hate for it to go to waste. PM me - and I can ship it this weekend.

Blech - totally disappointed - I can't get it down at all, so someone else might as well use it. Even the smell in my back room makes me sick going in there.
post #104 of 2269
I tried to find but couldn't - anyone know how much 1 oz measures? I tried to weigh some, but my kitchen scale never budged. I'm guessing it's quite a bit.
post #105 of 2269
When I had it measured out at the herb shop it's about 1 tea box full of loose tea. That's just how it looks to me though. It will be a very strong brew.
post #106 of 2269
I've been drinking RRL/Nettle infusion since I found out I was pregnant. I am currently 6 weeks and have read and been told that it is excellent to drink as a nourishment tea. I mix appoximately 3tb each of the rrl/nettle and add just a wee bit of red clover (maybe 3 or 4 blossoms) to a quart of water. Let steep for 30 minutes and drink throughout the day. My DH bought me a French Coffee press (and an electric kettle) for my tea concoctions and it works great and is exactly 1 quart. I just ordered some peppermint leaves as the flavor is tolerable and I think it would be more enjoyable with the mint flavor.
post #107 of 2269
Bump.

I was wondering if anyone was still doing this? I haven't been able to take any RRL tea until this week (my son was born at 29 weeks and RRL is contraindicated), but I started drinking it this week (37 weeks). How much/day should I drink? I've read 2-3 cups a day and then the one ounce/one pint of water in labour. Is this correct?

Thanks!
post #108 of 2269
I drank RRL throughout out TTC - have stopped for now, will resume April 20, when my first trimester ends.

Not only do I think RRL is the best , I love the way it tastes! Reminds me of steamed artichokes, for some reason.

Anyway. I'll drink it 1x day for 2nd and 3rd trimester, then I'll do the labor infusion when the time comes!
post #109 of 2269
Is there anyway to drink too much? I'm in my third trimester and drink tons (like a quart) a day (oh, I guess I should also say I use about a overflowing 1/2cup scoop of "fluffy" RRLs - brewed for several hours)....
I don't feel any braxton hicks contractions (but I don't think I had any with my other two pregnancies either)...
Any experts know -- can RRL be over done in the third trimester? I think it would just really tone the uterus, but can't MAKE it super strong leading to a TOO fast labor, right?
Input?
post #110 of 2269

relaxed uterus

I had an interesting effect from RRL tea (or maybe just a coincidence- who knows?!)

I was 32 weeks and having contractions. They were 10 minutes apart for an hour, then 6 minutes apart for the next hour. I was really starting to get worried.

I had a glass of hot, strong, RRL tea, and the next hour they were 15 minutes apart. I was able to go to sleep and sleep through the night.

Phew- I was close to going to the hospital!
post #111 of 2269
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Originally Posted by nmm2112
Is there anyway to drink too much? I'm in my third trimester and drink tons (like a quart) a day (oh, I guess I should also say I use about a overflowing 1/2cup scoop of "fluffy" RRLs - brewed for several hours)....
I don't feel any braxton hicks contractions (but I don't think I had any with my other two pregnancies either)...
Any experts know -- can RRL be over done in the third trimester? I think it would just really tone the uterus, but can't MAKE it super strong leading to a TOO fast labor, right?
Input?
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post #112 of 2269
Quote:
Originally Posted by nmm2112
Is there anyway to drink too much?
I am sooo way not an expert, but my "backup" midwife (the 2 mws trade off who is primary and who is backup) said to do this:

Put a handful of RRL in a quart jar
Fill with boiling water and cap
Steep 4-8 hours
Drink 1 cup per day

Any more she said would be overdoing it and cause too fast a labor. I didn't get a chance to ask her why too fast was undesirable, but I'm guessing rushing something like this could set you up for possible tricky spots.

I was drinking TM's RRL tea and making it according to the box directions. She said a tea wasn't very useful that I needed to make an infusion (essentially a very strong tea for the newbies like me) as directed above.

Just one more opinion to throw into the mix!
post #113 of 2269
I guess I'm jumping in kind of late, but I'd like to join this tribe, too. I've never even tried RRL before. Baby #2 is 11 weeks along so I'm going to start with 2 cups for 2 trimester.

Well, we'll see how this goes.

Hi to all!

~Nay
post #114 of 2269
I used rrl tea during my 1st 2 pregnancies....my labore were very fast. 3 hours for each. Mt 3rd labor for some reason I wasnt drinking the tea and my labor was 6 hours long, and he was a month early and my smallest baby. Coincidence I think not.

Drink up!

Jackie
post #115 of 2269
Okay...

I didn't have so much as a sip of RRL tea with my first pregnancy. After my water broke I spent 3.5 hours in labor, and pushed him out in 30 mins. That's what they call "precipitous labor" LOL. Is there a good chance that drinking RRL will make this labor happen even faster?

~Nay
post #116 of 2269
I'd also like to just jump in to this tribe!! I have always drank rrl through pregnancy and labor although sometimes in labor I couldn't (I get nausies when I'm far along and that usually happens fast) my m/w usually recomends a combination of rrl/nettles/oatsraw with chamomile or mint for taste.

My last 2 pregnancies I had very strong braxton's the last trimester and m/w said to cut down on rrl, she didn't say it was gonna bring on labor , and I probably would still get braxton's but rrl was making them stronger.
post #117 of 2269
Susun Week calls both RRL and nettle nutritional herbs, so you can't really have too much. I am hearing several of you saying that your midwives don't recommend it in case of early labor, though, so I would listen to them.

It makes sense to me that, since RRL is a uterine tonic, it would bring on Braxton-Hicks contractions.

I've been fickle about my RRL consumption, but I have enjoyed infusions of it 2-5x week during my pregnancy. With just a week to go, I am preparing for the big 1oz. doses.
post #118 of 2269
I'm 21 weeks and have been having Braxton Hicks for the last 6 weeks. They have been more frequent lately, but I think caused more by dehydration than RRL tea. My cousin (who is going with a mainstream dr) is 31 weeks and never had a BH and also tries to tell me to lay off the tea because she doesn't think BH's are supposed to happen this early.

My CNM never "told" me to drink the tea but when I asked she said that about 60% of the women in her practice drink it with good success. So I don't think that the RRL tea is harming me in any way..... But it still bothers me that mainstream doctors advise agains RRL tea.
post #119 of 2269
I guess that most dr.s do not have much knowledge about herbs and tend to be suspicious of them ,especially with preggies
both rrl and nettles are nutritive and there is a lot of easy to find info about them, although as with any food or herb etc; there is always the possibility that someone is sensitive or has allergy to.

one great way to drink rrl especially in labor (Ican't stomach hot drinks in labor) is to make a pitcher of ice tea and sweeten it a bit (you need the extra energy in labor anyway!)
rrl is also good for kid's with fever , tummy upsets,and for mom's after the birth to.
post #120 of 2269
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Originally Posted by AntoninBeGonin
I didn't have so much as a sip of RRL tea with my first pregnancy. After my water broke I spent 3.5 hours in labor, and pushed him out in 30 mins. That's what they call "precipitous labor" LOL. Is there a good chance that drinking RRL will make this labor happen even faster?
~Nay
My first labor was exactly 3.5 hrs & I didn't drink any RRL tea, my second labor was 1 hour, still no RRL tea, don't ask why but I'm drinking RRL tea with this 3rd pg - I just like it . We'll see how fast this little guy decides to come out....
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