So I am very early in my pregnancy, I have three children already and never an issue. This is my last pregnancy so we were VERY excited! I have had several positive pregnancy tests and my first appt at the doctor is June 1st.
A week ago I went into Henrys market for some prenatals and they told me "these are the best" so I started taking them Friday. By Saturday I started spotting pretty bad but I was at home and didnt make the correlation between the pills and that. Over the weekend at home it finally stopped late Saturday. I had left my vitamins at work, so about 8 AM I took another, and by 1PM I started spotting again. So I look on the bottle and it is not just vitamins, it has red rasberry leaf in it! I am SO ANGRY there are NO warnings anywhere on the bottle that this can cause spotting and possibly miscarriage.
I found one report J Nurse Midwifery. 1999 May-Jun;44(3):205-16. that showed
midwives to stimulate labor, 64% used blue cohosh, 45% used black cohosh, 63% used red raspberry leaf!!
STIMULATE LABOR so is that something I want to be using in my first trimester!???
I also found this one "Reprod Sci. 2009 Jun;16(6):605-9. Epub 2009 Mar 10.
CONCLUSIONS: Results from this study have shown for the first time that raspberry leaf use during pregnancy can have long-term consequences for the health of the offspring and raise concerns about the safety of this herbal preparation for use during pregnancy."
I am scared to death, I am angry at HENRYS and RAINBOW LIGHT for NOT giving me a warning. I can only hope that everything will be ok.
RRL IS used in labor, but NOT alone- it "focuses" contractions- it doesn't "cause" them. Used in conjunction with the cohoshes, it can help those agents work more effectively. Think of RRL as helping the uterus work more effectively. Also, when used in labor, it's used in much stronger doses than during pregnancy or what's in the Rainbow Light (I take it as well, so I know what you're referring to). My midwife (a CNM) cleared RRL from the get go- very encouraging of its use.
I hope everything turns out fine for you and your LO!