Here's a link to my RRL tea birth story: http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1273540
. During the 2nd trimester I began drinking about 2 quarts of water to 1/2 oz. RRL (steeped 20 minutes)... on average every 1-2 days, I wasn't strict. Later in the 3rd trimester I began drinking 1 quart water to 1/2 oz. RRL (steeped 20 minutes), every couple of days, again not super strict. I drank the strong infusion on the 7th and my baby was born early a.m. on the 8th. This labor was way more comfortable than my first labor. (During that pregnancy I drank a bagged "pregnancy tea" containing RRL, about one bag a day during 3rd trimester, 3 bags the day I went into labor.)1. RRL signifcantly minimizes postpartum pleeding after birth. Some women reported only have spotting!
My bleeding has been lighter than after my first birth (required methergine), but still pretty heavy and I have bright red blood at 2 weeks pp. I haven't been very good about drinking the RRL since birth though.2. RRL can increase Braxton Hicks contractions or decrease them, each woman is different in how she responds
I had more BH with this pregnancy, but they felt "better" any time I drank the tea. My "real" contractions were very much like the BH.3. RRL usually decreases total labor time in the 1st stage, each woman is differen but some women reporting there birth being only minutes to a few hours long
My RRL tea birth was either WAY LONGER (an entire day of painless BH-esque contractions prior to water breaking) or 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter. Going with the shorter time, second birth = 3 hr 45 minutes, first birth = 6 hours.4. RRL usually decreases the 2nd stage of labor from transition to pushing is reported to be very fast, again, each woman is different. The uterus is reported to be very strong almostpushing the baby out on its own sometimes
There was really no break between the nausea of transition and then spontaneously pushing. I birthed my baby in a hospital bathroom
Entire second stage was only a few pushes, previous birth second stage was 20 minutes but part of that was "blowing through" contractions.5. RRL is reported to alot of times make the contractions so you cant feel them as much until you are significantly dilated and further along in labor.
Definitely true. They felt like "pressure" at most until some point in transition.6. It has been said that the uterus has gone down quickly after birth and the placenta has delivered quickly
My placenta delivered in less than 30 minutes, but it also did with my non RRL birth. I don't think that my uterus has gone down particularly quickly.