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post #1761 of 2269
I TRIED to drink my MW's recipe for "pregnancy tea" with my DD and it was the only thing that made me queasy! But, I had a terrible birth and am determined to choke it down with this pregnancy. I called my MW for the recipe and ordered a separate batch of RRL. I'm gonna do it this time!!
post #1762 of 2269
well count me in!!!! i am going to be ordering some ASAP...due may 24th or so...i've been experiencing lots of spotting and i'm hoping this will help clear it up. the doctors say the baby is fine and that i just have to live with this for now but i am really hopeful the RRL tea will help!
post #1763 of 2269
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Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth View Post
I TRIED to drink my MW's recipe for "pregnancy tea" with my DD and it was the only thing that made me queasy! But, I had a terrible birth and am determined to choke it down with this pregnancy. I called my MW for the recipe and ordered a separate batch of RRL. I'm gonna do it this time!!
Have you tried drinking it with something else like spearmint? Prior to this pregnancy(my last pregnany) i was drinking it everyday with nettle, alfalfa, and spearmint and it was pretty good...there are lots of reciepts in the pages back if you have the time
post #1764 of 2269
I'd like to buy some tea - I don't want to make it myself. Suggestions???
post #1765 of 2269
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Originally Posted by DanielleT View Post
Have you tried drinking it with something else like spearmint? Prior to this pregnancy(my last pregnany) i was drinking it everyday with nettle, alfalfa, and spearmint and it was pretty good...there are lots of reciepts in the pages back if you have the time


That's what I tried last time with/without the spearmint and lemon verbana. I'm going to play around with different things and see what works. Otherwise I will just chug and pray
post #1766 of 2269
I'm concerned about the strong infusion during labor as a VBA2C (overstimulation). Have any VBAC mamas done this without problems? I'm been through a few pages of this thread, but it will take awhile to get through it all, so I apologize if this has been addressed.
post #1767 of 2269
Anyone know how much calcium is in a cup of tea (made with 1t. of RRL)?
post #1768 of 2269
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Originally Posted by Family4Christ View Post
I'm concerned about the strong infusion during labor as a VBA2C (overstimulation). Have any VBAC mamas done this without problems? I'm been through a few pages of this thread, but it will take awhile to get through it all, so I apologize if this has been addressed.
Thank you for this question. I am having a VBAC (my second was a cesarean) and where I deliver stressed that induction is not safe for VBAC but I am wondering if this only applies to chemical induction.

If no one answers I am going to ask my midwife this question when I see her later this month.
post #1769 of 2269
I don't recall RRLT causing concerns for VBAC labors. RRL isn't going to induce labor. If anything it makes the uterus stronger which is probably a plus. I had a VBAC on RRLT and also my HBAC (2VBAC) attempt, and I'm drinking it with my upcoming birth which will be a 3rd c/s.
post #1770 of 2269
Can someone tell me where I can buy this? Or does it have to be ordered online?
post #1771 of 2269
You should be able to get it at most places that have medicinal herbal teas and/or bulk medicinal herbals. You can also get it lots of places online.

iherb.com has it and has a first time buyer code of TIL714 will get you $5 off.
post #1772 of 2269
i'm at 36 weeks. i've tried drinking RRL tea a few times and each time it gave me a bad stomach ache. any thoughts?
post #1773 of 2269
I use traditional medicinals organic pregnancy tea - it is a great blend no need for sweeteners... has RRL in it.
post #1774 of 2269
So glad to find this thread this morning! My daughter and I just made a huge batch of Nourishing Tea. I need to order more RRL.
post #1775 of 2269
~My testimonial:~

I gave birth nearly 2 weeks ago.
This was my second birth. My first birth experience went for 12 hours, it was a LONG day.
This labor however was no more than 60 minutes, it wasn't until the last 30 minutes it was actually difficult, the pushing stage lasting around 6 minutes.
This pregnancy I drank very strong, and a lot of RRL tea in the last trimester, everday without fail.
I wanted a fast birth and I got one!
I drank 5+ cups a day, very strong brews each time, letting it brew for 10 mins-2 hours (depending on the time I had).

I truly believed it made a difference, AND psychologially, I also believe, it became a ritual, like an affirmation for a fast birth- I BELIEVED that RRL would do this so psychologically I had support for a fast birth.

I also noticed that drinking RRL tea everyday caused long prodromal (lots of practise contractions, BH & menstral-like cramps for a month) it truly toned my uterus for labor effectively.

It works!
post #1776 of 2269
Hi Ladies!
I am so excited to have found this thread. I am almost 33 weeks and I had read the RRL story in a Natural Remedies book I picked up at a swap meet back before being pregnant - decided that I would try it and then promptly lost the book :-(

I knew it was a kind of tea I was supposed to drink but wasnt sure which kind. Anyway, I have been drinking the tea now for about 10 days. I am alternating TM Pregnancy Tea and RRL Tea, about 3 cups of tea a day. I am taking it slow because I havent been drinking the tea the entire pregnancy so I want to ease into it - PLUS (like some other ladies have mentioned) I have been having some mild crampy like feelings and contractions too after I drink the tea. I guess that's a good thing, cuz it's preparing my uterus, but it also makes me a little nervous. I dont want to go into pre-term labor.

I had read that it's a good idea to add nettles to the tea for the vitamin K during the last trimester. Can I buy both loose RRLT and Nettles at the local HFS? And what is the ratio to the combination of the two? Something like 2/3 RRL and 1/3 Nettles??
I have been playing it safe and just using the TM, since the Pregnancy Tea already has Nettles in it. But it IS expensive and I wonder it contains enough Nettles to boost my vitamin K. I am trying to forgo giving the baby the Vit K shot in the hospital.

I am glad to hear that there are others who are using the RRL tea and attempting a VBAC. Everything I have read says that the tea will not bring on labor, but will help make it easier and shorter. So I'm hopeful that's the case for me too. So far this baby is measuring BIG (like 3 weeks bigger than gestation). So I'm also a little nervous about the labor and possible rupture if he gets too big (I am only 5'2" and small build). However, my Dr has been pretty optimistic so far that everything is looking good and if I can tone my uterus using this tea and some of my other exercises (kegels, squats, etc), there shouldn't be much to worry about.

Would love to hear more about any successful VBAC stories with big babies using RRL tea. I have perused some of the pages but I dont have time to go through all 60

Thanks for your help! I will keep posting as I get closer to EDD and will continue to reading.

thanks!
Margo
post #1777 of 2269
Quote:
Originally Posted by WithoutWax View Post
~My testimonial:~

I gave birth nearly 2 weeks ago.
This was my second birth. My first birth experience went for 12 hours, it was a LONG day.
This labor however was no more than 60 minutes, it wasn't until the last 30 minutes it was actually difficult, the pushing stage lasting around 6 minutes.
This pregnancy I drank very strong, and a lot of RRL tea in the last trimester, everday without fail.
I wanted a fast birth and I got one!
I drank 5+ cups a day, very strong brews each time, letting it brew for 10 mins-2 hours (depending on the time I had).

I truly believed it made a difference, AND psychologially, I also believe, it became a ritual, like an affirmation for a fast birth- I BELIEVED that RRL would do this so psychologically I had support for a fast birth.

I also noticed that drinking RRL tea everyday caused long prodromal (lots of practise contractions, BH & menstral-like cramps for a month) it truly toned my uterus for labor effectively.

It works!
This is wonderful! I'm currently in 2nd tri and am doing red ras with oatstraw and nettles daily. Once I get into my 3rd I'm going to do more red ras like you did! Was anything else different in your 2nd pregnancy as far as diet goes? OR was the red ras the only thing that was different???
post #1778 of 2269
subbing...

i started my RRL regimine today at 17 weeks.
post #1779 of 2269
Had my first cup of three for the day at 30 weeks. I wish I would have started sooner or known to start sooner but better late than never.

With my second I just took the RRLT at the very end after I was already late and not in concentrated doses. My labor did go from 24 hours with my first to 12 with that second but who knows.

I figure I am going to take 3 normal cups a day and then bump it up when I hit 38 weeks.
post #1780 of 2269
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.
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