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post #1781 of 2269

Quick question!

Will it do any good to drink the strong infusion during labor if you haven't drank any during the months leading up to labor? I tried to drink it several times but it gave me mild cramps and loose stools Which is the last thing I need right now due to Hroids. Anyway, I still have an unopened bag of loose leafs and a few tea bags left.

Should I make some when my labor starts? I'm due today actually! No labor pains yet.
post #1782 of 2269
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Originally Posted by mama2u View Post
Will it do any good to drink the strong infusion during labor if you haven't drank any during the months leading up to labor? I tried to drink it several times but it gave me mild cramps and loose stools Which is the last thing I need right now due to Hroids. Anyway, I still have an unopened bag of loose leafs and a few tea bags left.

Should I make some when my labor starts? I'm due today actually! No labor pains yet.
If i were you i would start drinking; it couldn't hurt... if you have some loose stools well then that's one last thing to worry about during labor...BUT RLT won't start your labor it just makes your contractions more effective and just starting now i'm not sure how effective it will even be but i'd try...
post #1783 of 2269
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Originally Posted by DanielleT View Post
If i were you i would start drinking; it couldn't hurt... if you have some loose stools well then that's one last thing to worry about during labor...BUT RLT won't start your labor it just makes your contractions more effective and just starting now i'm not sure how effective it will even be but i'd try...
Thank You!
post #1784 of 2269

I tried to search this thread for the following info, but when I click on the links that come up, every single one gives me an error that the page is no longer available...

I'm wondering about the capsule form of RRL. Has anyone used this instead of the tea, and if so, how much and how often did you take it? I have a bottle of Nature's Way capsules and was wondering how their dose compares to the tea. The bottle states the dosage is two 480mg capsules per day.

post #1785 of 2269

Hi Ladies!

I have been reading this thread for a few days now and have got to the end!

 

I have a 2.5 year old daughter, and I am 39 + 3 pregnant today

 

I have been drinking 3 cups of RRLT since 37 weeks (would have done it earlier but forgot about it completely, a girl at my daughters play group told me her success story with it and I quickly bought some) and 4 cups since week 38.

 

I just wanted to share my first birth story with you all and I DIDNT drink the RRLT but did take some calcium mag supplements

 

My main reason for drinking the tea so faithfully, and moreover being so worried is that I had a very traumatic labour with my daughter, it was actually really suffering and not normal labour pain. I had a 3 day back labour, baby turned from ROA to posterior, I laboured at home for 48 hours (which was very painful, so bad but not out of control, as I had support and more comfort) I got exhausted and went in to be induced by an OB, they broke my water and I went from 3cm to 4cm, no pain relief just walking around. Still coping with back labour my mum was massaging my back for 2 days straight poor thing!

Then baby got stuck and I think I stayed at 4cm for another 10 hrs or so at which point I layed in bed on my back!!! (dunno what I was doing , had no idea about posterior labour or positioning) and was in so much intense agony begged for the epidural and hormone drip to speed things up) my bladder was totally full aswell and for some reason I couldnt empty it due to the posterior labour and it was making things that little bit more unbarable! They put a cathater in and the bag filled up to the brim so quickly ! After my epidural I still felt the back labour!!! but couldnt feel the hormone drip too much. My husband tells me from the hormone drip pitocin to the birth was 5 hours so once she turned I birthed her in 5 pushes, around 15 mins and I contribute this to all the calcium magnesium vitamin c supplements because I didnt even tear or graze and was up and about happy as soon as the epidural wore off and I could feel my legs!

 

I am ofcourse so determined to avoid this situation again! I am so up for a natural birth without epi and I feel I maybe can do this seeing as I spent so long labouring at home without one. Things just spiralled in hopspital to a bad nightmare situation but I think she would never have turned without the drip and I could never have birthed her posterior

 

Anyway Im now taking my tea daily and I hope I have a better story to report this time

I dunno I think I am looking for encouragement and some well wishes hehe

 

Thanks for listening

post #1786 of 2269

I had just come across the instructions I got from my midwife stating to take 12 caps per day or drink 1 quart of tea per day. 
 

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Originally Posted by LilMommaR View Post

I tried to search this thread for the following info, but when I click on the links that come up, every single one gives me an error that the page is no longer available...

I'm wondering about the capsule form of RRL. Has anyone used this instead of the tea, and if so, how much and how often did you take it? I have a bottle of Nature's Way capsules and was wondering how their dose compares to the tea. The bottle states the dosage is two 480mg capsules per day.

post #1787 of 2269

Woohoo I read the WHOLE thing!

 

Got my RRL via Frontier on Amazon.com. I'm happy with the quality/taste.

 

Making it in my French press with two heaping tablespoons per 4 cups water. Drinking 1-2 cups per day.

 

20 wks and a few days along with my second child and looking forward to many of the reputed RRL benefits!! :)

 

Loved all the stories and info.

post #1788 of 2269

So happy to find this thread - it's going to take a long time to read through!

 

I was wondering if this was a good price for the loose tea (we have Amazon Prime, so "free" shipping)? TIA!

post #1789 of 2269

I'd say that's a decent price, especially if you intend to just use the RRL.  If you want to mix it with other stuff like nettles, etc., then it gets pricier and harder to drink it all before it gets old.  :)  I order a RRL mixed with other herbs in a 8oz. size and it lasts a LONG time, and I brew it by the gallon.  :)

post #1790 of 2269
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Originally Posted by smithk75 View Post

I'd say that's a decent price, especially if you intend to just use the RRL.  If you want to mix it with other stuff like nettles, etc., then it gets pricier and harder to drink it all before it gets old.  :)  I order a RRL mixed with other herbs in a 8oz. size and it lasts a LONG time, and I brew it by the gallon.  :)



I'm sure i paid much less for a pound of RLT from Mountain Rose (they're sold out now though so i can't check) and i bought nettle, alfalfa and spearmint seperately because then i can choose to have it in or not...some days i like just RLT or just spearmint or whatever....AND i have found it keeps awesome in the freezer; so i take out some put it in a container and leave the rest in the freezer...I dont' know though how long it will keep in there; I've had mine going a year soon...

post #1791 of 2269

Good to know, thanks!

post #1792 of 2269

Hello Ladies!

I am the mum that had a 3 day labour with my first child and narrowly avoided a cesarian

I had every pain killer imaginable - had the hormone drip to speed up my labour, ARM etc

I didnt need forceps or ventouse luckily after all that I managed to somehow push her out myself

she weighed 7lbs04oz and was distressed . Had feeding problems , sleeping problems, colic and fussiness

was very traumatic - posterior labour at 42 weeks gestation

 

This time I had chiropractic care 2 x per week since week 34 , with the webster technique

I also drank 5 cups of RRLT at week 38 onwards

I delivered my new baby on the 29th Nov weighing 8lbs 9oz , with no pain relief, no intervention after a 1.5 hour labour

Had only 4 painful contractions, the rest were very mild

I delivered her at 41 weeks and declined induction

post #1793 of 2269
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Originally Posted by Pearl1981 View Post

Hello Ladies!

I am the mum that had a 3 day labour with my first child and narrowly avoided a cesarian

I had every pain killer imaginable - had the hormone drip to speed up my labour, ARM etc

I didnt need forceps or ventouse luckily after all that I managed to somehow push her out myself

she weighed 7lbs04oz and was distressed . Had feeding problems , sleeping problems, colic and fussiness

was very traumatic - posterior labour at 42 weeks gestation

 

This time I had chiropractic care 2 x per week since week 34 , with the webster technique

I also drank 5 cups of RRLT at week 38 onwards

I delivered my new baby on the 29th Nov weighing 8lbs 9oz , with no pain relief, no intervention after a 1.5 hour labour

Had only 4 painful contractions, the rest were very mild

I delivered her at 41 weeks and declined induction



Thank-you for sharing; that is very encouraging...I am looking forward to what the future holds for me...I have VERY long labours so i'm curious if the RLT will knock off some time...

post #1794 of 2269

Please check with your doctors about the safety of RLT before term. I was advised not to drink it until 37 weeks precisely because of its amazing properties (that it has such an effect on the uterus). perhaps there is an amount that can be drunk safely, I didn't probe much on that one, I just held off. I don't want to alarm anyone, but please do be cautious and check it out. I just found this thread whilst looking for something else, hope you don't mind me popping in here to make a couple of comments. Herbs can have very strong effects, be careful with them. Best of luck everyone! Bowing out.

post #1795 of 2269

I'm 38 weeks now and trying hard to drink my tea but it's so hard to remember! crap.gif

 

Last pregnancy it tasted so awful that I never drank it so thought I'd share what tasted better this time. I mixed the RRL with loose leaf mint and added some honey. It's actually really good! I think I was also brewing it too strong last time. I can even drink it without honey and it doesn't taste too bad.

 

I plan to do the super dose when I go into labor, if i can get it all down. I definitely like it hot better than cold so we'll see how that goes!

post #1796 of 2269
I wanted to add it drastically reduced my postnatal bleeding but also decreased my milk so I stopped it
post #1797 of 2269

DD #2 was just born last week, want to add my 2 cents....

 

With DD #1, I drank RRL, but not religiously. I had a beautiful, natural delivery- and very quickly for a first-timer. I did bleed quite heavily post-birth and for much longer than I expected postpartum.

 

This time around, I faithfully drank 1 cup per trimester (1 in the first, 2 in the second, 3+ in the third), per the advice of my CNM. I was soooo sick of it towards the end but stuck with it. Anyway, this time I had an even FASTER labor, only pushed 3-4 times, and had no issues with post-birth bleeding. When the nurses came around to check uterine tone and position, they couldn't believe how quickly my uterus was returning to its pre-pregnancy state. Postpartum bleeding (lochia) was MUCH lighter this time, and I'm not having the issues with anemia that I did before. 

 

Anyway, I think RRL really made a difference for me. For the pp, I'd be really interested to know if it was truly the RRL that caused a supply decrease. I've only seen it cited as a galactagogue (Weed's Wise Woman Herbal in the Childbearing Year). 

post #1798 of 2269

So I had my baby on Monday. I've been lax in drinking the recommended amount until the last few weeks.  I made the super brew in early labor and didn't get half of it down before throwing it all up. That stuff tastes STRONG (it kind of smelled like manure when I was steeping it) and made me so nauseated, I never tried to finish drinking it because the thought made me sick.gif.  I had a quick labor (baby was born about 3 hours after I tried to drink my RRL) just the same though! 

 

Just thought I'd share my experience!

post #1799 of 2269

I joined this late! So I am 32 weeks, and am on my 3rd day of the tea. I am starting with one cup a day and increasing by a cup every week. Thoughts? Too bad I found this group so late, all the internet does is scare you into NOT drinking this until 36 weeks?!

post #1800 of 2269
I appologise if I have already written the same thing but I can't find my post. I was the poster who had a 3day labour and nearly resulted in c section. I then had chiropractic care websters and drank 5 cups red raspberry leaf per day, had a 1.5 hour pain free labour

it drastically reduced my postnatal bleeding but also decreased my milk supply
once I stopped drinking it post partum my milk returned abundantly

it is sited on some websites as an astringent and can apparently reduce milk in some women,
I breastfed my first child for 23 months and had over supply so I'm wondering whether it balance things out- reduces milk in over supply and increases under supply
I'd rather have over supply then be lacking though as I know how to deal with that problem through past experience; I just hand express some milk before feeds to soften up if I'm too full and get rid of the excess foremilk/forceful letdown - these problems lead to gas Nd green stools in the newborn
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