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post #1801 of 2269

Yes, Sheila Humphrey, in The Nursing Mother's Herbal, says, "[Red raspberry leaf] is believed to lower milk supply with long-term use in the postartum, even though it seems to increase supply when used short-term (less than a week)."

post #1802 of 2269

WARNING TMI?  Question about mastubation, BH and raspberry leaf tea....I recently started drinking the tea, I am 32 weeks, and my BH are stronger (yeah). My question/ issue is orgasm. Will the combo of the tea and oxytocin released by orgasm be too much, and perhaps initiate early labor? Hope not, I happen to be one of those "horny" pregant women lol

post #1803 of 2269

Interesting about the milk supply issue.

 

I stopped drinking RRL tea as soon as I gave birth.  Frankly, I was tired of it at that point.  I enjoyed it during the entire 9 months, but didn't find it palatable once I gave birth.  Fast forward 13+ months PP, I started drinking a daily cup of RRL again.  I've noticed an increase in my milk supply by about 3 ounces.  Since it's only been a week since I started, I don't know what it will do long term to my supply.  At this point, I'm more interested in getting my body ready for conception, than I am about my milk supply.  If I were younger, I could afford to wait until DS was older, but at this age, I cannot.  It will be interesting to see what happens.  I will report back.  :)

post #1804 of 2269

Hi. I need advice from the RRL expert moms.

 

In my first pregnancy I took RRL only in the last trimester, just tea bags, once a day.

My labor was horrendous: non stop contraction for 12 hours and I ended up in a c-section. I guess it was just my baby trying very hard to reposition himself but I'm really scared of having the same contractions this time around (I'm 32 weeks now).

Do you think my having just a cup of tea (from bags) was ineffective, last time?

I'm scared that RRL might make it worse...

 

Thanks

 

Francesca

post #1805 of 2269

I do not think it was the RRL, it was the positioning of the baby. I've done two of out three pgs with RRL, my 2nd child was my first with the tea, fine birth. My third was posterior and the contractions were nonstop and horrid like you described. I liken it to being hit by semi truck that never slowed down! And one cup of tea used for the last few weeks is a very small dose anyway. 

post #1806 of 2269

I'm joining.  This is my first pregnancy, I am 12 weeks, EDD 7/5/11. I started drinking RRL Traditional Medicinals tea 1 cup every morning shortly after I found out I was pregnant. 

My mom said all 3 of her births were relaltively short labors so I'm hoping mine goes the same way. I figure the tea can't hurt. I like the taste. I like it ice cold too so I'm looking  forward to drinking it iced in the summer with lemon.

I'm going to ask my MW about her thoughts on drinking it at our next appointment next week.

post #1807 of 2269

I had my first baby in July 2009 and I was drinking red raspberry tea faithfully from the second trimester on.   During my entire labor I did not experience any painful contractions...in fact I didn't even know I was in labor, I felt my stomach muscles tighten, but it was not at all painful.  I was surprised when I got to the hosptial and was 5cm dilated and totally effaced.  Even though I still had a long labor, it was definitely bearable.  I did try to drink the strong brew when I went to the hospital, but I immeadiately threw it all back up.  I am 15 weeks pregnant now and I have started to drink the tea again.  I really think it had alot to do with the relatively painless contractions.

post #1808 of 2269

I just ordered my tea! I got two pounds. Is that too much? (I'm 19 weeks.) Right now I have a few tea bags of TM Pregnancy tea left, and one box of TM RRL tea bags. I can't wait for my loose tea to arrive and start the "program".  :)

 

Question...(91 pages, oh my!) How much tea do I use in the tea ball per cup of water? Thanks mamas.   

post #1809 of 2269

I'm 33 weeks, and I just found this thread.  Do you think it's too late to start and see any effects?

post #1810 of 2269

I'm so excited to have found this thread!   I am new to the motheringdotcom community, due in early May with my first child, and based on a recommendation from my MW have been drinking a tea bag a day for the last two weeks.  I've got the loose leaf at home that I got from her, so I'm going to start making that as an infusion and drinking that daily soon.  I love the stories early in this thread of how this tea aided in the ease of birth.  Can wait to try out the strong recipe described in the first post on the day I go into labor.  :)

 

post #1811 of 2269


 

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Originally Posted by Diva Mama View Post

From the Dec DDC here!

Every day I've been drinking a double cup o red raz tea. I don't like combo teas. I like the taste o red ras. Anywhoo, thanks to my ridiculous non sleep schedule this week, I skipped the tea yesterday. Today I realized that I didn't have very much BH at all yesterday.

So now I'm wondering:

Should I drink it again because it's helping things move along

or

Should I stop drinking it because it's just irritating my uterus and non productive BHs just make me cranky and knowing that it's caused by the tea makes me feel like I'm interfering.

Bleh. I think that since I like the taste, I'll just drink it whenever I wanna and not worry about it. I just hate to think that things are moving along faster than they really are. So frustrating.

 

I'm quoting this very old post.

Because I feel exactly the same. I'm going to be 38 weeks next Tuesday. It didn't happen in the previous weeks but In the last week or so, as soon as a drink RRL I start having BHs.

 


 

post #1812 of 2269

My thought with RRL tea and other things making you go into labor too soon is that i dont think anything will make a baby that is not ready to come out do so just by drinking tea or having sex. 

 

i also dont think RRL would ever make a labor harder, but my attitude was whats it going to hurt, and first time using it had a good labor, second time i took the tea my labor was amazing and painless,  I attribute it to helping me be very very RIPE.

 

this time i didnt drink it all through because like i said i tend to be very RIPE and didnt feel like i needed it.  waited till last trimester and now i drink it all the time, try for 3 cups a day.  i will hopefully remember to do a very concentrated cup when i am in early labor.

 

just my thoughts

post #1813 of 2269

I too don't think RLT will make you go into labor early HOWEVER i do believe it "may" cause you problems in the first tri if you are at risk of PTL or Miscarriage...This is my first preg trying RLT and if it will take any time away from my long labors i will be thankful... 

post #1814 of 2269


 

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Originally Posted by Franci View Post


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diva Mama View Post

From the Dec DDC here!

Every day I've been drinking a double cup o red raz tea. I don't like combo teas. I like the taste o red ras. Anywhoo, thanks to my ridiculous non sleep schedule this week, I skipped the tea yesterday. Today I realized that I didn't have very much BH at all yesterday.

So now I'm wondering:

Should I drink it again because it's helping things move along

or

Should I stop drinking it because it's just irritating my uterus and non productive BHs just make me cranky and knowing that it's caused by the tea makes me feel like I'm interfering.

Bleh. I think that since I like the taste, I'll just drink it whenever I wanna and not worry about it. I just hate to think that things are moving along faster than they really are. So frustrating.

 

I'm quoting this very old post.

Because I feel exactly the same. I'm going to be 38 weeks next Tuesday. It didn't happen in the previous weeks but In the last week or so, as soon as a drink RRL I start having BHs.

 


 

I've thought about this too.  Mind you, I'm at 27 weeks, so I'm not as far along as you are.  I was getting ready to make the infusion last night with loose leaf RRL and out of fear of making a too-strong batch that would accidentally cause me to go into early labor, I opted to make a batch of tea instead, since that's weaker and has been fine for me.  I figured I was being silly, but I don't want to pretend like I know what I'm talking about so I'm going to speak with my MW (who is also a homeopath) tonight to get her recommendations.  I will post my findings.
 

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Originally Posted by summatime View PostI'm going to speak with my MW (who is also a homeopath) tonight to get her recommendations.  I will post my findings.

 



That's great! Curious to know what your midwife thinks about it.

 

post #1816 of 2269

I didn't have time to go through the 91 pages to try and see if anyone else asked this but, I don't have a kitchen scale.  Has anyone weighed out 1 oz for the labor infusion and then measured to see how many cups it is?  I am getting the lose RRL herb and have no clue what one oz looks like and am ordering it by the lb online.

 

Oh, and also looking to add my own extras to make it taste better since the few times in the past I tried it I wasn't a fan.  I want to add some of the things that the "pregnancy tea" has like peppermint, alfalfa, oatstraw, and definately nettle.  Some also contain a lemon.  Every pregnancy tea I come across has a different lemon herb.  Some have lemon grass (which I read is a mild seditive) some have lemon verbana (which is supposed to be the most aromatic (and some have dried lemon peel (which has the vit c real lemon does.

 

I cant find a good herb page that tells me which is best for a pregnancy tea.  Which lemon herb would you guys use.  Also, peppermint or spearmint?  Any benefit of one ofver the other?

post #1817 of 2269

Good new everybody!  I spoke with my wonderful midwife, Valeriana,  last night about RRL and she calmed my nerves.  First off, I didn't actually know this before, but she studied herbs under Susun Weed who is evidently THE herbal specialist.  (Weed's book which has been referred to earlier in this thread is called Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years.)  So, Valeriana knows her stuff and her advice is sound.  She says that RRL is a uterine toning herb and won't bring on pre-term labor.  She explained that the way in which it eases labor and delivery is that it helps your uterine muscles to work better and more efficiently together.  That's why it's beneficial to drink it regularly through pregnancy and labor. 

 

I have the Susun Weed book and was attempting to figure out the 1 oz measurement Weed suggest the other night with some confusion, just like Sharita above.  So, I also asked Valeriana how I should prepare the infusion.  She suggested using one heaping tablespoon per 1 pint of boiling water and letting it steap for 8 hours before straining and drinking.  She also suggested adding nettles to the brew and advised that lemon or honey could help to sweeten the taste if you need it.

 

So, ladies drink up.  You're doing your body good and not harming or hurting anything.

post #1818 of 2269

I was also confused if the "oz" was measure by volume or weight.  1 oz by volume is only 1/8 a cup.  Not so much.  I can't see how that would make a super sttrong infusion to one pint of water so I am guessing it much mean by weight.  Maybe I will break down and get a kitchen scale.  Been meaning too.  I am good on how to make the daily brew, my confusion came from the correct amount for the labor infusion.

post #1819 of 2269

Hmmm...I just assumed everything was in weight.  But that means I would only get 16 servings from my 1 lb bag.  And it seems like other people have mentioned it lasting a lot longer than that.  So maybe it is volume.

 

I know...

1 oz = 2 Tbsp

1 pt = 2 cups

 

So I would think it is 1 Tbsp per 1 cup of water.  That sounds logical to me for the regular tea recipe.  I don't think there is even a Tbsp in my bag of Trad Med RRL.

 

I also found a recipe that I think is for the strong infusion.  It is on a sticky on my desk and I didn't specify whether it was for regular tea or strong infusion.  It is 1 oz RRL to 1 qt water and steeped overnight.  So maybe this is the strong infusion and it is actually measured in weight.

post #1820 of 2269

awesome, thanks!

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