Just wanted to update since having my baby. I started the tea around week 32. I wasn't very good about drinking it everyday more like 2-3 times a week. Around week 36 I got religious about it and tried at least once a day if not twice. I started doing double strength around 37 weeks and the day before I went into labor I made the labor infusion and drank it.(41 weeks) I didn't know if I would remember once I actually went into labor. I did have about a week of prodromal labor which I blame on posterior baby. Labor finally started late night after a bathroom trip and she was delivered approx. 30 mins after the first contraction. Did the tea help? WHo knows but I am having a MUCH nicer recovery than last time with far less bleeding so it sure didn't hurt.
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ME! I had a very irritable uterus my last 2 weeks and would get horrible non productive contractions and had some start-stop labor and thats when I upped my usage of this and I honestly think it helped. My midwife actually reccomends this to not only strengthen the uterus and make contractions more productive but to calm the uterus as well. It isnt supposed to cause contractions just make the ones you have more effective but as it tones the uterus, in theory you will have less of the false labor. I had horrible prodromal labor last two pregnancies but this past one where I drank the RRL tea, I only had a week of it (and when you are a grandmultipara, you can't really avoid prodromal labor all together) vs the 3 or more weeks I have always had. A lot less this time.
See I start having BH pretty early, before 30 weeks usually. I started drinking the tea once I hit the 3rd trimester and it seems to increase my BH. I know they say it won't induce labor and maybe I'm just imagining it but it seems like it definitely increases the frequency of them. I'm just about 30 weeks now but can't decide if I want to keep drinking it or hold off for awhile.
Okay, I'm totally intimidated by this lengthy thread and know that there must be many jewels of wisdom within its many pages. I don't have the time to read everything. Would someone be so kind as to enlighten me about RRL tea? I have heard that its good for toning the uterus and supposedly leads to an easier labor and faster recovery especially in terms of pp bleeding. Is there anything else to it? When should one begin? How much to take to see benefits? Recommended brands or is the bulk loose leaf the best? Hot or cold or either?
Thanks for the "Cliff's Notes" (or Spark's Notes these days) version; I appreciate it!
Jaimee - you're right, it's mainly the uterus toning for benefits. You can also find many by just googling RRL. As for how, if you want the cheapest, good quality, buy from rosemountainherbs.com. It comes in bulk and is organic. If you go to the store, I know Traditional Medicinals sells a good quality and you can find at most stores.
Start drinking it now, drink it everyday. I put around a tsp/cup in, but it's all personal preference...in the summer I think it's good watered down a bit w/lemon. you can do hot or cold, I like it cold but will prob switch to hot w/honey in the winter.
I drank it throughout my last pregnancy and had a 5 hour (intense) first labor. My uterus shrunk right back up after. I had no complications. With this pregancy I found myself craving it before I even knew I was pregnant! There's a lot of minerals in it that you need too:)
I drink as many glasses a day as I want (usually a couple), but will start drinking much more when the time comes for baby to be born. Some say to make a strong brew to drink while in labor and it will help. Or make a strong one and make into ice cubes to suck on while in labor. Should make it go faster and more efficient:)
I haven't read through all 96 pages of this thread and I do have some questions. I am sorry if they are repeats but I'm not getting clear enough answers from Google so I figured I would come here and ask.
I am 36 weeks and 6 days. I just discovered Red Raspberry Leaf Tea but am wondering if it's too late for me to start and reap the benefits from it. Is this a better late than never type of thing or do you really have to be drinking it from the beginning? If it's not too late what kind of "schedule" should I drink it on? 2-3 times a day or more like 3-4 times? I also wanna make some to take to the hospital with me but I was also going to pack some Emergen-C mixture, can I do both or is RRL better than the Emergen-C?
Thanks Mamas, i appreciate any help you can give me!
I didn't start the tea until 36 weeks with my last pregnancy. I had a cup a day.
Around 38 weeks, I started to brew the tea longer and would have a few cups a day.
I always had some nice contractions a good hour after drinking the tea once I hit 38 weeks - probably because I increased the strength.
When I went in labor, it was less than 7 hours from the time my water broke to birth. My uterus went down nicely afterwards. I bled for a week and spotted for a week after birth and I was done.
I also added EPO once I hit 38weeks - vaginally at night. I think that the two are a good combination for uterine and cervical health.
So no, I don't think 36 weeks is too late!
A lot of ppl make it ahead of time and freeze it in ice cube trays for labor.
If you want it stronger, tea bags don't have much, like pp said, you'd need a box for an ounce almost, you might want to get loose leaf. But last pregnancy I just used the bags, just let it steep a long time (like overnight) and it'll be stronger:)
I am sloooowly reading throught this thread (on pg 58 now!) and it is just fascinating! I am 34 wks pg (first baby) and have been drinking a cup or two of RRL since about 18 weeks. I then upped it to two or three bags a day and just started making a blend of RRL, nettle and mint. Much tastier!
I really want to add in alfalfa but can't find any local sources and to order from the US (we are in Canada) is super expensive and I don't think it would even arrive in time, which is also why I am using TM bags instead of looseleaf. We have a massive raspberry bush that I'd like to use for the tea but I'm worried it won't be strong enough- it doesn't have the same sort of bitter taste as TM.
Anyway, I just found some alfalfa leaf capsules in my herb cabinet- they are 1000 mg. I wanted to take one but then I noticed it says not to use during pregnancy, and after doing some research on the Internet everything says not to have alfalfa during pregnancy. Anyone know anything more about this?
BTW, my friend just had her first baby and was drinking RRL before (I don't know how much). Her labour was very easy and 4 1/2 hrs long!
My recipe: I bought a pound of nettles and a pound of raspberry leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs online. A couple hours before bedtime, I take 1/4 cup of each and put it in a 1 qt. jar, and fill it with boiling water. I stir around the herbs and let it sit for 1-2 hours, til it's cooled off a bit. Then, I put a square from an old t-shirt over the jar to strain the liquid into a big cup. I dump out the herbs, rinse the jar, and put the liquid from the cup back in the jar. I add a little more water, put on the lid, and stick it in the fridge overnight. Then I drink it the next day as iced tea.
I'm currently TTC and on a fertility blend of RRL, Nettles, Burdock Root, Alfalfa, and Chaste Berry. I just started drinking it strong 3-4 times daily for the last week and a half or so. I tested for ovulation and it was positive yesterday. (can't find the smileys with the two of them humping, so use your imagination:) I'm hoping this blend will get this pregnancy ball rolling because my sister-in-law is already pregnant after just one try and we are trying to have babies around the same time. The lady who made this blend said these herbs were all safe before during and after pregnancy ( I'm currently nursing a 13 month old as well). I question her credibility though because she was also trying to add mint after I had told her I was nursing, and even I know mint dries up your milk. Do any of you know if i can continue this mixture of herbs after I become pregnant? Or should I just purchase a new batch with just RRL and nettles?
before conception i was drinking rrl nettles, oatstraw and red clover. after conception i dropped the clover off, but continued the rrl, nettles and oatstraw, which are all definatley safe during pregnancy. i good place to get herbal information is susan weeds wise women forum, or any of her books, they have a whole thread for the childbearing year and there is tons of useful herbal info!
Due with baby #3 and just recently heard about the benefits of RRL. I have 7 acres of land full of wild raspberries. Anybody pick there own leaves? What is the best way to store and dry them. And how much of the dried leaves do I steep into a cup of tea? And how much would I need for a large pitcher of it? Any info would be helpful. I'm also going to ask my midwife on Wednesday.
I used RRL for the month I conceived. I stopped drinking it after BFP, but recently have been thinking about it wo I brewed a cup tonight. A teaspoon brewed in about 12oz for about 8 minutes.
I have cramps now. Mild, but definitely there cramps. Is this just coincidental, or do you ladies experience similar, immediate reactions?