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post #1961 of 2269
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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post

I have a history of precipitous labor, and finally got to ask a midwife about RRL tea.  She said, "Oh no, not for you."  smile.gif

I'm drinking it anyway, but lightly.

How about something like nettles? That shouldn't hurry up a precipitous labor, and would only add to your nutritional stores. It can help with bleeding, as well.
post #1962 of 2269

I drank RRL and Nettle infusions from 18 weeks until I went into labor.  I started off pretty conservative with the herbs and increased it every couple of weeks until I was using a cup of RRL and 1/2 cup nettle to a quart of boiling water.  I drank it at least 4 or 5 days a week. 

 

My water broke on 11/10 and I made the super strong infusion (talked about at the beginning of the thread) to drink on the way to the hospital.  I was having no contractions yet so it was a very mellow ride.  We got to the hospital and they checked me, I was 1-2 cm.  I was hoping to be further along than that but I wasn't in any pain yet so I wasn't shocked.  Around 1am I started having regular contractions that felt like bad period cramps in my lower back but it was still tolerable.  2am  my contractions were doubling and tripling without a break at all.  Doctor came in to check me at 3am (it's a good thing because she almost went home to get some rest!) and I was at 10cm!  I pushed through 3 contractions and my daughter was born. 

 

Did the RRL help?  Absolutely!  I am a believer.  It was an awesome experience.  My first birth was a pretty bad experience so I was glad to have a peaceful, quick birth.  My total active labor time was like 2 1/2 hours.  Good luck to everyone who wants to try RRL.  It's good stuff!

post #1963 of 2269

What an wonderful birth! Thanks so much for sharing.

 

The larger amounts of Red Raspberry Leaf  helped you to have such a wonderful birth (1 cup leaves to quart of water) i am sure.  The Nettles helps with the muscle signals and it is also a uterine toner.

 

Did it help decrease bleeding?

post #1964 of 2269
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Originally Posted by herbsgirl View Post

What an wonderful birth! Thanks so much for sharing.

 

The larger amounts of Red Raspberry Leaf  helped you to have such a wonderful birth (1 cup leaves to quart of water) i am sure.  The Nettles helps with the muscle signals and it is also a uterine toner.

 

Did it help decrease bleeding?


I actually bled quite a bit after the birth and they had to give me three different meds to stop it.    I think it happened because the doctor had to go back in to get pieces of placenta that were still attatched to my uterus. I did take motherwort directly after the birth to try to prevent bleeding but it didn't really help.  Postpartum bleeding has been much better than it was with my other DD though!
 

 

post #1965 of 2269
I get my red raspberry leaves from iherb.com

By Frontier natural products, it's organic too!

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post #1966 of 2269

Same here!  I love iherb and get all of my natural items from there!  Sooo much cheaper thatn really anywhere I've found.  I combine the loose leaf nettle & RRL.

I'm 25 weeks and I've been drinking it the last couple of weeks.

 

With my first, I also drank it, but my labor never progressed (labored for 30 hrs!) w/o the help of some drugs the last 3 hrs.  However when the pushing phase came, my midwife was shocked how effortless and quick it was!  Hoping I get the easy pushing AND quicker labor this go around!

post #1967 of 2269
I drank rrt tea for the last month of my pregnancy. My labour was only 4.5 hours, pushing stage was only 15 minutes. I took the tea to the hospital and drank it while in labour. This was my first child so I didnt expect it to be so quickly. Also, by the time I was in real pain, it was time to push so no need for any drugs. This stuff really works!
post #1968 of 2269
I love hearing these stories. smile.gif I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it helps when the time comes.
post #1969 of 2269

Okay, I joined just so I could contribute to this forum :)

 

I am prego with my sixth, but it's been almost ten years since my last pregnancy and I had a miscarriage last year that caused some complications.  The doctor told me it had to do with my uterus being "tired" so at 28 weeks, under my midwife's advice, I started drinking the RRLT. 

 

I'm due in about four weeks, so I will update with my birth story once he is born, and hopefully all this tea drinking will help out and I'll have a wonderful story :)

post #1970 of 2269

hi herbs,

 

i'm 32 weeks and have been drinking rrl and preg tea but not infusions - traditional medicinals tea bags. if i want to start a stronger regimen, what do you suggest? is it ok to start the thrid tri infusion you think?

 

thanks!

post #1971 of 2269

Yes, start slowly and build up, if your not used to it.   I recomend working up to 1 cup leaves for every 4 cups water by  36 weeks.

 

post #1972 of 2269

I have been drinking RRL since about 20 weeks. I am 36 weeks now and drinking 4-5 cups of an infusion everyday. I use RRL with a little nettle and alfalfa too. I put a handful of herbs in a glass container, add boiling water, let it sit overnight, put it in the fridge in the morning and then drink the 4-5 cups in the afternoon. I try to do it every day but usually it ends up being about 5 days a week. I wonder if I should increase the amount of herbs as my pregnancy continues?

post #1973 of 2269

Has anyone ever gotten a headache from drinking this tea? Ive started to increase my intake at 33 weeks, to 2-3 cups a day, using 2 teabags. But i seem to be getting headaches after i drink it.

 

I used it in my last pregnancy, but only right at the end, and during labor. It seems to enhance labor, and was great for post partum. But is suppose if it gave me a mild headache, i wouldnt have noticed it since i was actually in labor.

 

I want to increase my intake, but these headaches are annoying me! (blood pressue and swelling not an issue)

 

 

post #1974 of 2269
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Originally Posted by HippieIncognito View Post

I have been drinking RRL since about 20 weeks. I am 36 weeks now and drinking 4-5 cups of an infusion everyday. I use RRL with a little nettle and alfalfa too. I put a handful of herbs in a glass container, add boiling water, let it sit overnight, put it in the fridge in the morning and then drink the 4-5 cups in the afternoon. I try to do it every day but usually it ends up being about 5 days a week. I wonder if I should increase the amount of herbs as my pregnancy continues?



Measure out your handfuls of herbs. If you are using 1 cup (rounded in the measuring cup loosely)  of the red raspberry...you dont need to increase it more than that. If not, you could continue to increase it until you are at least 1 cup red raspberry rounded, which is 1 oz.  Nettle can be used 1/2 to 1 cup rounded daily also. It helps the muscle contraction signaling in the uterus something like that it works synergysticly with the  red raspbery also helps prevent bleeding.

 

post #1975 of 2269


I've never gotten a headache from RRL and I have consumed gallons of infusion.   Try drinking nettle instead which is also a great pregnancy tonic if you think the RRL is giving you headaches.  I've read through this entire thread and I've never heard of anyone getting headaches.  Could just be pregnancy causing them too!
 

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Originally Posted by contactmaya View Post

Has anyone ever gotten a headache from drinking this tea? Ive started to increase my intake at 33 weeks, to 2-3 cups a day, using 2 teabags. But i seem to be getting headaches after i drink it.

 

I used it in my last pregnancy, but only right at the end, and during labor. It seems to enhance labor, and was great for post partum. But is suppose if it gave me a mild headache, i wouldnt have noticed it since i was actually in labor.

 

I want to increase my intake, but these headaches are annoying me! (blood pressue and swelling not an issue)

 

 



 

post #1976 of 2269

 


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Originally Posted by contactmaya View Post

Has anyone ever gotten a headache from drinking this tea? Ive started to increase my intake at 33 weeks, to 2-3 cups a day, using 2 teabags. But i seem to be getting headaches after i drink it.

 

I used it in my last pregnancy, but only right at the end, and during labor. It seems to enhance labor, and was great for post partum. But is suppose if it gave me a mild headache, i wouldnt have noticed it since i was actually in labor.

 

I want to increase my intake, but these headaches are annoying me! (blood pressue and swelling not an issue)

 

 


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Originally Posted by jill the pill View Post


I've never gotten a headache from RRL and I have consumed gallons of infusion.   Try drinking nettle instead which is also a great pregnancy tonic if you think the RRL is giving you headaches.  I've read through this entire thread and I've never heard of anyone getting headaches.  Could just be pregnancy causing them too!
 



 

 Thanks for you reply. I agree its strange, since i drank this in my last pregnancy and never had such symptoms. Ive also googled and found no reference to this other than one or two cases similar to mine.

 

I know that rlt can expand blood vessels, and  that might causes a headache in some people. Btw, i am one of those lucky people who never gets headaches usually. Apparently caffeine in tea or coffee cures headaches in some people for the opposite reason-it constricts blood vessels.

 

It could also be the combo of caffeine and RLT. For eg, i usually drink it when i am usually having a normal tea of coffee. I minimize the tea/coffee to a bare amount, and replace the rest with a cup of RLT. Perhaps the combo is the problem.

 

Without a doubt though, the RLT is bringing on a headache everytime. I dont think its the pregnancy, since i dont usually have headaches, but perhaps the combination of pregnancy andRLT is the problem. Darn it! I love RLT!

 

 

Im going to get the 'pregnancy tea' instead, i believe that contains nettles doesnt it?

 

Also, do nettles have the same effect as RLT?  I trust rlt since i m pretty sure it served me well in my last pregnancy.  Perhaps ill save the current batch for post partum (excellent there too)


 

 

post #1977 of 2269

So I've been reading this forum since I've been drinking RRL since before I was pregnant, i think it really helped to regulate my cycle. I increased my dosage in the 3rd trimester (i'm currently 36 weeks) to 1 cup RRL and about 1/2 nettles for two quarts of water that i drink each day. so i feel like i'm getting plenty. my sister drank a lot in her last pregnancy and had a wonderful natural labor of about 7 hours - she swears it was the RRL! 

 

this is my first so who knows how i will labor but i'm hoping it will help with pp bleeding, the labor and i love that it's full of vitamins. Oh and nettles has a TON of iron so if there are any anemic issues it would be a great help! i will update on this thread once i give labor, can't wait to hear more stories!

post #1978 of 2269

Hi all.... my DH has given the go ahead for possibly getting pregnant in less than a year.... I  want to order 10 pounds of Red Raspberry leaf from Frontier to last me before, during and after a pregnancy....

 

 

Herbalcom.com has Red Raspberry leaf  4.95 a pound for regular and 8 something for organic.... I have ordered from them before

 

http://www.herbalcom.com/store.php3?list=cats&alpha=yes&lett=r-tR-T&session=e9e7f96727d92a61f73690d6ae9eddd0

post #1979 of 2269

Is there a thing as "too many braxton hicks"? They don't bother me but I am getting them a ton! like the top of my uterus is hard for a good part of the day. I have no pain when they come. No pain in my pelvic area either. I am 36 weeks but can walk normally and don't feel like a bowling ball is between my legs. Anyways, I am wondering if getting too many is bad and if I should cut back on RRL?

post #1980 of 2269
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Originally Posted by HippieIncognito View Post

Is there a thing as "too many braxton hicks"? They don't bother me but I am getting them a ton! like the top of my uterus is hard for a good part of the day. I have no pain when they come. No pain in my pelvic area either. I am 36 weeks but can walk normally and don't feel like a bowling ball is between my legs. Anyways, I am wondering if getting too many is bad and if I should cut back on RRL?

Yes and no. Most of the time, they don't do anything but tone the uterus, and that is fine. At 36 weeks, I wouldn't worry about it. I know they are uncomfortable and can drain you, but you're far enough along that you don't have to worry about contractions dilating your cervix. (Since many women begin to dilate at this point anyways.) I was in that group that had constant BH with my last pregnancy, and I have a lot with this one as well. IF the contractions aren't normal for you, they hurt, come out of nowhere, etc. then I'd suspect that they are a symptom of something like a UTI, dehydration, or possibly preterm labor. In that case, I'd call your doctor/midwife. Again, the vast majority of the time, the BH are just toning your uterus and are nothing to worry about.

I think you're fine on the RRL. If you stop the RRL, do the contractions stop?
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