Red Raspberry Leaf Tea tribe - Page 112
I've been continuing to drink my infusions according to the recipe I outlined above for several weeks. It's going great! In the last two days I have wavered on tea consumption, because we just bought a home and have been moving into it. Yikes on the stress!
Anyway, I was recently diagnosed with borderline gestational diabetes. My levels have been doing great, except in the last day or two when I have not been drinking my tea like I should be. I wonder if this tea helps keep blood sugar levels stable?
My question is... When should I start to make the stronger infusions? 36 weeks? I use about 2TB/qt of RRL, and the same amount of nettle. (1TSP of spearmint, alfalfa in addition.)
Also—I went to my local health food store and they were out of nettle! Their herb provider is Frontier... and my store said Frontier is out of nettle for a period of time! I highly suggest that if you are planning on doing a RRLT blend that consists of nettle, that you buy a Frontier bag if there is overstock in your local area, or find another provider! My store had 5oz. left in their canister, so I was kinda terrible and bought it out... LOL... But I definitely wanted to let all you mamas know!
I am expecting my 7th child. During my 4th pregnancy, I read the Raspberry Leaf Tea story in a copy of Rodale's that I got at a library book sale for $1. I didn't drink the tea during my pregnancy, but I prepared it according to the book when I went into labor. We had a 100 mile drive to the hospital, so I waited to drink it till we were 30 minutes away. Within 15 minutes of drinking it, I could tell my contractions had become very effective. I was ready to deliver when we arrived (I was feeling very little pain until I got into the chaos of the delivery room.) My 9 lb. 4 oz. boy was delivered easily and after doing blood work the next day, my doctor said I had lost so little blood it looked as if I had not just had a baby.
Two years later, I had my first home birth. I used the tea again and my labor went extremely fast and nearly painless. Transition was the only time I had real pain.
After that, my sister tried the tea for her hospital birth with a modification. To make it easier to take (it's pretty bitter when it is so strong) I steeped the tea as usual and then poured it into a pan on the stove. I put it on the lowest heat possible without even a hint of boiling and let the water evaporate out until I was left with about a 1/2 ounce of liquid. I put it in a vial and took it to the hospital with us. She took the tea "shot" and had a quick delivery. The doctor also told her he was very surprised at how minimal her blood loss was.
My last baby was also born at home and it was the same story. Took the tea, stayed relaxed and virtually no pain. All I felt was the slight "burn" of my cervix opening with each contraction. (It was a little like that pain you get in your side when you run too much.) There were about 3 or 4 transition contractions that required me to stop and focus, but once those were through, the rest of the delivery was easy. My midwife also noted that I lost "hardly any" blood.
Giving more context... At my appointment last Thursday, my OB could not reach my cervix. Sunday morning I went in to triage due to all the ctx I was having (this is my first pregnancy and I had no idea what I was experiencing so suddenly on Saturday night!) and the nurse couldn't reach my cervix, either. Two days later here I am with progress, as I mentioned, after a few days straight of BH.
So, I am still drinking my tea as I have been, a quart a day since 21 weeks, and in the last week (when I hit 36) I have added two more TBSP RRL and like to let the tea steep longer than overnight.
I am hoping that my uterus is doing all this hard work ahead of time thanks to the tea, and will allow active labor, transition, and delivery to be smoother.
Random question....first off I should say that I absolutely LOVE my midwife and we have been on the same page since the day we met(Im due any day now), but recently she asked how much RRL tea I was drinking and I told her about 3 mugs a day, which she said was too much and could cause postpartum hemorrhage?!? She said I should back off to 1 mug a day in the last trimester? I cant find any evidence of this but it seems a little strange to me that everyone would be drinking the strong concoction that actually prevents bleeding and helps with labor? Im so confused, maybe shes the one whos confused? lol Like I said I LOVE her like my mother and would like to inform and show her some facts/research if anyone has any available.
Also, Ive been trying to read through this thread but there is ALOT going on here! If I have loose leaf tea and my kettle does about 5 cups for 1 pot, how many scoops of RRL should I use for the strong concoction for labor and at what time in labor would I take it?
Thanks for any responses ladies!
Hi, I'm very new around here, but I have recently started RRL tea I'm 28 weeks today. A first timer planning a home water birth. I would love to here some RRL stories from first time moms? I have not made it through this whole thread so I may have missed some. But I know my mom was in labor 36+ hours with me her first, and only 2 with my sister her second and there was no RRL involved so I am just curious for first timer stories.
Also I am making mine from tea bags, I have not handled any leaves myself there's nothing in the bags but RRL though. I am letting it steep covered for quite a while 30 mins+ and making it into ice tea.
After reading every-single-page on this thread I started RRL tea with my first at 20 weeks (this was November 2012). I started at 1 mug/day for 4 weeks, then at 24 wks bumped it to 2-3 cups/day. By 36 weeks I was up to 2 quarts, steeped overnight. I had BH's throughout, but nothing unbearable. My midwife was also surprised that I was doing 2 quarts, but she left it up to my judgment. Went into labor at 39.5 weeks and after 4.5 hrs of intense active labor we had a happy, healthy, pink baby boy. :) My very minimal bleeding stopped 4 days later (note: it restarted 7 days later due to stress/external factors, but was never heavy. I don't believe it would have restarted if a couple of stressors could have been avoided). My uterus was very toned during and after the labor, and I was back in normal clothes within 6 days.
I just posted my birth story in the Birth Stories forum this morning -- check it out -- it gives more details to my labor. If I could change one thing, I would have drank the infusion just before birth. However, when you read my story, you'll notice that I was denying I was even going to have a baby anytime soon -- so I didn't realize I needed the tea until it was too late for me to make it. Next time, though, that's going at the top of the "To-Do" list!
Update~electricalaskan, you had asked about my midwifes reasoning for the dosage to be lowered, she just said that she tells all her clients that and when I told her about the stronger dosage in early labor she had never heard of it, I think Ill provide her with some info that Ive read lately and see what she thinks.
Well I had my baby girl on Halloween after a very intense but rather amazing and fast 4 hr labor from start to finish. I had been drinking the tea through out my entire pregnancy, towards the last month I was drinking 3 mugs a day and there was also RRL in my whole foods prenatal vitamin. I didnt do the strong dosage in early labor but however sipped some with honey during my labor. I definitely feel drinking it during my pregnancy helped with my fast labor given that with my 1st I had a 24 hr labor and drank no tea then as well.
@ electricalaskan - my BH's started at 19 weeks. They were sporadic (3-10/day, more as the pregnancy progressed), what I would classify as "normal BH's" (painless, nothing to cause concern over).
The morning before JJ was born, they were consistent, every 6-8 minutes, beginning at 8:20 AM and lasting until he was born. (Yes, these were probably "contractions/rushes" but again, they were painless, so I classified them as BH's. The painful rushes/contractions didn't start until about 5 hours before JJ was born.)
I only continued the RRL tea for 1 week after giving birth. I had read quite a few testimonials about it dropping milk supply, and that was the last thing I needed. This time around I may continue it for a bit longer (4-6 wks?).