I tried some last week, in week 3, and felt my uterus contracting for hours. No more until 3rd trimester, I think. My doctor did say it was fine and might even help with morning sickness, but I don't want to risk it, especially with my history.
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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea tribe - Page 113post #2242 of 226311/9/13 at 6:07amSo... I had my beautiful little girl on Tuesday night!... via a very much unplanned c-section! My 5lb-15oz baby turned out to be too big for my pelvis! That was after 36 hours of labor. Seeing her sweet little face makes it all worth it, though.
In the meantime, I plan on learning about whether I can continue to drink RRL to help with milk letdown after a c-section. Does anyone know, offhand?post #2243 of 226311/15/13 at 11:20ampost #2244 of 226311/16/13 at 1:25pmpost #2245 of 226312/3/13 at 12:44pm
I am 32 weeks pregnant and I have been drinking red raspberry leaf tea. I bring 5 quarts of water to boil then add two cups of red raspberry tea and 1/8 cup Alfalfa. I let it steep over night which might be too long. Anyway I love it cold so I strain it and put it in the fridge. I love the taste and have been drinking two quarts a day. When I read the article about taking red raspberry tea then making it extra strong for delivery I was completely all for it. This is my sixth pregnancy. I wanted to take the tea extra strong before my labor began. However since I never read the book I am not sure how soon I can start taking the strong solution. Also if I start taking the strong solution do I drop drinking red raspberry tea on the side or can I continue with the Two quarts a day? I would really love everyone's input on this. I want to get started as soon as I can.post #2246 of 226312/3/13 at 5:29pmpost #2247 of 226312/13/13 at 6:17pm
Hi all! I've been making my way through the beginning pages of this thread and am so intrigued! I just started my RRL, Alfalfa and Nettle mix tea at 26 weeks. I put about 1/2 cup of herbs in a quart jar, pour boiling water over it, cover and let steep over night. I drank half of the jar a day but I'm planning on upping that as the weeks go on. I am very excited to take the big dose during labor. This is my first pregnancy so I wont have anything to compare it to but I'm excited to do anything I can to help! I am waiting on the results of my glucose test - so nervous! - and found through Dr. google that RRL can help with blood sugar levels too. Truly an amazing resource in so many ways! I am so glad to have found this tribe.post #2248 of 226312/17/13 at 11:16ampost #2249 of 226312/17/13 at 4:17pm
Thank you, FaithF! My doula is encouraging me to think positively, but I'm afraid I'm going to be disappointed if my labor is longer than 8-10 hours. She says doing prenatal yoga makes for a quicker labor, my chiropractor says he's never had anyone who's labor is over 8 hours, my hypnobabies instructor said that makes for a quicker labor and my mom and sisters already had 7-12 hour first labors. Then you throw in a dose of RRL!... I actually like the tea idea though because my feeling is that it helps even out whatever your uterus is doing. So I feel like it could take a fast intense labor and slow it down a bit to make it more manageable - maybe? I'm really trying not to set expectations on how labor will go though. With my luck I'll have a 50 hour labor just to prove everyone wrong. :(post #2250 of 226312/19/13 at 9:26pmI started my RRL regimen around 20 weeks and stuck to it religiously. I enjoyed it! However, it turned out that my water broke when I was at 1cm, I labored for 36 hours to get to ten and pushed for two hours... only to require a c-section because my pelvis ended up being too small. And then it turned out that my body also didn't want to permit breastfeeding, either. Yikes!
I spent days, weeks beating myself up over it. I felt like I was a complete failure and that whatever higher power is up there was punishing me and that the RRL was a massive waste of time. It was the worst feeling ever.
But recently, as my hormones have begun to clear up and life is clicking more into place, I started to realize that the RRL was *not* a waste of time. It helped nourish my baby and aided in her development and my health. She's a healthy sweetie and she's the person sitting in front of me. Labor didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but I know I did everything in my power to try to make it a smooth process. My body just wasn't going to cooperate—and it wasn't something that my doctor could have determined ahead of time. But my baby is here and she's healthy. That's the biggest victory of all, even if my ideal birth didn't pan out as I'd hoped.
As you progress in your pregnancy and if your birth doesn't turn out how you'd hoped, learn from my mistake and don't beat yourself up about the things you can't control. Easier said than done, I know. You're already a great mama and you're doing your best! Your baby will be happy and healthy and love you. That's the thing we want most from all this, perfect birth outcome or not!
And still do your RRL! I think it helped me tremendously in recovering from surgery. I was able to walk up and down the steps my first night home. I am now eager to go anywhere and do lots of walking and I'm six weeks post-partum. I really believe the RRL made a big difference.post #2251 of 226312/20/13 at 4:49ampost #2252 of 226312/28/13 at 6:21pm
Anyone need or want some free organic RRL?
I have ordered WAY too much RRL (organic) from mountain rose herbs. My fault for over ordering, but I figured I'd offer it up if anyone wants some! I have about 4 gallon sized zip-lock bags full of the stuff in my freezer, I'm looking to get rid of maybe one or two of them.
Let me know. It'd be way easier to hand off to someone semi-local, so if you're in NYC / NJ, or are traveling here soon, let me know.post #2253 of 226312/30/13 at 5:27am
I personally think it's drinking it throughout pregnancy that's helped more than the labor drink. I just cannot drink it that strong - esp in labor! I didn't even try w/my first and had a 6hr very intense and painful birth. With #2 I drank much more in pregnancy, and a little strong infusion at the beginning (but I'm nauseated from the start of contractions so can't really fathom drinking more than a few sips which I did). It was a much simpler 4hr process. With #3 I'm drinking it the same as w/the last pregnancy, a lot! I'm gonna try mixing it w/peppermint for my birth drink to see if that helps me drink some. But if it's anything like the last ones I definitely don't need anything to make this birth more rushed!
electricalaskan- I agree, it does so much more than speed a birth, we have to remember how nourishing it is for us and our babies and let our births be what they will! It's so hard to have birth expectations not met, I think many of us go through this and so glad you were able to find peace :)post #2254 of 226312/30/13 at 11:51am@yippiehippie, you are so right. The worst thing anyone can do to herself is set expectations for a certain type of birth. Now, having an *ideal* birth is one thing, but setting *expectations* is a whole other thing, because the only thing that only ever comes from expectations not being met is the feeling of failure. And the only way you can ever fail at being pregnant or being a mommy is not trying your best, not nourishing your baby, and/or not caring for your baby. And the last thing any woman giving birth should feel failure about are the things she cannot control. In the meantime, RRL is a great way to feel at peace and really stay healthy, no matter what the outcome Thank you for your kind words!post #2255 of 226312/31/13 at 10:03am@electricalaskan - My story is very similar to yours and I have a great recovery from the C-section. I didn't even think about the red raspberry possibly helping with that.
I didn't drink tea though, I took these... http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/red-raspberry-100-caps/sku-560.aspx?sponsor=3201097
If/when I get pregnant again I will use the red raspberry again and hope the a VBAC!!post #2256 of 22631/6/14 at 10:15ampost #2257 of 22631/6/14 at 12:14pm
electricalaskan, I am so happy your baby arrived safely. Congrats on your little girl! I feel like the hardest part in anticipating birth is that we can't possibly know how it will go. I hope I am able to be as accepting as you when my time comes. I had wanted a homebirth but will be going to the hospital so I feel it's already not gone how I wanted and it's still 2.5 months away! So I'm going to start taking your advice now. I am so glad that the RRL has helped your recovery! I feel like it probably helps more than we can even see toning the uterus behind the scenes. You are right about the RRL tea ritual being enjoyable. If I miss a day I am craving it the next! Enjoy your little girl! I can't wait until mine is here. :)post #2258 of 22631/7/14 at 9:01am
I drank red raspberry leaf tea throughout all of my pregnancies. I do not know if it helped or not, but my babies were all born healthy at home.
You should know there are two varieties of red raspberry leaf tea according the The Herb Book by John Lust.
There is rubus strigosus and rubus ideaus.
Rubus ideaus is a refrigerant for fevers.
Rubus strigosus is the kind recommended for pregnant women. I have not been able to find it since I had my last baby, but according to the herbalists, that is the variety for pregnant women.post #2259 of 22631/7/14 at 4:23pm
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