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post #41 of 2269
Hiya, Everybody!

I've been drinking RRL tea religiously since I was about 14 weeks along, when my midwife recommended I start. I just buy Traditional Medicinals proprietary mix, and steep it as I drink. I'm much crampier and feel many more contractions this time than the first time, but that may be a product of a second pregnancy. Who knows?

Anyway, if there's time and I have the wherewithall to remember, I plan to do the final hot infusion during labor. I spent an hour pushing Meg out, and was finally given an "emergency episiotomy" because the doctor thought she was in distress (she was fine). Won't it be great if the RRL helps this time?

Raising my cuppa to you all,
Kam, mamamama! to Meg and one more, due March 2006
post #42 of 2269
As I read this thread I remembered that I had a box of RRL teabags somewhere in the back of my cupboard. I used to take it for painful periods.
I'm gonna hop on the bandwagon and start taking it daily! If it could help and doesn't hurt, then why not!
post #43 of 2269
Thread Starter 
Welcome, Kam and lotus.blossom! : for quick and happy labors & births--for all of us!
post #44 of 2269
I am so happy this thread got bumped. I love RRL tea I drink two cups a day and don't feel right without it.
post #45 of 2269
I don't feel like doing much of anything until I've had my cup of RRL tea, but the energy doesn't last the whole day so I've been drinking Barley Max too because I'm not sure how much RRL tea would be too much. It has helped.
post #46 of 2269
yea! just found this great thread!

i get my rrl ( and all my herbs) from blessedherbs.com. one pound of organic rrl is about $15 and their quality is always excellant.

To the mamas drinking Traditional Medicinals or other store bought teas--its so much more economical to buy in bulk. TM is great when you're in a pinch and need something fast from the local health food store, but bulk herbs are much fresher and cost so much less. Not to mention less packaging.

I have a question about when to drink it during labor---someone posted that you drink it when you're "about to deliver".....I assume you drink it when you start having regular contractions?

And one more thing--rrl is not just for prenancy, but for lots of "womens problems" and just general health and wellness--lots of vitamins and minerals!
post #47 of 2269
Hey mamas, count me in. I'm 20 weeks, and have been drinking the pregnancy tea daily, but am planning on getting the RRl tea this week. Great info!!!
post #48 of 2269

I love Mountain Rose herb company!

I've gotten the most fresh Organic red raspberry leaves here:
Mountain Rose herbs

It's $7.75 per pound and is unbelievably yummy.
post #49 of 2269
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link, Meggles--I'm going to place an order later today. Any recommendations on how much to buy, considering I have a little less than 4 months to go? (How long does a pound last for you?)
post #50 of 2269
i love rrl !! I have drank it through both of my pregnancy's and have started making infustions of rrl and nettle now. I'm 14 weeks along and i drink a cup a day. I'll up it to 2 cups a day in a couple weeks.
I buy it organic and in bulk. It's true that it is much cheaper and much more fresh in bulk (usually)

Before my last ds was born i made really strong rrl infusions and mixed it with orange juice then i froze it into popcycles for during and after labour! It was the best thing i ever did!!lol.
post #51 of 2269
oohhh...popsicles! i love it!
post #52 of 2269
Popscicles sound good with the oj, chinacat. I'll have to store that in the memory. No wait, I'm pregnant. No memory! (I'll have to re-read this thread in 30 weeks)
post #53 of 2269

I'll be joining you in a few weeks!

I am going to wait until the second trimester to join you RRL tea drinking mamas. I was diagnosed with insufficient glandular tissue after the birth of my dd and red raspberry leaf tea, as well as alfalfa leaf, nettle, oat-straw, dandelion leaf and red clover are recommended in glandular growth and preparedness during pregnancy. So I shall be an herbal tea drinking machine.

Bottoms up!
post #54 of 2269
Chiming in again-
I just got RRL at Whole Foods in their dry/bulk herbals section. I did the math and it would work out to be about $11.84 for a pound there.
I also got peppermint too while I was there- how much of that should I add in to my RRL mix? I know its 1 tea. for a cup for RRL and I don't want to overpower the RRL with peppermint..
post #55 of 2269
Hi mamas,

I'm not pregnant, but I wanted to chime in. My last pregnancy almost every day I drank a combination of:

RRL
nettles
oatstraw
alfalfa
chamomille
red clover
dandelion rt
burdock rt

And my pregnancy and labor and birth were absolutely fabulous and pretty much painless. My birth story is in my sig--the 11/04 hyperlink.

Best of luck to you all on your pregnancies and births
post #56 of 2269
When is the best time to start the tea? (We just got a this afternoon. Thank God! My depression couldn't take any more negatives...)

I did some reading about rrl, but I've seen lots of different opinions. Not in the 1st tri, only in the 3rd tri, throughout preganacy...My mw said not during the 1st because too much (I believe copious was the word she used) can cause uterine stilumation. But would 1 cup a day be considered too much?

Also, I've seen some of you ladies mention increasing the amount as you get further along. Any opinions on that versus the same amount throughout?

Thanks for your help.
post #57 of 2269
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Originally Posted by chalynm
When is the best time to start the tea? (We just got a this afternoon. Thank God! My depression couldn't take any more negatives...)

I did some reading about rrl, but I've seen lots of different opinions. Not in the 1st tri, only in the 3rd tri, throughout preganacy...My mw said not during the 1st because too much (I believe copious was the word she used) can cause uterine stilumation. But would 1 cup a day be considered too much?

Also, I've seen some of you ladies mention increasing the amount as you get further along. Any opinions on that versus the same amount throughout?

Thanks for your help.
Hey, I don't know your pregnancy history.. I have had 5 m/cs so I tend to follow the advice of skipping the RRL for the first trimester. I actually did try it once during the first trimester with my son (who is now almost 2.5yrs) and even after a very weak, half a glass of tea, i started bleeding... GYN couldn't find a reason for it. It was new blood and a lot.

So I just avoid it since then until I am around 18ish weeks along.. then I start having it when I feel like it. Taking it daily now. I don't increase the amount, just one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water, soaking for 20 minutes, as I believe in gentle stimulation, not overdoing it.

That is from listening to my body though.. you will need to listen to yours.

HTH!
post #58 of 2269
Hi mamas! I'll be drinking my RRL tea soon. m/s kinda delayed my normal drinking pattern and I've just been forgetting to get into the habit! I'll be drinking a cup of my own blend of herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, it tastes like the Traditional Medicinals.

I drank Traditional Medicinals my first two pregnancies from very early on. I have no trouble dialating and effacing and once labor kicks in I do pretty well (only 8 hours for my first birth, a 38w induction and only 4 hours for my second birth). I drank 1-2 cups daily, but didn't do the stronger labor infusion.

So anyway, I'm ready to get back on the RRL tea blend bandwagon.
post #59 of 2269
hi, ive been reading this thread for a while, and while i like the idea of rasberry leaf tea, i cant drink the stuff. i am in second trimester, just starting to feel less pukey, and every time i take so much as a sip of RRL tea i get sick within a few minutes. its supposed to be good for me, but my body does not want it. what gives?
post #60 of 2269
Quote:
Originally Posted by kittyhead
hi, ive been reading this thread for a while, and while i like the idea of rasberry leaf tea, i cant drink the stuff. i am in second trimester, just starting to feel less pukey, and every time i take so much as a sip of RRL tea i get sick within a few minutes. its supposed to be good for me, but my body does not want it. what gives?
I think just give yourself sometime. The nausea will go away when it's ready to, and then maybe you should try drinking RRL tea again. I had the same problem with trying to keep down fish oil capsules, and now they don't bother me at all.

Good luck!
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