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post #21 of 31
rrl has been recommended by herbalists (and used in chinese medicine for a very long time) to prevent miscarriage and prepare the uterus for childbirth. i don't know these facts from experience, but the same herbalists & midwives that i know that have recommended it, have also recommended ginger tea for morning sickness, and that worked for me. so that by way of saying that for me, i guess i trust the wisdow of herbal medicine.

as for drinking rrl instead of going to the gym ... the smooth muscle of the uterus (stomach, intestines, blood vessels, etc) are different from the skeletal muscles that benefit from weight lifting. there are herbs that affect those muscles, too - weight lifters and body builders often use herbs to supplement their training.

now, i'm sure there are herbal meds which may make bogus claims, just as there are synthetic drugs that also may make bogus claims.
post #22 of 31
meggles - thanx for the info on rescue remedy ... and tip about hot water! i never thought of that.
post #23 of 31
I'm drinking a quart of tea each day which includes raspberry leaf, red clover, nettle, oatstraw and rose hips. My midwife gave it to me. She gets it from someone in Berkeley.
post #24 of 31
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asana mama, that sounds good. teas are so comforting.

B
post #25 of 31
more anecdotal information abour red raspberry leaf tea-

there is a homebirth midwife in my area who instructs her VBAC mothers to drink at least 1 quart a day of RRL infusion (hot or iced) and after over 200 homebirth VBACs she has never had to transfer to the hospital with a VBAC mother and never had a mother's uterus rupture.

both Susun Weed and Aviva Jill Romm have more information on the amazing benefits of RRL and nettle in their books. i strongly recommend them for pregnancy, birth and postpartum herbal information. Aviva Jill Romm has a fantastic Nourishment Tonic she recommends throughout pregnancy that is nettle, red raspberry leaf, oatstraw, alfalfa, red clover, rose hips and spearmint. IMHO it's better than any synthetic prenatal vitamin on the market these days. (that and i can't take pills while i'm pregnant anyway b/c of a heightened gag reflex)
post #26 of 31
Where would one get this Nourishment Tonic?
post #27 of 31
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Aviva Jill Romm have more information on the amazing benefits of RRL and nettle in their books.
I have her "Naturally Healthy Babies and Children" book, (which is really really good) what book are you referring to??

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there is a homebirth midwife in my area who instructs her VBAC mothers to drink at least 1 quart a day of RRL infusion (hot or iced) and after over 200 homebirth VBACs she has never had to transfer to the hospital with a VBAC mother and never had a mother's uterus rupture.
Honestly, the power of nature is truley astounding. Love it!
Thanks for sharing!
post #28 of 31
she has two books i can't live without when i'm pregnant- The Natural Pregnancy Book- this is the book that has the Nourishment Tonic recipie in it. and Natural Health After Birth-which every woman should read during her fourth or fifth month of pregnancy so she has enough time to implement her postpartum guidance.
post #29 of 31


I want to get Motherings Having a Baby Naturally, too, guess I need to add those as well
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
Great book recomendations! They all sound great!
post #31 of 31
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Originally Posted by StacyL
Ok, I have to say that "strengthen and tone the tissue of the uterus" sounds like, cough, bull*@#!, to me...

And strengthening contractions during labor itself or slowing hemmorhage would only seem likely if you took some during labor, and personally my contractions were plenty strong enough, thank you very much!

But I suppose if someone liked the way it tasted and it had a placebo effect than it would be harmless.

Red Raspberry leaves have been used for centuries, but more recently scientific studies have been done to measure their effects.

It is a "tonic" for the unterus - that isn't like a fake supplement that claims to tone the muscles in the thighs without exercise. The RRL Helps improve the effectiveness of contractions - not make them feel stronger. It is helpful to tone the muscles of the uterus, build up your iron supply, and help prepare your uterus for birth - as well as help w/ hemmorhaging afterwards.

It's one thing to be curious or skeptical - and you don't have to use it if you don't want to - but your comments seemed obnoxious to me.
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