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Where is the best place to buy it? It is better to buy in bulk? What infussions and how much will you drink a day? Any cool stories from drinking it in previous pregnancies? Is there a difference between RED raspberry and raspberry leaf?


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I just started this week. I know there is a debate over whether to wait until later in the pregnancy or to take it throughout, the CNMs at my birth center suggest taking it throughout, so I am going with that :)

 

I'm not sure if you have Vitamin Cottage in Iowa, but that's where I get mine in bulk and it is very inexpensive! I just use enough to fill my tea ball with for each cup. I also Have used the Pregnancy Tea from Traditional Medicinals, which has RRL as well as nettle leaf and strawberry leaf. The box says to have 4 cups a day, but I am only doing 1 a day, but might take more closer to the birth.

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I used to by the pre-made tea bags, but they are so pricey so I am making my own tea using Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle and a few other ingredients that I read in The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm. I'll find the recipe tonight and post it tomorrow if anyone is interested.  (Actually, that book is very helpful if you are interested in what types of herbs & supplements are good or counter indicated for pregnancy. )

 

I bought a bunch of the bulk herbs from my local natural food store and I was surprised at how cheap it was. The jars all say $15 or $20 per pound on them, but since tea is so lightweight, it ends up being cheap. I think I spent about $15 all together and mixed it to almost fill a gallon size ziplock baggie.  I use about 1/4c each day, and the bag lasts a couple of months.

 

As for the difference between the two, red raspberry leaf tea is the actual green leaf from the plant. When you buy plain raspberry tea (this is my favorite for iced tea), it is usually just black or another tea flavored with the actual raspberry fruit, which makes it that bright magenta color.

 

 


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I planned on starting in the next couple weeks. Probably at 20w. I drank it with DD, but I don't think I started till around 36 weeks. I have no idea if it helped anything, but I figure I might as well try it again!


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I started drinking a cup/day a couple of weeks ago.  I drank it in my last pregnancy and had a terrific labor :)


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I drink a slightly diluted 20oz water bottle a day of tea made from 1part Nettle leaf, 1/2 part oatstraw, 1 part RRL and 1/2 part Alfalfa leaf. Although my midwife recommends starting it right away I waited until I was 10 weeks for so. I brew up a pot, steep it over night, drain into a pitcher and store in the fridge. I made a new batch every 3-4 days.


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I started around 9 or so weeks drinking 1 or 2 cups of hot tea each day.  I've kind of gotten tired of the tea so I've been taking 4 capsules a day (2 capsules, 2 times/day).


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I've been drinking it on and off since the beginning of my pregnancy.  I too buy from my local health food store and make up a mixture of RRL, nettle, alfalfa, and spearmint to lighten the earthy flavor.


I've read a good portion of the enormous thread in the Pregnancy forum.  I guess Mountain Rose Herbs has good prices but are frequently out of stock and on back order.

There are also some really cool labor stories about making the final infusion as labor begins of 1 oz of RRL in x amt of water (I can't remember the exact amt) and letting it steep for 30 min.  Those mamas said it brought on a pretty labor and delivery for them with very little effort. 

It's all very interesting.

I need to be more consistent with it.


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I drank RRL alot during my twin pregnancy since it helped calm my PTL.  I had a 2 hour labor with my first twin.  I drank straight RRL (loose-leaf, 1 T steeped 10 minutes)--I started early on and 3 or 4 cups from 30 weeks on.


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Whoah, I think I missed the memo.  Is this something I should be drinking?!?  I've been on a regular Snapple regimen, but can definitely switch ;)

 

Would someone mind please explaining the benefits of RRL tea?  I was under the impression this was something to take if you were really overdue and needed to bring on labor?

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is helpful for muscle tone in the uterus. It is believed to help labor be more effective because of the improved muscle tone.

 

I buy it in bulk online. I use about 2-3 tablespoons to make one pot of tea and leave it to steep for about 10-15 minutes. I'll usually drink it hot, but if I know I'm going to be out a lot that day I'll make it up the night before and chill in the fridge then drink it like water. I started taking it within the first couple of weeks of finding out I was pregnant, but not every day. Now at 14 weeks I'm starting to take it every day. Last time I waited until 36 weeks before taking it daily and I didn't feel like it worked, but I had a malpostioned baby and 5 weeks probably wasn't long enough for any real benefit.


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I take a prenatal vitamin by Garden of Life called "Vitamin Code Raw" that has red raspberry leaf in it along with a fruit , sprout, veggie/green blend with ginger and probiotics. It's in a capsule form, and it's the only one I can take...because it doesn't STINK and make me vomit. redface.gif It's a little spendy, but I figure I'm worth a dollar 25 a day. I also drink red rasp tea chilled...I just don't do hot drinks well. My husband will make me tea, and I'll just let it sit till it's cold and then happily gulp it down. It drives him crazy. eyesroll.gif

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I just placed an order from a woman on Etsy for her custom RRL tea blend. 

 

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I contacted about ordering a bulk quantity and she came back with a bag that has enough loose tea for 150 cups of brewed tea. I can't wait to try it!

 

Here's the description of the tea from her site:

 

"(Organic Caffeine Free Herbal Tea) This tea blend is designed with Pregnant Mothers to be in mind! I use all organic ingredients and hand blend this tea in small batches to ensure quality. These herbs come together to aid the body in uterine support as well as alleviating nausea, calming the digestive system, soothing heartburn and many other herbal benefits! I am a mother of 2 children and currently pregnant with my third child and I drink this tea daily!
Raspberry Leaf brings many benefits to this tea including soothing leg cramps, easing morning sickness and acting as a uterine relaxant! Lemon balm is useful for treating nervous disturbances of sleep and chronic gastrointestinal disorders. This tea blend has an added benefit of peppermint. It has been written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea. I also add ginger for its numerous health benefits! Scientists have found evidence to support gingers wide range of medicinal actions including; the lowering of cholesterol levels, relief for allergies and asthma, arthritis, colds, and nausea; and protecting the digestive tract and liver against toxins and parasites...along with many other benefits. Alfalfa is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin K, and that is why I add Alfalfa leaves to this Pregnancy blend. This nutrient helps blood to clot by moving calcium into proteins that form microscopic net to capture red blood cells. Alfalfa also helps keep calcium in the bones and out of the lining of arteries. And for a little added pampering I add Oat Tops: Oats are known to help the body in the management of healthy skin, hair and nails!

This tea is not a commercial blend, but I personally hand mix it in small batches to ensure quality and uniformity of each and every custom tea tin.

Brew: Steep 1 teaspoon in 8 oz water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 5-7 minutes.

Organic Ingredients: Raspberry Leaf, Nettle Root, Lemon Balm Leaves, Oat Tops, Alfalfa Leaves, Strawberry Leaves, Rose Hips, Rose Petals, Ginger, Peppermint Leaves, Chocolate Mint Leaves

Taste: Warm and Peacefully calm with notes of soothing peppermint

Each tin contains ½ cup of loose tea and will make approximately 20 cups of brewed tea."


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I just have Yogi tea bags right now, but I'm going to go check out a couple local herb shops to see if i can find good quality RRL cheaper than ordering it online. I try to drink 1-3 cups a day, though if I don't have it brewed in the fridge I forget.


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What is a good proportion to make?  1 Tablespoon to 20 oz water?  I plan on starting this at around 20 weeks, so I still have a few weeks to go. 


 


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I make it iced, 1 bag (about 1tsp) to 8oz water and steep for at least 10-15mins. I think it has more to do with how long it is steeped than how much is used in each cup. 


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 I've been drinking it pretty much since I got the positive---I'm a tea drinker anyway, so when I was buying tea a the co-op I just for the RRL jar, too.   teapot2.GIF

 

I love it cold, and I've heard that RRL tea popsicles are wonderful in the summer!  I had a late winter baby last time, but this time I think popsicles are in order.


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I don't like it straight iced, but mixed it with my usual peach tea and like it this way.  I made the equivilant of 2 cups and mixed it into a 2 quart pitcher (how much I drink/day).  

 

I can't remember what the bagged tea tastes like, but I hear that the loose leaf tastes better.  I've been thinking about adding some nettle to up my vitamin & iron content--anyone know how that tastes?


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I have nettle in my blend an I like it. But I love it plain and earthy. I don't do a lot of sweet drinks :)


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I can't remember what the bagged tea tastes like, but I hear that the loose leaf tastes better. 


Yes, loose-leaf tea nearly always tastes better than bagged!  Tea leaves expand in volume greatly when they come in contact with hot water, and the bag prevents the leaves from reaching their full potential (so to speak).   This is the same reason that those tiny metal tea balls make lousy tea. 
 


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I keep forgetting to post this! Here's the recipe I use, and I really love it:

 

2 parts red raspberry leaf (good vits, tones uterine muscles, high iron)

2 parts nettle leaf (good for kidneys, blood vessels, iron)

1 part oatstraw (calcium, mag, increases calcium intake, relaxed muscles)

1/2 part alfalfa (protein, vit A, D, E B6, K, calcium, iron, mag)

1/2 part rose hips, crushed (Vit C, healthy circulatory & immune system)

1/4 part red clover

1/4 part spearmint leaf or more if you like minty flavor (yummy taste!)

 

Mix all dried herbs together and store in airtight container away from heat and light. To prepare the infusion, place a heaping 1/4 cup of mixture in quart-sized jar. Add boiling water, cover and let steep for 20 min-1hr. Strain. Sweeten with honey if desired. This can sit in the fridge for several days and is good cold. 

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Tina, that's the recipe I use, too.  Except I usually omit the spearmint--just personal preference.

 

I didn't drink RRL w/DD1, but I did w/DD2.  My first labor was 17 hrs and my second was 2.5!  There are some other variables as well, but I'm convinced the RRL contributed.  Also, I know some shorter labors can be too intense, but mine was completely manageable.  thumb.gif

 

I don't start RRL until the 2nd trimester, and I've bought RRL from Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier.


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I didn't drink RRL w/DD1, but I did w/DD2.  My first labor was 17 hrs and my second was 2.5!  There are some other variables as well, but I'm convinced the RRL contributed.  Also, I know some shorter labors can be too intense, but mine was completely manageable.  

 

My 2 hour labor was intense, but also completely managable.  I think since I had PTL, I went straight into transition, but it wasn't terrible like transition in my first two births.  My first two labors were both around 12 hours long. 


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I have some tea bags as well and just started drinking last week!  I definitely want to start brewing larger amounts for iced tea - much easier to drink throughout the day that way.  I didn't really do it with my first and would love to see the difference it makes in labor this time around!!  I might buy some bulk b/c the tea bags are mad expensive.


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I have drunk this with all of my pregnancies and it seems to help with labor - or not.  It's hard to say.  I really enjoy the taste and drink a quart a day.  I buy in bulk from Mountain Rose herbs on-line and often mix it with nettle or dandelion.  Very good!  I put a handful in a quart jar and pour boiling water over and let it steep overnight and then it's ready to go for the next day!  Good stuff!!

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thanks everyone for your responses! Lot's of great ideas! I started drinking this week. I bought a small amount in bulk at the health food store and was super surprised by how cheap it was and I actually liked it straight up plain red raspberry leaf. yum!! I just hope I dont get tired of it anytime soon. :) I guess adding other herbs and changing up between cold and hot might be the key. thanks for all your great ideas!! :)


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Went ahead and started drinking it today! I got 6 boxes of the Traditional Medicine's from Amazon for $16.


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Went ahead and started drinking it today! I got 6 boxes of the Traditional Medicine's from Amazon for $16.



I bought it in bulk online for only $8 a lb. I had no idea how much a lb of tea was, but as we buy imported coffee beans online too and usually buy several lbs at a time I decided to buy 2lb of the tea. I was so shocked by how much tea I ended up with. I could drink it by the gallon everyday and not run out of tea by the end of this pregnancy. It also tastes much nicer than the teabag stuff (which is way overpriced.) I have a wonderful mesh basket that came with my teapot for using loose leaf teas and it brews up so much better than I ever got using the tea bags.


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Hi Lyn,

 

Would you mind sharing where you ordered from?

 

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I bought it in bulk online for only $8 a lb. I had no idea how much a lb of tea was, but as we buy imported coffee beans online too and usually buy several lbs at a time I decided to buy 2lb of the tea. I was so shocked by how much tea I ended up with. I could drink it by the gallon everyday and not run out of tea by the end of this pregnancy. It also tastes much nicer than the teabag stuff (which is way overpriced.) I have a wonderful mesh basket that came with my teapot for using loose leaf teas and it brews up so much better than I ever got using the tea bags.



 


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