this is a great post
i've always drunk raspberry leaf tea while pregnant and i've had lovely home-births
though i hadn't read about the dose to take when in labour
i think i'll do it this time and i must check out the book too
i wonder how much it would be on amazon ?
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.
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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 :)
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!!
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. :)
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.
This came from The Herb Book by John Lust, ND. His father, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_Lust
I have made it into a sun tea and added cubes of fresh ginger and oranges to the jar and poured it over ice... it is much more palatable that way I have found. Coincidently I drank it regularly during my 2nd pregancy and it was my easiest delivery, by far.
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Hi, I'm so intrigued by this. I'm TTC #1 via IVF and am currently waiting for AF to start the process. Is there any time that is too soon to start the tea?
Thanks and happy baby to all of you!
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I'm 14 weeks pregnant with babe #2 and I've been drinking a cup of RRL tea here and there. So far I just have the teabags from Traditional Medicinals. I usually let it steep 10-15 minutes.
After reading others thoughts on the taste of the tea, I'm wondering if mine isn't good - it tastes to me like a very mild black tea. Like if you took your average plain tea and steeped it just a minute or two. Not at all a strong flavor. I did get the tea at a discount store, but the expiration date was fine. I was planning to order some from Mountain Rose Herbs after I use the two boxes I bought, but now I'm wondering if mine isn't what it should be and I should just get rid of it?
I'd appreciate any thoughts...
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Mine only tastes bitter/strong when I make the actual labor drink (1 oz. tea in 2 cups water steeped for 30 minutes.) It's like the equivalent to putting 6 tea bags in your tea cup. When I use the same tea to make a regular cup to drink during pregnancy, it tastes fine.
I just checked and I realized they don't call it "Red" Raspberry, it's just called Raspberry Leaf. You can look under "R" in the bulk herbs and spices section (it's the first herb listed there), search for Raspberry Leaf in the search or search for the botanical name Rubus idaeus. It looks like it's $9.00 for a pound. Raspberry Leaf is so light and fluffy that a pound is a pretty big bag.
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