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Hi folks!

I'm considering taking some raspberry tea to help tone
my uterus to prep for birth.

I've heard conflicting reports about when to START taking
the tea. I'm in my 8th week and I am trying to figure out
if the stuff CAUSES miscarriage or PREVENTS miscarriage or
is unrelated.

I'd love to hear about your personal experience AND for
previous mamas, whether or not it seemed to lead to
a shorter labor/delivery.


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hi there- pg 19 of susun Weed's "Wise Woman Herbal for the Child Bearing Year" says "Tonics During Pregnancy: Red Raspberry Leaves - Preventing miscarraige & hemorrage: Rasp leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent misc. and postpartum hemorrage from a relaxed or atonic uterus."
This is only 1 source, so you may want to check others. I took Red Raspberry Leaf , Red clover, & Nettle tea while trying to get pgnant, am drinking just RRL & nettle now. I dropd the Red Clover bcz I read differing things about it.
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Hey Priya....

Congrats on your new little person! Let me assure you that Red Raspberry does not "cause" a miscarriage. It will, however, help the uterus to expel a fetus, if a miscarriage has already occurred and the body has started uterine contractions by itself. It strengthens and tones the uterus, making contractions more effective and less painful. It is often called the Queen of Female Herbs.

I've taken Red Raspberry (in capsule and tea form) from the very moment I've known I was pregnant with both of my two. My labors have been very easy, which I attribute partially to the Red Raspberry (other part to those lovely jacuzzi tubs). Its empowering to know that I prepared my uterus to the best of my ability and to see the fruits of that preparation. Labor has been described as a marathon by some.......and you don't just show up for a marathon without any "training."

Red Raspberry's effects are cumulative, meaning, you can't just take a whole bunch at the end and expect it to work. It works best when taken over a long period of time. Hope this has helped....and btw, I took Nature Sunshine's Red Raspberry and can honestly say their quality is pretty much unmatched.

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My homeopathic doctor told me for the first trimester, have one cup of tea a day. 2nd trimester, 2 cups a day. 3rd trimester, 3 cups a day.

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I personally believe you can overdo it in the first trimester. I drank 2-3 cups a day and had some spotting in week 7. I stopped drinking it immediately and all was well. This is completely anecdotal, but I think it's great in moderation in the 1st trimester!!

I believe the best thing you can do is to consult your intuition on these matters. Your body can tell you if something is good for it or not.
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What I grew up learning is that you want to make sure that it is the Leafs that you are drinking and not the roots. So if you are just buying rasberry tea, read to make sure it is rasberry LEAF tea. If you buy them in bulk, ask when they were harvested. If they were fresh when picked, or dried on the stem. If not freash, they do not have all their nurtrents in them.

But with all tea's you really wants leafs not roots while pregnant. My mother was a midwife for many years. So this all comes from what she was taught and has passed to me.

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I drink 3 cups of The Mother Tea every day. I am 23 weeks along with my fourth. ( I


Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry is the best known, most widely used, and safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself.

Most of the benefits ascribed to regular use of Raspberry tea through pregnancy are traced to the nourishing source of vitamins and minerals found in this plant and to the strengthening power of fragrine - an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. Of special note are the rich concentration of vitamin C, the presence of vitamin E and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorous and potassium.

The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves' gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.

~ Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf assist in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.

~ Providing a safe and speedy pariuntion. Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.
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