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I am sure those will make some tasty teas... but I really think simpler may be better. Like if one day your stomach feels illin', just use the mints. Another day your constipated, use the laxatives.
For one, the peppermint and spearmint should only be steeped for a couple of minutes to avoid bitterness, but the Red Rasp and nettle (as pointed out by other posters) are more potent and valuable the longer you steep them. For good medicinal infusions of RRL and nettle, use a 1/2 oz of each and a quart of boiling water, steep at least 20 min, strain. Then take a 1/2 cup twice a day. I really reccommend this, especially if you are not planning on taking prenatals.
Also, I know you only use a tad, but licorice is contraindicated in pregnancy as it can facilitate high blood pressure. (there is a thread on it somewhere around here). And I don't know meadowsweet, but have found that generally it is good to avoid astringent diuretics (this goes for mints and rosehip too) during pregnancy.
so, my personal approach has been a blend of equal parts RRL, Nettle and Oatstraw(for calcium!). I steep a tbsp for 10 min. I'm not sure how it's benefited me, but I've got low bp, minimal leg cramps, no vericose veins or 'roids.
But yet, also no baby...10 days overdue.