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I am 32 weeks...should I start drinking RRL tea now and if so, how much?

Also...what kind of tea is good for anemia?
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You can drink RRL tea through your whole pg so no problem to start now. It just tones your uterus it does not stimulate labor in any way. I started taking it late in the 2nd tri with DD#1 because I had irritable uterus. I think nettles help with anemia but I could be wrong.
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I thought nettles weren't good during preg, but maybe it's that they're not good during bf. I'd doublecheck...

RRL -- It's a diuretic, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

Just curious why do you want to drink a tea for anemia? Seems like it would be easier to handle by eating chicken or taking Floridex.
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My midwife recommends (and late in my last preg. 28 weeks on? I used)nettles tea to help prevent hemorrhoids. Not my favorite post partum experience.

As for tea to help with anemia, Peppermint is safe after the first trimester and contains highly absorbable amounts of vitamins A, C, silica, potassium, and iron.

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Nettles are actually a galactophage (sp?) so they are considered safe while BFing. I had nettles in my pg tea so as far as I know they are safe while pg as well. Just found this link which says nettles are fine in a tonic (tea?) but stinging nettles taken in large quantities can be an abortafacient.

http://www.homemakingcottage.com/mother/takeherbs.html

My pg tea had nettles, alfalfa and dandelion leaves as well as RRL and mint. I remember at least one of those things was good for anemia. :LOL
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Hi Nettles is great for Hemroids - I drank it throughout my 2nd & 3rd Tri last time around and didn't have one problem with them! Also, it has a lot of vitmin K witch is good for blood clotting ( ? from what i remember ) Since I had so much in the last prego months I felt comfortable Refusing the Vitamin K shot that most Hoospitals administer to the baby regularly!
Alfalfa is great for anemia! You can do the tea, or tablets, and it doesn't cause constipation like iron pills.....Also a + if you have problems with Hemroids!
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Just thought I'd pop in and say I'm taking RRL capsules several times a day.
When I first started taking them, I got Braxton Hicks A LOT. But after awhile, the BH went away and that was it. I don't know if that's a side effect of the RRL, but I thought I'd mention it.

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I'm at about the same stage and taking RRL capsules 3x / day. They've helped a LOT with the irritable uterus stuff. Also, I was anemic in my last pregnancy, and nettles and floradix totally fixed it.
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My midwife recommends 3 cups per day every day throughout pregnancy.

Unfortunately I think it's the most vile tasting stuff I have ever swallowed so I haven't had a cup in months. :

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Sadly none of that remotely helped my hemmrhoids. Oh well. :LOL
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I started the RRL tea this week, the start of my 3rd tri. (it's a vomit inducer for me in the early months so I always wait a while)

I make it iced, using 3 bags to make 2 quarts. Right now I am having a big glass every morning and will increase that amount. With my last pg I was averaging 2 quarts a day in the last month.
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