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<p>Anyone started drinking their pregnancy tea? If so what herbs do you brew? I started at 20 weeks so 1 month ago. Right now I am taking RRL, nettle, alfalfa and pepermint....I will had, as soon has I receive my package, lemon balm, rosehip and change the pepermint for spearmint....</p>
 

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<p>I'm drinking what you're drinking now. Probably won't add anything. Drank 3 quarts last week, nom!</p>
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<p>I drink infusions as opposed to teas, they steep for 12 or more hours. I do it for the nutritional boost. Nettle is full of iron, vit c, and just about every mineral and vitamin, RRL is great for your reporductive system, and alfalfa for the vit K for baby.</p>
 

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<p>Like you mentionned, the RRL is for preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus, good for morning sickness (but that's probably over) reducing pain during and after labor because by toning the muscles RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery (but it does not counter the pain of cervical dilation). It does not strengthen contractions but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively. And for after the baby comes its good in assisting in the production of plentiful breastmilk. It contains vitamin C, E, and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. It also contains vitamins A, B complex and many minerals. Nettle is reputed to have more chlorophyll than any other herb. It has vitamins A,C,D,K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulphur. It aids the kidneys and since the kidneys must clean 150% of the normal blood volume for most of the pregnancy, Nettle ability to nourish and stregthen them is a major importance. It's good to ease leg cramps and other muscle spasms, diminish pain during and after birth because of it's high calcium content, which is readily assismilated, helps diinish muscle pains, preventing PPH since it is a good source of vitamin K and it increases available hemoglobin, both of which decrease the likelihood of postpartum hemorrhage. It also helps reduce hemorrhoids because it tightens and stregthens bloods vessels, helps maintain arterial elasticity, and improves venous resiliency. And for after the baby comes, it also helps to increase the richness and amount of breastmilk. Now the reason you have to drink a good amount is because these herbs are tonics. So tonics need to be used regularly, for a tonic is to the cells much like exercise i to the muscles: not much use when done erratically. I<m adding the rosehip because it's high in vitamin C and helps to support the immune system (so hopefully not to many colds to come this winter). It also helps with edema and fluid retention which I had last time. Lemon balm is good for anxiety, stress and insomnia. Alfalfa is loaded with vitamins A,D,E,K, eight digestives enzymes and many minerals. It is particularly helpful in late pregnancy because the amount of vitamin K it provides promotes proper blood cloting, thus reducing PPH. And the spearmint is for taste :p (sorry about the paragraphs...for some reason my computer wouldn<t let me make any.....)</p>
 

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<p>Wow!  Thanks, Memz.  That was incredibly helpful!  I may go do some concentrated coop herb shopping rather than just use the pregnancy tea tea bags I was drinking. </p>
 

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<p>That is almost overwhelming!  I have always had a hard time drinking certain teas, but am up for trying more natural things! Thanks for the great information!</p>
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<p>Memz, you rock! Thank you for all of the info. I need to load up on my teas! Anyone have a good source for bulk teas?</p>
 

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<p>My favo source is mountainroseherb.com, most of there teas you can get, or already come, organic and they're cheaper than most places and high quality! I placed an order w/them when I found out for nettle and RRL and am trying to drink them every day! Good idea w/the peppermint/spearamint, that would make the warm teas better (I'm still drinking them iced as it's still in the 80s here).</p>
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<p>last pregnancy i just bought some bulk herbs and made them to use in a ball or reusable bag--</p>
<p>it was just nettle and red raspberry leaves, it tasted pretty good.  pretty cheap to make it that way. </p>
<p>i don't think the rrl did much for me, sadly, but my iron was always pretty good (assuming from the nettles). </p>
<p>i've been just drinking the grocery store boxed kind once in a while when i think about it, but i need to get on the ball again.</p>
 

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<p>I also buy mine from mountain rose herbs. I know it seems like a lot but I just buy them bulk and mix a few cups of each in an airtight container....</p>
 

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<p>I keep reading that alfalfa is not to be taken while pregnant. Do any of you ladies have more info on it being safe?</p>
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<p>OK, nevermind. It was just one site that said that, and I keep seeing it in all the pregnancy tea blends.</p>
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<p>I just got my bulk herbs in the mail today. So excited. Thanks for the mountain rose herbs recommendation. Last pregnancy, I just did the pregnancy tea bags, too.</p>
 

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<p>I'm finishing up my current box of the tea bags and thinking about buying herbs (in bulk) at the coop later today. </p>
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<p>I'm trying to get myself to drink a pot a day.  So far, I only meet that goal when I'm working from home.  Maybe tomorrow I'll make a thermos and bring some.  I actually really like the taste and I can't see what harm it can do <span><img alt="shrug.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_8_1320852790352_164" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/shrug.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Actually I'm feeling very persuaded by natural health techniques these days.  I started taking probiotics about a month ago and my digestion has never been better!  (Like foods I previously avoided because they gave me gas are suddenly safe to eat... even though I'm pregnant!) And, I've been completely ache and pain free now that I've started seeing a chiropracter.  I've never been opposed to any of this stuff but I've never made it a priority before and I definitely tend toward skepticism with all medical/health claims (whether they are from mainstream or natural sources).  But now I'm thinking,  let's see what the tea brings!</span></p>
 

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<p>so, i am placing a frontier order this week. wondering if you all are recommending 'stinging nettle' or 'nettle'.</p>
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<p>also, are you doing equal parts of each of these?</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gunter</strong> <a href="/community/t/1334218/pregnancy-tea#post_16754412"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>so, i am placing a frontier order this week. wondering if you all are recommending 'stinging nettle' or 'nettle'.</p>
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<p>also, are you doing equal parts of each of these?</p>
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<br><br><p>I don't know as much about herbs as some of the other ladies in this thread, so, I could be wrong. But I got the pregnancy tea from Mountain Rose Herbs, as well as an additional pound of RRL, and when I was putting some in a bag the other day, it stung my finger. When I looked I saw little, itty bitty pricklers in my finger. I'm thinking definitely stinging. hah!</p>
 

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<p>Hmm, nettle and stinging nettle I thought were interchangable terms. The nettle plant stings so they recommend being careful, using gloves while harvesting. It might refer to the part of the nettle? There is a lot of good information on Susan Weed's website, she's a well known herbalist. She even has a free online intro course which is great (most of the pp information about the herbs seemed to have come directly from it!).</p>
<p>IMO nettle tea is nasty, I appreciate the suggestion for mixing it with spearamint, it's much better this way:)</p>
<p>I ordered a lb of RRL and 1/2 lb of nettle when I found out I was pregs and had to order more poundage a couple weeks ago! Susan Weed recommends making an infusion for max benefits...1 C dried tea to 1 quart water. Pour the boiling/simmering water into the tea and cover tightly, let it steep for 7-8hrs and consume w/in a couple days. It's strong so I water it down, but trying to drink as much as possible! Lemon is good in RRL;)</p>
 
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