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<p>Anyone in the club starting red raspberry leaf early-ish? I know there was a truly massive tribe about this a while ago... it is one of the few things I can really stick with, pregnancy long, and I feel that it helps fill nutritional gaps.</p>
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<p>I drank it the entire 3rd tri last time, and I was impressed. I dilated quickly and didn't lose much blood.</p>
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<p>This time, I started at 17 weeks with a mix of:</p>
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<p>1 part RRL (this and other herbs loose cut bulk)</p>
<p>1 part oatstraw</p>
<p>1 part nettles</p>
<p>1 part alfalfa</p>
<p>sprinkles of chamomile buds & rose hips</p>
<p>cinnamon stick for taste/insulin moderation for all these carbs I'm eating</p>
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<p>Brew it in a thermal carafe filled w/boiling water for at least an hour, then strain and drink. So far, my toothache has already subsided (could be coincidence but I think it is the oatstraw,) and my headaches are easing (not coincidence. Happened last time too.)</p>
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<p>And I've just started noticing a few BH.</p>
 

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<p>I had a cup the other day if that counts? lol.</p>
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<p>I definitely plan on drinking it regularly beginning soon though.</p>
 

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<p>I generally avoid RRL tea .. as I have to many warm-up (BH) contractions without it.. and things go crazy with it.</p>
 

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<p>I use the same ratio </p>
<p>1 part RRL (this and other herbs loose cut bulk)</p>
<p>1 part oatstraw</p>
<p>1 part nettles</p>
<p>1 part alfalfa</p>
<p>but add red roobius and sugar (sp?) to it for taste.  Sometimes I add dandelion if I feel like my liver is feeling sluggish, or marshmellow root/leaf if Im having heartburn.  I brew mine up in a quart jar and let it sit all night, then add it to a two quart jar in the morning and dilute with water.  I drink it all day. </p>
 

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<p>My prenatal has rrl in it, but I was going to ask my midwife about starting the tea soon. Anyone know how long a box stays good? I have a box from my first pregnancy bought in summer 07 that has been in a ziploc bag ever since and has no expiration date on it.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>becca_howell</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287256/rrl-other-tea#post_16138222"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My prenatal has rrl in it, but I was going to ask my midwife about starting the tea soon. Anyone know how long a box stays good? I have a box from my first pregnancy bought in summer 07 that has been in a ziploc bag ever since and has no expiration date on it.</p>
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I'm sure its good in the sense that it won't hurt you, but I think I would want fresh stuff. Dried culinary herbs lose most of their punch over 3 years, medicinal ones might as well. I'm not even crazy about the tea bags, though- I like the bulk herbs.</p>
 

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<p>RRL is a uterine tonic, and is great for iron supplementation... and no it's not going to bring on labour. :) I know some women say they get BH ctx when they drink it, but that does not equal labour by a long shot.</p>
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<p>I started drinking 2 litres of it per day in my last pregnancy and it was great! My iron levels were better than they'd ever been in my life (I was taking other supplementation as well), I felt great, I barely bled after birth and my labour was 3 hours long and very easy. :)</p>
<p>I haven't started drinking it in this pregnancy yet, but I probably will by late by the time I'm in my third trimester. I hate the taste of it, so what I'd do is boil up the 2L at night and add a few packets of stevia, then pour it into a container to freeze overnight. I'd  take it out first thing in the morning and sip on it as it melted all day. Being ice cold with the taste of stevia masked the flavour enough for me to stomach it, and after a while it wasn't so bad.</p>
 

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<p>I drank it religiously w/ my other pregnancy and only one cup w/ this one so far. I'm just not sold on it. My labor increased by ten hours w/ the baby I actually took it for compared to the one where I didn't drink a drop. I did have a glass last week. Maybe I need to start making it with the other stuff, too. </p>
 

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<p>It is def better w/the other herbs- taste wise, and I think health wise.</p>
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<p>Once I get to the end, I'll do the really strong RRL only brew, but for now, it is only about 20% of my tea mix.</p>
 

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<p>I've been drinking some Traditional Medicinals RRL tea and the Yogi Pregnancy Tea.  I really prefer the straight RRL tea flavor to the mixture tea.  Not sure why.  I know the blend is probably a better balance.  I really like to brew it myself but Mountain Rose Herbs, where I usually buy it, has been out of stock for about a month now.  Anyone know of another place online to purchase bulk RRL?</p>
 

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<p>I really like Pacific Botanicals.  Their herbs are always such awesome quality.  I used to order from Mountain Rose but got sick of never having my whole order in stock.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.pacificbotanicals.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pacificbotanicals.com/</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KarenMT</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287256/rrl-other-tea#post_16140931"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I've been drinking some Traditional Medicinals RRL tea and the Yogi Pregnancy Tea.  I really prefer the straight RRL tea flavor to the mixture tea.  Not sure why.  I know the blend is probably a better balance.  I really like to brew it myself but Mountain Rose Herbs, where I usually buy it, has been out of stock for about a month now.  Anyone know of another place online to purchase bulk RRL?</p>
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I'm a little late, but Penn Herb Co have been great- I got my last batch from them. They came in resealable bags, which was nice.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jeminijad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287256/rrl-other-tea#post_16164636"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container">I'm a little late, but Penn Herb Co have been great- I got my last batch from them. They came in resealable bags, which was nice.</div>
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Thank you!  You are not too late.  I tried to order from Pacific Botanicals but they have a minimum order of $25 and really just want this one item. <br>
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<p>I forgot to post one small caveat.</p>
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<p>Stop drinking Nettles your last few weeks.</p>
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<p>Nettles inhibit prostaglandins and we need to let our body make that inflammation.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MamaChef</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287256/rrl-other-tea#post_16165848"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Stop drinking Nettles your last few weeks.</p>
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<p>Nettles inhibit prostaglandins and we need to let our body make that inflammation.</p>
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Thanks!  My pregnancy tea has Nettles in it so I'll remember that.  I really wouldn't mind going a week early with this baby as I am 40 and all sort of alarm bells start going off if you get close to 40 weeks as they are in fear of stillbirth.  (I'm 40).<br>
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<p>Have been drinking Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea and just picked up RRL tea a couple of days ago. Didn't do much RRL with my first two pregnancies and definitely want to this time around.</p>
 
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