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with my last pregnancy i drank a lot of raspberry leaf tea..which is a uterine tonic as well as a source of many vitamins.. i usually mixed it with nettle for iron and sometimes other herbs..mint or chamomile and ginger for queeziness..<br><br>
i just wanted to know if others have used it and if you think it helped your pregnancy and labour.<br><br>
i feel like it did..i always felt good drinking it and my iron was very high throughout my pregnancy which i think is due to all the tea i drank for sure! my labour went very well, it wasnt very short but it wasnt very long either..all in all it felt just right.<br><br>
anyways im a few weeks pregnant now and im making my first cup of this tonic tea now, so i wanted to share it with others.
 

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here is a bit more info that i found online..some people think its not safe in the first trimester, so talk to your midwife or research it more...<br><br>
Red Raspberry Leaf in Pregnancy<br>
(from <a href="http://konzababy.tripod.com/RRL.htm" target="_blank">http://konzababy.tripod.com/RRL.htm</a>)<br><br>
For thousands of years midwives of old and chinese herbalists have used herbs with very good results. Most of our allopathic medicines have come from herbs. A safe, commonly used herbal tonic for pregnancy is red raspberry leaf tea.<br><br>
Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, red raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.<br><br>
When to use There are two basic stances on the subject. There is agreement among many clinicians that in the 3rd trimester frequent (2- 3 cups per day of tea or 1 - 2 cups per day of infusion) is beneficial to the uterine and pelvic muscles. Red Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.<br><br>
The more radical stance is that drinking one cup of tea per day in the 1st trimester and 2 cups in the 2nd trimester and switching to the infusion in the 3rd trimester ensures a strong uterus, is good for you nutritionally and prevents miscarriage. Some say it is advised to not use it in the first trimester, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage.<br><br>
The more conservative stance is that red raspberry leaf can cause minor spotting in the beginning of a pregnancy, and some U.K. midwives claim an increase in miscarriage rates. Contact your midwife, herbalist or physician for more information. If you're thinking about using it, to be safe, just wait until you're 36 weeks along.<br><br>
What does Red Raspberry Leaf Do? Red Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions.It is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.<br><br>
Tea recipe To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons of herb and steep for ten minutes. Strain. During the first two trimesters, drink 1 cup per day. During the final trimester, drink 2-3 cups per day.<br><br>
You can harvest your own red raspberry leaves or can purchase them dried in bulk from your local health food store or organic grocery. I like to harvest my own. To dry the leaves quickly, I lay them on a cotton sheet in the back of my vehicle on a hot day with the windows closed. I use a wonderfully nourishing recipe that also includes rose hips for Vitamin C and stevia, which is naturally sweet.<br>
Tasty Prairie Tea<br><br>
My whole family loves this mild, naturally sweet herbal tea, which has no caffeine and is loaded with trace minerals. I call it 'Tasty Prairie Tea' because some of the ingredients are indigenous to the Kansas Prairie. I love a cup of it before bedtime or to soothe a sore throat. Enjoy!<br><br>
1 part fennel<br>
1 part rosehips<br>
1 part hibiscus flowers<br>
1 part melissa<br>
1 part red raspberry leaf<br>
1 part stevia<br>
1 part peppermint<br>
1 part chamomile<br><br>
Add 2 tsp of loose leaf tea to one cup of boiled water and steep for five minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.<br><br>
The information and recommendations contained in this are for reference and education only. They are not intended to replace medical diagnosis and care but to complement and inform in the area of holistic health. I urge anyone with symptoms and problems to consult qualified medical professionals.<br><br>
I originally wrote this article at Suite101.com.
 

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Thank you so much for this informative article. Do you know anything about RLTand prolactin levels? Again, thank you so much.
 

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you are welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
RLT and prolactin levels:nope! sorry..i feel like i dont know much at all about birth/pregnancy anymore!(except the intuitive stuff) even though my son is almost 2 and im going to be having another one in the summer.. i need to get reading! im going to look it up though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you are lazy like me and prefer to buy the stuff prebagged, Celestial Seasonings has some called Maternity Partner. It also has folic acid in it and is mildly berry flavored. Its a nice break from regular RLT.
 

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i *think* tea is steeped for a shorter time than an infusion. usually to make an infusion you boil the water and pour it onto dried or fresh leaves and let it steep at least 10 minutes if not longer..a decoction is when you put the fresh herbs in cold water and let them sit for a time and then bring to a boil..this is just my understanding..
 

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i have read so many good things about raspberry tea so i'm going to try it (i'm 34 weeks). The only down side for me is that i don't like hot drinks...<br><br>
do you think i would lose some of the value of the herbs if i chilled the tea?
 

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i dont think so..i usually forget what im doing and drink it once its cold anyways..it seemed to work fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
iced raspberry leaf tea with honey is yummy too..ill probably be drinking it lots when im 37 weeks.. in august! ack!
 

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I would love to drink it (so yummy) but can't this pregnancy. I have an irritable uterus (prone to contracting early) with a hisotry of preterm labor, and was specifically told my both my midwife and doula NOT to go near it. Some women don't handle it well, I guess because the LAST thing my uterus needs is a strengthening tonic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've done a lot of research on line and found there is highly conflicting information out there about it... some studies or opinions show it's safe, others say it's absolutely not safe for women with previous miscarriages or preterm labor. I for one am in no mood to be a scientific experiment, thus I'm steering clear this time.
 

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Fern!!! Congratulations!! I had no idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I'm so happy for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
and I'm drinking Yogi Tea, Mother to Be, it's very yummy and full of red raspberry leaves, plus peppermint, nettles and more...
 

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I make iced tea with red raspberry and nettles and I love it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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For my first pregnancy, especially during the last trimester, I drank a pregnancy tea (prebagged and bought at Whole Foods but I can't remember the brand) that had red raspberry leaf as well as nettles in it. I had a 5 hour natural labor. I don't know if the tea helped or not but I'm drinking it this time too. I ordered a bag of organic red raspberry leaf and a bag of organic nettles from Mountain Rose Herbs. I would like to make/find a tea made from these as well as other herbs that tasted better than just the plain ones (kind of bland). The recipe listed above sounds interesting.
 

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My midwife suggested throwing in a bag or two of Celestial Seasonings tea (raspberry or something else I liked) to flavor it - worked great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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