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C

Be careful when drink teas in pregnancy! Especially if you have any preterm contractions. Raspberry tea leaves are know to cause contractions and labor. My OBGYN informed me of this. I am working on my fourth baby, and they have all been premature so far. Just check the ingredient list to make sure.

I suppose this would be good for those who WANT to go into labor, after they're due!

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Nora

good advice to be careful with teas, or any herbal remedy, check with your midwife. OB's dont have the time to study natural remedies so they tend to say no to everything. Midwives have experience and education.

I was two weeks early with both mine (which was erfectly fine, born at 6 lbs and some each and doubled their weight within a season! my midwive had me drinking red rasberry leaf tea ontop of the herbal tea i had been drinking the whole pregnancy, since the 36th week. I had a four hour labor my second birth which was done at home with the midwife. no complications infact i am sure i birthed an incredibly perfect magnificent ascended being.

Find a midwife, doctors arent truely equipped for the spiritual birth that is labor delivery and post partum care!

Anonymous

Actually red raspberry leaf tea is good for pregnancy, strengthening and better preparing the uterus for labor. Doctors warn against it based on a VERY flawed 1954 study involving guinea pigs.

First recorded in the 1500’s, red raspberry leaf tea (Rubus ideas) has been used for centuries in Europe, China, and both North and South America. This popular tea has earned the reputation of 'herb-supreme' amongst pregnant women. According to folklore it can relieve almost any discomfort of pregnancy from morning sickness to leg cramps. And there may be good reason for its reputation.

Red raspberry leaf tea is very high in an assortment of nutrients including calcium, iron, and B vitamins, all of which are very important during pregnancy. The herb also contains a variety of chemicals -most of which have yet to be identified- that produce a direct effect on the pregnant uterus. They have been shown to strengthen the uterine wall, relax smooth muscle, and help to make delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently.

Historically women have taken raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies up to and including childbirth. Many mothers extol this herb's ability to make childbirth easier and less painful. In a letter to the editor of the medical journal The Lancet, Dr. Violet Russel wrote 'somewhat shamefacedly I have encouraged expectant mothers to drink this infusion. In a great many cases labour has been free and easy from muscular spasm.'

Some women also drink the tea throughout their labour, or suck on frozen cubes made beforehand. It reportedly helps expel the placenta, and its nutritional value is thought to be responsible for encouraging and enriching the mother's breastmilk. Many women continue to drink the tea long after childbirth as it is thought to help restore the reproductive system and continue to help nourish the new mother.

Studies have not yet been done to give us statistical data on the use of raspberry leaf tea, but as more women and health professionals discover its potential, its popularity will surely continue to grow. This is one herb that all pregnant women should have in their cupboards!

NOTE: Some medical and popular media make reference to raspberry leaf tea as something to avoid during pregnancy for risk of miscarriage. This notion stems from a study conducted in 1954 where fractions were isolated from Rubus sp. and applied in vitro to the uterine tissues of guinea pigs and frogs. The scientists discovered such things as one fraction acted as a spasmolytic whereas another caused uterine contractions. Herein lies the risk of isolating the parts of a whole. When used as a whole plant, neither action is exacerbated and the herb is deemed safe. If a mother is prone to miscarriages she may feel safer avoiding raspberry until the third trimester. This is an herb with centuries of safe use behind it, there is usually little cause for concern.

References
C.J. Briggs and K. Briggs, Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, April 1997
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Healing for Women, Fireside, 1993
Richard Mabey, The New Age Herbalist, Gaia Books, 1988
Susun S. Weed, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Ash tree Publishing, 1986
Joy Gardner, Healing Yourself During Pregnancy, The Crossing Press, 1987

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