For The Ladies Who Drink Red Rasberry Leaf Tea

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Preggo - January 27

I want to start drinking it but I'm afraid to start drinking it this late in pregnancy. I've read up on it alot and found that it seems to be helpful in toning the uterine muscles and preparing you for labor. I'm 31 wks... is it to late to start or is it something I should have been letting my system get used to all along?

 

JP - January 27

I would like to know too. I am 31 weeks tomorrow. Also what brand of tea should we buy? How often should we drink it?

 

Preggo - January 27

I went to a nature Herb shop in town and bought "Now" Botanicals brand there are other brand names with it though. I'm pretty certain that its the one that has ..rubus idaeus.. as its main ingredient. I feel like an idiot... I've bought it but now I'm second guessing whether its to late for me to use it ...lol

 

jb - January 27

Actually I though you werent supposed to start using until at least 35 weeks because it starts to prepare the cervix for labor, can cause contractions, and can bring on labor. So I would read the box carefully. I have always thought that you dont start drinking that until the very end. Definitely past 30 weeks.

 

JP - January 27

I found this on the internet: How is Raspberry leaf taken? Raspberry leaf can be taken in tablet form, teabags, loose leaf tea, or as a tincture. Raspberry leaf can be purchased from many health food stores or from a health care pract_tioner. Due to the limited research on raspberry leaf - the ideal preparation and the ideal dosage is not known at this stage. The following guidelines on consuming raspberry leaf during pregnancy have been taken from Parsons (1999): Tablets - Take two 300mg or 400mg tablets with each meal (three times a day) from 32 weeks. Teabags - 1st trimester- one cup per day -2nd trimester - two cups per day -3rd trimester - up to 4 to 5 teabag cups throughout the day. Loose leaf tea - Bring one cup of water to the boil. Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of the herb. Stir, cover and let sit for ten minutes (do not boil the herb), strain and sip. Adding sugar or honey many improve the taste. 2 to 3 cups per day is often recommended especially after 28 weeks of pregnancy. Tincture - A tincture is an alcoholic extract of the herb raspberry leaf. The dosage will depend on the strength of the tincture. Raspberry Leaf has been recommended by naturopaths and herbalists as well as some midwives and obstetricians. Consult a health care provider regarding the type of preparation and what dosage to take. When is the best time to start taking Raspberry Leaf? Many pract_tioners recommend that raspberry leaf is best commenced at 32 weeks of pregnancy and continued through to the birth. Parsons (2000) found that taking raspberry leaf tablets, 2.4gm per day from 32 weeks, produced no side effects. Other pract_tioners recommend that Raspberry leaf can be started at the beginning of pregnancy or even prior to pregnancy. However at the present time there is no known research on the safety of taking Raspberry Leaf earlier in pregnancy. When is the ideal time for a woman to start taking raspberry leaf in pregnancy? What is the correct dosage? These are questions that need to be answered by further research.

 

Amber - January 27

I told my Dr. i had started drinking it, she looked at me and said, "you dont expect to have this baby faster do you?" All it will do is give you some braxton hicks, which is fine, its good for getting you ready to have a baby. If you go into labor while drinking it, its just that its "your time" to go into labor. Its quite tasty, and i enjoy much of it during the day. Iced and hot. Yum!

 

Preggo - January 27

Thank you Amber & JP for responding to me. This will help me alot. I don't want to jump start labor early and I know that it doesn't do that according to what information I've found on it. But it is supposed to help labor be maybe less painful and faster. This is my first so any thing to help labor not last 24 hours is good ..lol

 

lil mumma - January 28

I was told to start drinking it around 32 weeks to tone and prepare the uterus and to also take it during labour to help maintain contractions. I 'm going to make some up and freeze as ice-cubes ready to take with me to hospital - will also keep me hydrated throughout labour :o)

 

ra - January 28

it DOES NOT bring on labor it just helps the uterus. and make sure its the leaf tea not just flavored.

 

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