Preparing For Labor: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
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Okay guys, it’s time to prepare for the big day! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share all the different things I’m trying to prep my body and hopefully set myself up for a faster and easier labor. First up is red raspberry leaf tea!
As the name suggests, this herbal tea comes from the leaves of the red raspberry plant. It has been used for centuries for various ailments, such as digestion, but it’s particularly known for supporting uterine health. Consuming the tea is believed to produce a stronger uterus and therefore more effective contractions. However, the evidence is controversial. There have been a few studies that show drinking the tea can lead to shorter labors, reduced need for interventions, and reduced chance of being overdue. Other studies show it doesn’t do much of anything.
I’m all for trying herbal remedies, though. I figure there is a reason it’s been used for centuries, even before the invention of modern medicine, and it doesn’t hurt to try as its full of vitamins and minerals. Most professionals recommend starting after 32 weeks. I started at 34 weeks due to personal comfort. You want to start with one cup a day and then work up to 3x/day. I’m doing the following schedule:
34-36 weeks: Once/day
36-38 weeks: 2x/day
38 weeks-Delivery: 3x/day
Despite the name, the tea isn’t sweet (tastes like black tea) so I add a little bit of honey to mine. Some people also make iced tea lemonade by brewing the tea as normal, pouring over ice, and adding a splash of lemonade! Whether it truly works or not, it’s relaxing having a warm cup of tea every evening. Not pregnant? It’s also good for menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, and encouraging milk production.
I got 3 packs of 16 tea bags each for less than $15! Here's the link if you're interested in trying it out: RED RASPBERRY LEAF TEA
Have you tried this tea? How did it work out for you?
xoxo, Global Midwife
Disclaimer: This is only to be used for educational purposes, not as medical advice. Always check with your individual healthcare provider.
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