At my doctor appointment yesterday, my midwife (yes, midwife. At a birth center. More on that later) gave me a brochure on Raspberry Leaf tea. I immediately disregarded it and told her I didn’t like tea.
Because I don’t. It’s mainly the smell that get’s me. Coffee too. Ick.
But when I got home, I started to do some research about it and I was surprised at what I found. Apparently, raspberry leaf tea can be really good for you and can help tone and strengthen the uterus muscles in preparation for birth. Who doesn’t need a little strengthening?!
I’ll take some, please and thank you.
Isn’t that interesting!
From what I gathered, it’s best to take raspberry leaf tea in the 3rd trimester of pregnant (perfect timing for me!) and drink 2-3 cups a day. Very few places mentioned it can induce labor, which does have me worried because, as much as I’m uncomfortable, I need about two more weeks before I can truly say I’m ready for baby. So inducing labor is not something I want. But generally the most credible resources I found say it does not induce labor, but just helps prepare and strengthen your body for labor and helps you heal better afterwards.
I am considering trying some tea. I’m thinking it might be good for my immune system too and help me get my health back 100%. I’ve had a little cold for the last two weeks that I haven’t been able to get rid of! I think I might like the tea cold better than hot, as I’m not really a fan of hot drinks. I don’t even know how to make tea- I’ve got some learning to do. If it really is all it claims to be, I know I could probably plug my nose and make myself drink it twice a day.
Seriously. I want a strong uterus.
What do you know about raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy? Did you ever drink it?
:: Here are some helpful articles I found on raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy if you’re interested.
- Birth Routes: Backyard Herbals- Red Raspberry Leaf
- Birthing Naturally: Kegal and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Mother and Child Health: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: Can this Herb ease Childbirth?