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When I was pregnant with my second daughter I had a friend give me some Red Raspberry Combination capsules to take. She explained how her aunt swore by them, giving her amazing labor/deliveries and a lot less bleeding and after pains during all of her births. I took them gratefully . . . and they sat in my cupboard. I didn’t end up using them; I just forgot to take them every day. Over the last month or so I have done a lot of reading about Red Raspberry tea while pregnant and have discovered that it’s definitely something I wanted to incorporate into this last stretch of my pregnancy. Because Red Raspberry causes the strengthening of the uterus it can lead to contractions and may not be recommended during the first trimester or limited to one cup per day for some women. Red Raspberry is now the most commonly known, widely used, and safest of all uterine and pregnancy herbs. 

Some of the nutrients found in Red Raspberry:
– Rich concentrations of vitamin C
– Vitamin E
– Easily assimilated calcium and iron
– Manganese and magnesium
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B complex
– Many minerals including phosphorous and potassium

Benefits of Red Raspberry:

– Gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself

– Relieves morning sickness

– Reduces pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Red Raspberry Leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery

– Sucking on ice cubes made from frozen red raspberry while in labor has been said to keep contractions steady and effective as well as facilitate delivering the placenta

– Some studies have reported that drinking Red Raspberry Leaf can result in fewer complications and less interventions during birth

– Increases fertility in men and women, especially if combined with Red Clover

– Tones the uterus, helps prevent miscarriage as well as postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or “atonic” uterus

– Because of the high mineral content, red raspberry leaf can assist in plentiful breast milk production

– Regulates menstrual cycle. Drinking 2-3 cups per day for a few months can regulate the cycle in most women.

– Said to reduce menstrual cramps in all women of childbearing age (yes, please)

– Used as an astringent on the skin and to cure acne.

After reading story after birth story and hearing about the positive experiences women are having using Red Raspberry Leaf while pregnant, I decided to go for it full force. I ordered some fresh from The Bulk Herb Store, and began drinking 3-4 cups per day beginning at 34 weeks. It’s now been two weeks and I am still going strong. I absolutely love the taste of this tea (I grew up drinking herbal tea and am quite used to the earthy flavor of most of them). I sweeten mine with stevia. I don’t like using honey in my tea, it makes it too sweet for me. I’m anxious to report how I feel it has affected this labor/delivery and after birth. I had horrific after pains with my last pregnancy and knowing that they only get worse with each baby I am really hoping to counteract that by drinking this tea. I also bleed a lot after my babies and not having to deal with too much of that would be heavenly. Overall I feel that this is something that can only help and with only a few weeks to go, I’m willing to try anything. I will continue to drink this tea after the baby comes and hopefully I can help my horrible menstrual cramps from coming back full force! If you’re wary, obviously check with your doctor or midwife. I tend to do “whatever feels right” while I’m pregnant and believe that if I’m healthy and my baby is healthy I am in a position to make wise decisions about what’s best for us. I don’t recommend going out and taking a bunch of herbs just because someone said they were good for one thing or another. Herbal remedies vary in concentrations and quality and you need to be careful. I am the type of person who searches out what I feel is best for me as an individual. I don’t read a bunch of lists telling me what is safe or unsafe during pregnancy and freak out if I break one of the “rules.” I’ve come to realize that “they” aren’t always right! 

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  1. Interesting…one of my dearest friends drank this religiously for both her pregnancies.
    You're the second to mention it – I definitely want to know what you think about it once this baby gets here! (which is soon!!!)

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