If you didn’t read my previous post about Red Raspberry Tea, you can do so HERE. Now that I’ve had my baby and things are getting back to normal (or the new normal, I should say) I wanted to update how I felt drinking the tea while I was pregnant effected my labor/delivery and healing afterward. Because I had such a whirlwind labor and delivery, I can’t say that I noticed much of a difference from last time (as far as less painful contractions, etc.). It was all so fast and intense that I wasn’t thinking about whether or not it was more or less painful than before!
There are a couple of things that I can vouch for, however. The first is the bleeding afterward. I have been a heavy bleeder with my previous two babies. I’m talking about getting up to go to the bathroom and having the blood run down your legs and onto the floor, heavy. Good times. With my first I was bleeding well into my sixth week after having her, and my second was around the same. This time was completely different. I noticed a significant decrease in the bleeding just one week after having her, which was heavenly. Dealing with one less thing after having a baby is always good in my book. Now I’m into week four after having her and have almost completely stopped. I also noticed a huge difference in my afterpains this time around. This was one of the major reasons I started drinking the tea, because I was terrified of the afterpains. They were horrible with my second baby, and I know they only “usually” get worse with each baby. I did have a lot of pain the two days following birth this time, but after that the pain was minimal. I was mostly uncomfortable “down there” and trying to heal and reduce swelling and other unpleasantries. The afterpains weren’t that bad, though. I was dreading them, and I have to say that I’m grateful for whatever the reason that they weren’t as painful as I was anticipating. I will be drinking this tea now and in the future. I love the taste (I buy the Mama’s Red Raspberry Brew from Bulk Herb Store). It’s supposed to help with overall women’s health and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Whether or not it helped with the bleeding or the afterpains, I do know that I loved having it every day and it’s the only thing I added to my diet this time around that may have effected those two things. Try it!