For centuries, red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy has been considered a natural tonic for expectant mothers.
This tea has earned it's reputation for an over-all remedy for improving women's reproductive health, including increasing fertility, and benefits during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Red raspberry leaf tea contains essential nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and E, and B vitamins, specific vitamins and nutrients which are very important during pregnancy.
Taking red raspberry leaf during pregnancy is believed to tone and strengthen the uterine wall and pelvic muscles, and relax smooth muscle.
Using this tea is said to help during childbirth by making the delivery easier and quicker by assisting the uterus to contract more efficiently, with less muscular spasms.
In summary, many naturopaths and midwives claim that the use of red raspberry leaf tea may help for:
Although taking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is said not to cause contractions or start labour, medical health professionals seem to be divided on whether or not expectant mothers should take raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy in the first or second trimester.
Some medical practitioners believe that taking raspberry leaf tea before the third trimester of pregnancy may cause spotting or a miscarriage. To be safe, many sources suggest not to commence taking raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy until 32 weeks of pregnancy, and continue until birth.
It is always a good idea to seek the advice of your health care provider before taking red raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy and follow his or her advice as to your particular health and unique circumstances.
This herbal tea is made from dried leaves of the red raspberry plant, and can be taken in the form of a tea infusion, using loose leaf tea, or tea bags.
Raspberry leaf can also be taken in the form of a tincture (alcoholic extract), or in the form of capsules or tablets.
The herbalists which I spoke with commented that, the most effective way to make use of the health benefits of this tea is to make a tea infusion with loose leaf tea or tea bags.
Some women drink the tea throughout their labour, or make frozen ice cubes ahead of time, made with raspberry leaf tea, and then suck on the ice cubes during labour.
Most local health food stores sell red raspberry leaf tea in the form of loose tea, tea bags, or raspberry leaf extract or capsules.
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If you are considering taking raspberry leaf tea for medicinal purposes in any form during a pregnancy, or at anytime, it is always wise to first consult your health care provider, (as you would for taking any medication).
Your health care specialist would best be able to advise you regarding which type of preparation is safe for you to take, and most advisable for you to use in your particular circumstances, and what dosage of the preparation you should take, or advise you otherwise.