I’ve recently started drinking raspberry leaf tea and let me tell you, it is delicious!
A woman from my prenatal group told me about it so I got to searching (and asking my doctor about it) and started drinking it almost immediately.
Here’s why a few reasons why (for those of you not pregnant):
- It helps with fertility, if you’re interested in that kind of stuff.
- It treats diarrhea, no one has time for that.
- It regulates irregular menstrual cycle and decreases heavy periods.
- It relieves sore throats.
- It can reduce fever.
- It is packed with iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium, vitamins B1, B3 and E. So, it also contains nearly everything us women need.
- It can be used as a paste for rashes, sunburns and eczema.
If that wasn’t enough, here are a few more reasons why (for those of you who are pregnant):
- It promotes breast milk, I’m sure we’re all interested in having a heavy supply.
- It stops excess bleeding after birth, yes please!
- It eases the symptoms of morning sickness, wish I would have taken it in the beginning.
- It soothes and prevents bleeding gums which many pregnant women often experience.
- Relaxes muscles of the uterus when it is contracting.
- Assists with the birth of the baby and the placenta.
- Can calm cramping of the uterus.
While it hasn’t been proven, it is thought that raspberry leaf tea also shortens the duration of labor. It has been assumed that is relaxes the uterus causing contractions during labor to become more coordinated and efficient (yes please!) It has also been assumed that women who drink it (or take it in pill form) have had pregnancies without the help of interventions (c-section, forceps, etc. )
Some doctors advise only taking it after the 32 week of pregnancy (as it may induce labor) while others suggest that you can take it all throughout pregnancy. Please consult your doctor or midwife before taking it.
I have been drinking a cup of it daily for a week now (I regret not getting it sooner) and have noticed my contractions increase (although that may just be the stage of my pregnancy, 38 weeks) and the bleeding of my gums has stopped.
I am looking forward to seeing if it helps with my delivery at all.
Have you ladies tried it? Any experience with it?
Thanks for reading! xo