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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 08:33 AM   1
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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - Reviews or where to buy?


I have been told by a few people that in trying for a VBAC - I should be drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea as it doesn't cause contractions but does strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles making labor easier and quicker.

Does anyone have any experience with this? How is the taste? Any side effects you found?

I am admittedly a wimp when it comes to taste so - any advice on making it taste better if it is nasty to begin with?

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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 08:39 AM   2
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I have used raspberry leaf tea with all my pregnancies and had really good labours with all 3, whether this is a coincidence or not i dont know.

I started at 32 weeks i think its 1 cup a day (it says on the packet), its not such a bad taste i used to add sugar to make it easier to drink you will find after drinking it for a while you get used to the taste

It did cause me to get braxton hicks they werent painful and its a nice feeling knowing its doing its job, i dilated to 3cm before going into labour with my son so it was doing something!

Hope this helps xx



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 08:45 AM   3
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drinking at i write. OH's mom just bought me two boxes of it! I hear it is very helpful for delivery so I'll keep on drinking. It tastes fine, just add some honey, some milk if you really don't like the taste of tea... but it's pretty standard flavor for an herbal tea.



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 08:47 AM   4
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I drank it with DD2 - can't remember when I started or how much, but I had a very fast labour! Could be just coincidence, but I will be drinking it again.

I started contracting very mildly at around 7am 1 day before due date, they stopped at about 10am, then started again at around 9pm again mild. When to hospital at midnight, where the midwife actually tried to send me home DD was born at 3am!

Can't say labour was easy or that I enjoyed it (some of your ladies are crazy ), but TBH I'm a whimp & terrified of labour, but when compared to many ladies stories I guess mine was very, very easy!

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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 09:00 AM   5
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I heard that it was really bad for you, obviously i was mis-informed, so i have no idea what the affects are!! Will deffinalty be looking into it now though if its really good for labour, because as you said i am also a major whimp ahah!! It'll be good to find a hot drink too as its starting to get cold here now, and im really starting to miss coffee!! xox



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 09:10 AM   6
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I drank it with DD2 - can't remember when I started or how much, but I had a very fast labour! Could be just coincidence, but I will be drinking it again.

I started contracting very mildly at around 7am 1 day before due date, they stopped at about 10am, then started again at around 9pm again mild. When to hospital at midnight, where the midwife actually tried to send me home DD was born at 3am!
Can't say labour was easy or that I enjoyed it (some of your ladies are crazy ), but TBH I'm a whimp & terrified of labour, but when compared to many ladies stories I guess mine was very, very easy!

Good luck

In response to the bolded: WOW, Midwife tried to send you home? Between 12 midnight and 3 a.m. she tried to send you on your way ...(smh) thats crazy. I must try this tea further on down the road. I was 4 centimeters dialated when I went to the hospital with my first so If it can get better then that, hey I'm up for it.



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 09:19 AM   7
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i drank it with both my other 2 pregnancies, more with the 2nd than the 1st, but i cant say for definate that it was that which made me start to dilate with my 2nd as i went into early labour a few times so that could of also contributed but my 2nd labour was really fast, 2hrs 32mins from start to finish and my friend who also drank it was already 4cm dilated when she went into hosp to be induced at 38weeks due to high blood presure so i do think it does help to some extent.
the taste isnt that bad, i really didnt mind it, my friend used to put abit of sugar with it though as she found it to be abit bitter.xx



 
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I drank it with DD2 - can't remember when I started or how much, but I had a very fast labour! Could be just coincidence, but I will be drinking it again.

I started contracting very mildly at around 7am 1 day before due date, they stopped at about 10am, then started again at around 9pm again mild. When to hospital at midnight, where the midwife actually tried to send me home DD was born at 3am!
Can't say labour was easy or that I enjoyed it (some of your ladies are crazy ), but TBH I'm a whimp & terrified of labour, but when compared to many ladies stories I guess mine was very, very easy!

Good luck

In response to the bolded: WOW, Midwife tried to send you home? Between 12 midnight and 3 a.m. she tried to send you on your way ...(smh) thats crazy. I must try this tea further on down the road. I was 4 centimeters dialated when I went to the hospital with my first so If it can get better then that, hey I'm up for it.
I know!! She said "You are lucky that we are not any busier as I should send you home, you are not in active labour, I will let you stay for an hour to see if you progress any further, I will check on you later" It was less than 2 and a half hours from that statement until DD was born.

I guess I am very lucky that they were not any busier as DD would have been born at home

At least this time I can argue that my last labour was very quick last time, so I'm not going anywhere!

My first DD was induced which took 4 days to get going, I was finally put on that drip thingy and DD1 was born 4 hours later! I looked into everything possible to avoid being induced again, which is why I started on the raspberry leaf tea.



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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 09:57 AM   9
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drinking at i write. OH's mom just bought me two boxes of it! I hear it is very helpful for delivery so I'll keep on drinking. It tastes fine, just add some honey, some milk if you really don't like the taste of tea... but it's pretty standard flavor for an herbal tea.
i dont think you should be drinking it this early in pregnancy as it helps your cervic prepare for labour basically. Im sure it says you cant use it until you are 32 weeks, i would read up on it before you drink any more.

i will defo be using it when im 32 weeks, you cant also get it in a tablet form from Holland and Barrett so no stinky tastes im a woose when it comes to taste and cant drink anything hot so me thinks the tablets are the bext idea for me xx

good luck ladies xx



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 10:22 AM   10
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Thanks for all the reviews! I am going to be buying some today and will start drinking up! Anything to help me get ready and have a nice strong uterus I am up for!

Usually I LOVE herbal teas, so hopefully I will like the taste, but if it seems unpleasant I will surely try a bit of honey or sugar.

Thanks, ladies! It's great to hear that it "may" help speed things along and make labor more effective when the time is right. Seems like the ladies who drink it don't have the "3 day long labor ended with a c-section" kind of stories!

As far as the timing of drinking it - from what I read it says it DOES NOT cause any contractions and simply tones the uterus and strengthens the uterine walls so it is safe for the second and third trimester. "Some" midwives say it can cause spotting in the first trimester, but no one really knows because lots of women have spotting in the first trimester with or without tea!

http://eco-chick.com/2008/06/1137/re...uctive-health/



 
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