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Raspberry Leaf Tea? Yes or No? Experiances please.

(36 Posts)
LaurenCaddy Tue 01-Jan-13 21:27:17

I've got myself some Raspberry Leaf Tea, to take from 30 weeks. But i've heard so many mixed reviews. Like when to start taking it and how often ect.

My original thoughts where based on this report on the babycentre website:

Raspberry leaf tea is thought to tone the muscles of your uterus (womb) to help it work better during labour. The idea is not so much to speed up your labour, but to help it to progress at a nice, steady pace. Because raspberry leaf tea takes several weeks to accumulate in your body, it won't work to bring on labour if you are overdue.


Has anyone got any thoughts, opinions or reviews on it?

Many Thanks ladies smile

ThedementedPenguin Tue 25-Mar-14 16:59:01

I bought mine online through Holland and Barrett. I've heard they can be a bit arsey about it but they shouldn't be able to stop you.

Word of warning with buying the tablets - If you get accosted by a shop assistant in Holland and Barrett when you're buying them, they may quiz you about how far gone you are, and when I bought some they got really arsey about making sure I was at least 35 weeks. I was told that they weren't "supposed" to sell them to pregnant women before a certain point, but I don't know how true that actually is.

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon Tue 25-Mar-14 16:28:38

I took the capsules with both DSs, DS1 pushing stage was about 3 minutes, DS2 was less than one minute! Would take again if we have any more, good luck!

Aliama Tue 25-Mar-14 16:23:22

We found ours in Holland and Barrett, bean.

Ilovebean Tue 25-Mar-14 16:12:35

Where do you buy the tablets from?

Aliama Tue 25-Mar-14 16:03:29

I'be just switched from the tea to the capsules today (the h&b ones). Had them as tea, because I hate swallowing capsules, and dear god they're VILE. I didn't mind the taste of the tea at all, but then its packed with other stuff, rosehips and suchlike. I've sweetened the capsule tea, but it's still one if the most disgusting things I've ever tasted.

SweetPeaPods Tue 25-Mar-14 15:20:37

I started drinking the tea around 37-38 weeks thinking it wouldn't do any harm. I preferred it cold, so made a jug and put in in fridge to sip throughout the day. It was June so that helped. Ds born on due date. No idea what/if any difference it made but I'll prob drink it with dc2 too

weebairn Tue 25-Mar-14 15:13:54

I took the tablets from 32 weeks.

Went into labour 3 days overdue, 30 hour labour, but only 30 mins pushing stage.

No idea how much influence the tablets had!

Thumbwitch Tue 25-Mar-14 15:09:42

I didn't use it before about 40w; and then I was drinking 2 cups a day and taking about 3 of the tablets/capsules whatever daily as well, because I was trying to bring on labour, and of course it didn't work.

However, it did a very nice job of toning my uterus, I'm sure - I was induced, and had a long slow start to labour, but stage 2 was only 30 minutes, and the placenta was out the push after DS1 was.

Took it again with DS2 but might as well not have bothered - he was just awkward all round, from being unstable transverse oblique lie, needing ECV, ARM and full induction including drip (didn't have that with DS1) and then he went and got his head stuck in an awkward place and was caught behind the anterior lip so I wasted a lot of time and effort trying to push him out when he was stuck - then he dropped clear when they turned me onto my back and he was out in 2 pushes.

I'd still recommend it, but take the tablets/capsules if you don't like the taste. I quite liked it though.

MistletoeBUTNOwine Tue 25-Mar-14 15:04:17

I drank the tea and used capsules from around 34 weeks. DS born at 39+5. 59 minute labour, 'pushing' 2 mins, 2 contractions and he was out...
Will def use again gringringrin

HudYerWeisht Tue 25-Mar-14 15:03:27

I drank the tea, don't think it made one jot of difference tbh. Hated the taste too.

Meant to add that the midwifes counted me as being in established labour from 5pm - so 4 hours isn't bad.

I drank the tea from 30 weeks - 1 cup a day and then increased by a cup every 2 weeks. DS was born at 36+1, although my opinion is that it was because I had been unwell in the couple of weeks before (worst flu of my life, thanks a lot flu vaccine hmm ). Early labour progressed ok, admitted to hospital at 3am (due to being pre-term) and DS was born at 9.30pm, I had only 30 minutes of pushing, which I put down to the raspberry leaf.

ThedementedPenguin Tue 25-Mar-14 14:31:32

I'm 38+3. I've been taking the capsules from 32 weeks. I started out on one a day but I'm now on 6 a day. I'm just hoping it helps during labour.

I couldn't drink the stuff as it tastes awful.

JollyMarie79 Tue 25-Mar-14 14:22:44

I like the taste of it and have been drinking it from 35wks however I drink it normally when not pregnant to. It is meant to have loads of health benefits but I just drink it because it's caffeine free and tasty.

I've copied and pasted this for info:

Men as well as women can enjoy raspberry leaf tea benefits, as it’s not something that solely targets women’s reproductive health. Other conditions that improve with regular raspberry tea intake include:

The common cold or flu

Sunburn, rashes or eczema

Gingivitis, canker sores or sore gums

Muscle cramps




sambababy Tue 25-Mar-14 13:10:19

I'm also confused about this because the tablets come in different strengths and don't seem to say the dosage on the bottle (not on my holland & barratt ones anyway).

bunglesmum12 Mon 24-Mar-14 19:30:32


Ladylike1 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:48:04

I took the tabs from about 30 weeks, was induced at 39+3 due to spd and supposed large baby. I took them right up to the second pessary. I laboured for 2 hours, pushed for 3 mins! I have used these tabs for 2 pregnancies before this, and both were quick! My longest labour being my first, @ 7 hours long, from start to finish. I never drank the tea tho....

Kima23 Wed 02-Jan-13 13:28:17

I'm currently 38 +5 days and been taking the rasp tea and the capsules from 36 weeks. I was very confused at all the different things people were saying about it and as i heard it could induce labour i thought it would be safe to take at 36 weeks. Then after doing some more research found out that it won't actually induce labour but it can tone the uterus and help for a quicker 2nd stage of labour. I haven't been taking the tabs, or drinking the tea, religiously because i have been forgetting, but Its worth a try and certainly wont do any harm!!
I will let you know if it works for shorter, easier labour smile

Good luck x

rrreow Wed 02-Jan-13 12:39:29

I took the capsules from around 34 weeks last time (don't remember exactly) which was my first pregnancy. I started with one capsule and gradually upped the dosage to the maximum recommended. I'm planning to do the same thing this time.

My labour was induced (1 gel, then waters broken), around 3 hours of established labour, 2 hours of which was pushing. I wouldn't pretend to think that my very quick labour was necessarily because of the raspberry leaf though! But I guess it didn't hurt (taking it, that is, the labour itself was bloody agony of course grin).

Happykitten Wed 02-Jan-13 10:56:50

How many capsules are you supposed to take?

MahnaMahna Wed 02-Jan-13 07:27:08

I started taking the capsules at 34 weeks. DD came at 39 weeks. I had contractions for 30 hours, but the actual pushing bit only lasted for 15 minutes. So it could have worked smile

joby21 Wed 02-Jan-13 03:21:08

I had beeb drinking the tea from about 35 weeks. I was induced on saturday, had 30hrs of early labour which got me to 4cm, had my waters broken and 3 1/2 hrs later was pushing. Am convinced the tea helped!

Plus i think i must be one of the few who actually like the taste!!

ellee Tue 01-Jan-13 23:52:49

Just in the interests of full info, dd was dc2 and she hadn't engaged properly (kept popping back up). I was SO disappointed not to get a vbac...

ellee Tue 01-Jan-13 23:48:44

Umm, not precisely the same thing but I took the capsules ONCE at about 38w and porbably pure conincidence but my waters went that night (felt nauseous after them and belly v tight) and ended up with a section and 2w early baby.

Not at all scientific but if we go for no3 I won't be taking that stuff again...

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