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Raspberry leaf tea/ capsules.....?

(4 Posts)
HalfPintPickle Sat 14-Jun-14 17:48:08

Any idea of the difference in how they work
Which ones are best/ reccomended?
From 32 or 36 weeks?
All the info I read is contradictory!

mummy101214 Sun 15-Jun-14 07:49:39

I wouldn't take anything from at least 37 weeks which is considered full term, just incase it did start anything off. I want my babies as cooked as possible before they leave the oven :-D

It's meant to help tone the uterus and lead to a shorter 2nd stage, I took 6 capsules a day from 38 weeks with my DS1 and although I went in for my waters to be broken at 41 weeks (I was contracting from 34 weeks and was 3-4cms on the morning of my induction) my labour was documented as 4 hours 8 minutes (although they broke my waters at 10.30am and he wasn't born until 5.46pm, things didn't properly kick off for a few hours at first) I'm not sure if the capsules actually helped as he was born by ventouse.

I didn't take anything with DS2 and again had my waters broken at 3-4cms at 39+4 - they broke my waters at 10am and he was born at 12.02pm, so pretty much halved my documented labour times :-D

I also tried the tea and it was disgusting, so preferred the capsules, although they are quite big (from holland and barrett)

Scoobsmam13 Sun 15-Jun-14 12:24:07

From memory the tea is pretty grim, however u do get used to it after a while. I will be drinking it again this pregnancy when I am in the latter stages deffo. I don't know if it helped, but I did recover physically pretty quick afterwards with no complications (although did nothing to shorten my labour, 36 hours). I don't know if it was down to the tea, but won't do any harm smile

Scoobsmam13 Sun 15-Jun-14 12:28:54

Oh, well I said it won't do any harm, however just read something that does say you should speak to a m/w before starting it as there are some people it isn't suitable for. But its ok from 32 weeks as you need to build it up in your system apparently.

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