I've drunk it at the end of both my pregnancies and have lovely labours - don't know if its helped but will be doing it again in May! Start at 35/6 weeks with 1cup a day, for a week, then 2 a day, then 3 until baby arrives. I think i bought 4 boxes each time and never quite finished them Not keen on the taste, but sweetened its drinkable - never drink it at any other time, unlike peppermint tea which I seem to drink gallons of in early pg, and fennel tea which is supposed to be good for milk production and which I like the taste of anyway
In my first pregnancy I started taking the tablets, and drinking the tea at about 38 weeks and my waters broke two days after starting them, have no idea if this was connected, but am pregnant again and will be starting the raspberry leaf again soon (am 37 weeks)
(The midwife told me it is safe to drink it during the last month)
I've been drinking RL tea since 32 weeks, I did buy the tablets as well but haven't had these as I actually quite like the tea! I'm now 38 weeks & drink it throughout the day. Not aware of there being any restrictions now that I am nearly there. Not sure whether to start taking the tablets as well, not sure which is stronger the tea or tablets? I've been having pre-labour pains since Wed & MW told me yesterday that baby is well & truly engaged & ready. No more room for baby to grow apparently!! Kinda hoping it will be soon now even though a part of me will actually miss being PG....
I had the tablets with DS1 and he was 6 days late. With DS2 I drank the tea (which is the foulest concoction known to man IMO!) and he was 8 days late - but the labour was much easier and felt a lot more "productive".
Our NCT teacher said there is no reason why you can't drink it from fairly early on, and that there isn't really a limit. Apparently she had ten+ cups a day with hers, and had easy labours. I have been taking 2 tablets a day since 32 weeks (am now 36+2) so we will see. I buy the GNC teabags because they also include the fruit so it doesn't taste as foul.
I used the tea from about 35 weeks with DS2. I think it's supposed to strengthen your uterine muscles, making your contractions stronger and more efficient. I've no idea if that's true, but in my experience it certainly could be. My contractions were so forceful the midwives were quite surprised, DS2 arrived after 1 and a half hours