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Raspberry Leaf Tea? Yes or No? Experiances please.

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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

cloudjumper Fri 02-Oct-15 13:20:38

I drank loads when pg with DS. Went nearly 2 weeks overdue had to be induced, labour didn't progress and I ended up with an emcs. I won't be bothering with it this time.

Runningupthathill82 Thu 01-Oct-15 18:29:45

I drank shedloads with DS1. Had no effect at all - he was born after his due date, following a very long and difficult labour.

CoffeeAndOranges Thu 01-Oct-15 16:45:14

Right I've got some of the Heath &Heather bags (have had several years ago before pregnancy) so will have one a day over the next week and then build up gradually with the capsules once I've run it past my midwife a week on monday (I can already envisage her hmm face) by which point I'll be 34 weeks.

Not had a single Braxton Hicks yet so we'll see if the tea or capsules have an effect. I don't expect anything much.

notaprincessbutaqueen Thu 01-Oct-15 09:52:14

had with ds1, was a long labour (52 hours from first twinge!) but the actually pushing stage was only 12 minutes which is amazingly short for a first birth (had previously had a C-section) and i'm certain it was the tea that helped. took again with ds2, shorter labour (16hours from first twinge) but pushing was 20minutes however he came out awkwardly - his arm and shoulder came out with his head, and i'm not sure if that slowed things a bit. either way, worst case scenario raspberry leaf will change nothing but do no harm, best case scenario - very short second stage.
currently 29 weeks and will start with 1 cup or capsual at 32 weeks, then 2 at 34 weeks then 3 from 36 week onwards x

Focusfocus Thu 01-Oct-15 09:48:49

Also to add, I've had RLT from before to help either pms cramps etc so it wasn't new to my system at all.

Focusfocus Thu 01-Oct-15 09:47:16

I did tons of reading on this. Started 1 cup of loose leaf tea with 1 tsp of tea at 30 weeks. Built up by 1 teaspoon each week till 34 weeks when I was making a big gallon of tea with 5 teaspoons.

Then, once it was in my system for that time, moved to 1 tablet daily from natures aid (750 mg in each tablet) in the 35th week. No more tea.

Now at the recommended 2 tablets from Natures Aid (total 1500 mg) in the 36th week, no tea, and will hold that as maximum till I pop.

Any changes I see over these past 7 weeks? Stronger braxton hicks this week, increasingly good amounts of colostrum - it's known to help either breastmilk, but no labour threats etc. Baby dropped at 33+5 and now fully engaged at 35+4. May have nowt to do with the tea.

Hairballs Thu 01-Oct-15 09:36:14

I know this is a zombie thread, but hey ho.

I drank fucking gallons of rapsberry leaf tea with DS. I was induced at 41+4 and he was born via EMCS at 41+6. grin

CoffeeAndOranges Wed 30-Sep-15 20:46:19

Interesting that this zombie thread has popped up (love the little zombie pic at the bottom).

I had always thought that raspberry leaf tea was something of an old wives' tale but it seems from all the anecdotal evidence here and elsewhere on the net that I've just hastily read, that there might be something in it.

I had thought it was something that people used to try and induce labour but it seems that it is mainly for toning the uterus so at nearly 33 weeks it's something I ought to be making a decision about now.

Anyone else got any other experiences to share?

Doublebubblebubble Wed 30-Sep-15 19:46:30

Fwiw (I realise this is a year after the fact lol) but with my dd I drank rlt from about 38weeks - dd was born at 39+6 and 4.5 hour (nice and easy) labour...

LittlePink Thu 28-Aug-14 13:30:28

I got told off by the MW when I mentioned them at 32 wks. She said I would bring on prem labour. I don't think that's true from all my reading about it. Its just to tone your uterus to help a steady labour and 2nd stage. I started the tea at 34 wks and drank it religiously but still went 2 wks over and ended up with EMCS after not progressing so no idea if it would have worked or not. Will be taking the capsules from around 34 wks again and see if they do any good.

BeyoncesCat Wed 27-Aug-14 21:34:18

I was induced btw at 42 weeks.

I liked the taste of the tea but I can't take tablets envyconfused

Greenstone Wed 27-Aug-14 21:13:38

I started drinking the tea around 33 weeks and got pretty strong Braxton Hicks after my first cup. By 39 weeks I was drinking loads every day and went into labour at 39+5. From 4cm to delivery of placenta was 6.5 hours and pushing stage about 1hr 20mins. So not an overly fast pushing stage it must be said - however, it was straightforward.

30 weeks tomorrow and I reckon I'll have my first cup then. It is kind of an earthy taste but I got to find it quite comforting. It's meant to be really good for you in general. Oh - the loose leaf tea is stronger than the teabagged variety.

scoobydooagain Wed 27-Aug-14 21:00:49

I took tablets from 36 weeks, from first twinge to baby less than 5 hours at 40 + 13, went from 4cm (I was told) to baby, less than the time it took for midwife to get me pain relief!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 27-Aug-14 20:54:06

Drank gallons of the stuff with dc2 and she almost fell out smile

Rhubarb321 Wed 27-Aug-14 17:18:00

Foodie I'm not saying it's down to the tea I have precipitous labours and don't contract as I'm dilating, went for a sweep at 41weeks with dd3 and was already in established labour 4cm dilated but no pains, I went to hospital was checked and 5cm contractions started and I went from 5cm to having her in 12 mins!

My sister and mum also both have fast labours all under 1 and a half hours so can't say it down to the tea but I drank it with last 3 and I'm drinking again this time

BeyoncesCat Wed 27-Aug-14 15:55:43

Oh yeah labour 8 hours smile

BeyoncesCat Wed 27-Aug-14 15:54:08

I drank 2 cups a day from 30 weeks. The first few days it gave me really bad braxton hicks. After that was fine. It only took me 15 mins to push dd out. It was my first so don't know if the tea helped or that was what would of happened anyway iykwim.

FoodieMum3 Wed 27-Aug-14 15:53:25

That's amazing rhubarb.

I'm just worried about scar on uterus from previous section, I don't want to do anything to cause fast & furious contractions.

Rhubarb321 Wed 27-Aug-14 15:48:39

I started drinking it at round 35/36 weeks with mine starting with one cup a day and building up to three so
34w- 1 cup
36w - 2 cup
38w- 3 cups

All my 3 labours have been easy and under 45 mins, no compilations and no tears, weather this is down to the tea I have no idea but I'm 37 weeks with number 4 and drinking it again I'm not taking the risk of not smilesmile

FoodieMum3 Wed 27-Aug-14 15:35:02

I drank it on my first baby and had a smooth, dare I say easy second stage of labour. I always swore it must have been the raspberry leaf tea!! I think it's psychological really smile

KleineDracheKokosnuss Wed 27-Aug-14 14:45:47

Drink it if you like the taste. Otherwise don't bother... smile

FoodieMum3 Wed 27-Aug-14 14:25:43

I'm just wondering can I take the tea if I've had a Caesarian in the past?
I'm 37 weeks now and would like to start but also worried about causing stronger, more aggressive contractions.


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.

HuglessDouglas Tue 25-Mar-14 16:32:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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!

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