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Raspberry leaf capsules

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Picnic2223 Tue 17-Nov-15 20:57:25

Hi, just wondering if any one started taking these before their due date and if so when. I have a friend who recommended starting at 36 weeks to soften the uterus and get her ready for labour.
Any tips?

Raxacoricofallapatorius Tue 17-Nov-15 21:05:32

It's a uterine tonic aimed at making the second stage of labour or the pushing stage as it's more commonly known, more efficient.

I drank a lot of raspberry leaf tea anyway and always have but I gave it a miss until I was 37 weeks and then went back to drinking it, along with nettle tea to try and prevent my iron levels becoming too low.

Scoopmuckdizzy Tue 17-Nov-15 21:07:09

I think I started around 36 weeks- I went by what the label on the back of the bottle said. I had 2 straightforward and relatively easy births- I don't know if it was the RLT but I made sure to take it second time around just incase! I plan to take it this time too.

Sighing Tue 17-Nov-15 21:36:24

Some years ago, followng some hokey plan, I started at 35 weeks (every other day), then increased the dose at 36 weeks and again at 37 weeks.
I did have DD1 at 38 weeks. But i doubt it was the capsules.

Picnic2223 Tue 17-Nov-15 21:50:53

Thank you ladies, I'm just looking for advice I'm pretty sure my baby will appear when it is ready but I was curious about aiding the labour

putthePuffindown Wed 18-Nov-15 08:33:07

My midwife recommended starting at 36 weeks, going with the theory it can't hurt! She also recommended dried dates and that was backed up with a bit of evidence - google dates and pregnancy and you'll find an interesting study with some promising results around improved dilation and reduced intervention smile

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