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Does it really work?

(9 Posts)
Erin19 Sun 07-Aug-16 17:49:16

Does raspberry leaf tea actually work or is it a waste of time? I have bought the capsules and tea. What would everyone recommend to take?

HughLauriesStubble Sun 07-Aug-16 18:59:33

I drank the tea from around 27 weeks on both pregnancies. It's definitely an acquired taste but I grew quite fond of it in the end! I ended up with an induction for medical reasons with my first so it didn't count but with my second I think it definitely helped. I was only pushing for about 5 minutes. I asked the mw afterwards and she said that she believes that it makes your contractions more effective and that was definitely the case in my labour. I started off with 1cup a day and gradually built up to 3-4 cups a day by the end of the pregnancy.

m33r Sun 07-Aug-16 19:44:39

I drank loads of it. From waters going in town to my little boy being in my arms I was 3 hours and 55 minutes. This included going home, getting changed, having a little tidy up etc, getting to hosp to be told I was 2cm and maybe I should go home - no thank you - up to a waiting ward thingy. They refused to examine me because it was too soon from the 2cm. I insisted and as well as I did as apparently I was 9cm and involuntarily pushing. Cue a rush up to labour and 25 minutes of pushing. I will def be back on it this time!

m33r Sun 07-Aug-16 19:45:36

I only thought you could drink it from 35 weeks. I was also a week early x

Dixiechick17 Sun 07-Aug-16 21:49:00

I drank it from 36 weeks around 3-4 cups a day, I quite liked it. My DD was born just over five hours after my first contraction, pushing itself took a while though and I had a weak cervix anyway, so the speedy birth was probably due to that.

Flisspaps Sun 07-Aug-16 21:52:18


Two lengthy labours with forceps and PPH both times.

Drink something nice or eat some Jaffa cakes instead.

Gunpowder Sun 07-Aug-16 21:56:38

There's evidence that eating dates (as in the fruit) make your labour shorter and you less likely to go overdue.

study here

Despite a very long latent phase, my DD was out in 4 pushes which I put down to the raspberry leaf tea. I quite like it though. looking forward to getting back onto it in a few weeks!

thecatsarecrazy Sun 07-Aug-16 22:31:30

Didn't do anything for me. I enjoyed drinking it but ds 10 days late and very long labour

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