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Raspberry leaf tea / capsules

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JaffaJaffaJaffa Mon 16-Oct-17 10:31:37

Yes or no? What have your experiences been?

Redhead17 Mon 16-Oct-17 10:32:55

Just loosing pounds out your bank I think

midnightflowers Mon 16-Oct-17 10:34:44

I’ve been drinking it since 25 weeks, apparently makes the pushing stage of labour quicker.
I drank it with my previous pregnancy and only pushed for a couple of minutes.
I like to think it was the tea!

gamerchick Mon 16-Oct-17 10:37:13

Well I did get the shorter pushing stage they promised but that also may have been because it was my third and my body remembers previous labours.

Gaggleofgirls Mon 16-Oct-17 13:09:11

Also very short pushing stage with the one I drank it for. Haven't done this time, reminds me I should get some

Cagliostro Mon 16-Oct-17 13:16:01

Shorter pushing when I used it too, although TBF it was my second anyway and also a bigger baby which tends to be quicker.

But I figure for a few quid (pack of sixty bags on Amazon) and a bit of yuck - I really don't like herbal/fruit tea - it's not a big hardship if there's any chance it helps. So I'm having one or two a day now.

ClaireBear1986 Mon 16-Oct-17 14:19:07

Silly question, but can you drink these from any point in the pregnancy?

As a friend told me that you shouldn't have raspberry leaf tea/capsules until 36 weeks. Tbh she wasn't sure why but said she had read it online.

Thanks smile

JaffaJaffaJaffa Mon 16-Oct-17 14:29:52

Apparently it's only for later in pregnancy - packaging says not before 30 weeks

midnightflowers Mon 16-Oct-17 14:33:48

I’ve brought the capsules and they say from 30 weeks.
The tea says not in early pregnancy.
I’ve been having anything from 2-6 cups a day for the last 4/5 weeks and I’m now nearly 30 weeks.
It’s a myth it induces labour. It just helps tone your uterus.
Does anyone know if it’s true about it helping to soften your cervix?

ClaireBear1986 Mon 16-Oct-17 14:42:11

Thanks for the info @MidnightFlowers, really helpful smile

YouCantArgueWithStupid Mon 16-Oct-17 14:47:07

Again just my experience but I drank it from 30 weeks with DC1, 37h labour but she was out in 2 pushes.

asongforthelovers Tue 17-Oct-17 16:31:31

I took them with all 3 pregnancies, just had baby no.3 took 10 mins from waters breaking to holding him in my arms.

All 3 labours and pushing were pretty quick, drank the tea with first 2 and capsules with 3rd.

HandbagFan Tue 17-Oct-17 16:55:11

Drank shit loads while pregnant with DS. He never engaged, I never went into labour, and he was an EMCS at 42+1.

Tasted nice though!

JaffaJaffaJaffa Thu 19-Oct-17 15:50:19

The capsules I have say to take 2 a day which amounts to 375mg....that seems a lot less than I've read online??

Pigofwar Thu 19-Oct-17 16:05:50

Raspberry Leaf Tea is the only thing my 30+ years’ experienced midwife told me actually has evidence to support it of all the labour-related “old wives tales”. I had a v short pushing stage. Who knows whether it helped but I will be drinking it next time too.

Rachy334 Sat 21-Oct-17 09:06:12

I took the capsules from 37 weeks. Got to the hospital an hour before baby arrived and was probably pushing for 15/20 minutes. Will definitely be taking them again this time x

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