I thought I heard before on another thread that it was 36 weeks because it might set off contractions early? Is that not true? I want to take it as soon as it's allowed as well (I'm only 30 weeks, so have some time!)
That's funny ajm200! Women in the US must be very different to women in the UK... I'm originally from the US, but have been away for 5 years... I wonder which advice I should follow I think it's supposed to speed up labour and make it easier (once you're in labour, I don't think it starts labour)... this is just from what I've read on MN and google, though... so not an extensive knowledge base here... hopefully someone more knowledgeable about it all will come along
Star6: It is daft isn't it. I found the info on a US site about drinking the stuff thoughout pregnancy, one cup in the first trimester, two in second and 3 in 3rd. I think it was babyfit or the US babycenter site. The list of forbidden foods is different too.. just shows that no-one really knows for sure about these things..
It's supposed to strenghten/tone the uterus making labour faster.
I used it last time from 28 weeks without a problem. Had to be induced for pre-clampsia and it took 5 days so definately didn't bring on labour in me.
I was able to push the baby out very quickly though, my womb shrank down very fast, the MW who checked me a couple of days later was amazed at the progress and had little or no afterpains.
My midwife said 30something weeks...can't remember whether it was 35 or 36. Unbelievable that in the US they advise you to drink something that can cause miscarriage, but crucify you if you have the odd drink...that won't do any harm....
kat2907 I was just thinking the same thing... how hypocritical that is - they are so over cautious and over dramatic about everything and then they tell you it's ok to go ahead and do something that is potentially harmful!
Blue - Raspberry Leaf Tea is supposed to make your uterus more efficient at contracting, ie contractions are stronger, it does not bring on labour per se, just increase the strength of the contractions once you're in labour. Some women do get Braxton Hicks contractions though, which obviously can be unpleasant.
Last time round I was looked after by a lovely down to earth midwife who has retired now. It was like being looked after by a knowledgable member of the family.
She was the one who told me to use raspberry leaf tea. She also said that a small glass of beer can help bring milk in after giving birth.
When asked what I need to provide for a homebirth, her first answer was plenty of strong tea and biccies for the midwives.... It is great that in the UK pregnancy and birth is not seen as a problem that has to be handled medically and most mums don't see any DR other than their GP