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Raspberry Leaf Tea

(17 Posts)
KJ11 Thu 21-Aug-08 14:39:18

I am 34+4, when is the best time to start taking Raspberry Leaf Tea capsules?

oopsacoconut Thu 21-Aug-08 14:53:35

Anytime from 32weeks is fine according to herbailst.

FruitynNutty Thu 21-Aug-08 14:55:55

WASTE OF TIME!!! grin Sorry to disappoint but I know so many people who have tried this (Including me!)along with everything else and their babies came late, very late.
Always worth a try I suppose.

mrsfossil Thu 21-Aug-08 17:12:04

I also tried raspberry leaf tea with ds and went 2 weeks over. I recently read that it won't start you off but will help tone up uterus (something like that)

The midwife said lots of sex at 39/40 weeks might do the trick. Thats if you can physically manage it then hmm this didn't work for me either though grin

lauraloola Thu 21-Aug-08 17:19:41

I took them from 36 weeks and had a 2 hour labour and was one day early.

lulumama Thu 21-Aug-08 17:31:16

RLT is not to induce labour or encourage your baby to come earlier

it is to tone the uterus, thereby making contractions more effective and shortening labour

it can be drunk during labour too

started drinking tea at 37 weeks, had DD at 40 weeks on the nose, 3 hrs 15 in labour.. well, established labour anyway wink

sweetkitty Thu 21-Aug-08 17:41:35

I've taken the capsules from 33 weeks with all 3

DD1 4h 20m labour 15 days early
DD2 2h 30m labour 12 days late
DD3 1h 35m labour 5 days late

I agree that NOTHING makes a baby come before it is ready to however, the raspberry leaves are supposed to make the pushing stage shorter, in my last labour I had 2 pushes and baby was out but you don't want that either though as too fast can have it's problems as well.

wellbalanced Thu 21-Aug-08 18:20:41

Never used myself but i plan to, my friend used from 36wk and had baby on due date and a very quick 1h 40min labour.

Sakladdie Thu 21-Aug-08 18:28:34

i used from 32 weeks and was only in full labour for 30 mins and luckily was already in hosp or would not have got there. Not that iwas or am complaining

threekids Fri 22-Aug-08 15:32:00

I dont know if this counts. I had my first two without RLT and had to be induced on both occasions then had major PPH.

With number 3 i took RLT towards the end, and he was a little late but he came on his own, had a nice smooth labour and no PPH. But we did combine RLT with nooky which my DH though was great. "One more, that will do it" he used to tell me and i was desperate so i believed him!!!!

Jael Fri 22-Aug-08 15:35:12

I took RLT when I was pregnant with my daughter, now 2 1/2. I was 2 weeks late, had a horrible 26 hr labour followed by emergency c-section. Saying that, when I do finally get pregnant with my next baby, I'll still give it a go again. X

threekids Fri 22-Aug-08 15:42:57

Just adding to my last post though, my DS was born just 13 months after his sister so my body may have been in the zone so to speak. I was just glad that i didnt need inducing. Labour for me was easier without induction. I only had G&A and that was because it was there, not really because i needed it!

Aubergenie Fri 22-Aug-08 20:19:56

Interesting. I'm going to give it a try. How much do you need to take and is it better to have the tea bags or the capsules?

threekids Fri 22-Aug-08 20:40:21

God i cant remember sorry, that was like 11 years ago. I think i had tabs cause i hated the tea.

ellideb Fri 22-Aug-08 20:44:34

Look at this page

Helsbels4 Fri 22-Aug-08 20:46:18

I didn't take them with DS and he was three days late - 24hr labour. Took the tablets with DD from about 30 odd weeks and she was three days late - 20hr labour. Not planning on a no.3 but wouldn't waste my money to be honest.

ellideb Fri 22-Aug-08 20:58:43


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