Raspberry leaf herbs are probably one of my personal favorite herbs to consume. Not only does this powerful herb have many physical benefits, but it’s the absolutely best-tasting (in my opinion). I order my Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea by Traditional Medicinals through Amazon. I love this brand and it’s the best deal that I can find on it!
Disclaimer: I thought I would share my experience with raspberry leaf during my last pregnant with my readers. Please note: this is for entertainment purposes only. If you are having a medical problem, please seek help from your doctor. Also, always ask your doctor before using any new medications, herbs, etc. especially if you’re pregnant or nursing. Just because one thing works for one person, doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone to try.
I began using red raspberry leaf in herbal tea form when I was pregnant with our first child. I used it as directed, which was towards the end of the pregnancy. I read in an herbal remedy book that it would help strengthen the uterus and have an impact on delivery. As a first time mom, I was especially nervous about delivery so I was willing to try anything.
I started drinking raspberry leaf tea around week 32 of my pregnancy, which meant that I had 8 weeks left. So did the raspberry leaf tea help? That’s hard to say. I can say that I didn’t experience strong contractions in the front. The back contractions that I had wear unbearable, however, and I ended up getting an epidural.
When it came time to push, they decreased the effectiveness of the epidural, as I assume they always do. My contractions were strong but not horribly painful in the front. I only pushed for about 20-30 minutes, so all in all, it was not a bad experience.
I truly feel that the red raspberry leaf tea helped strengthen my muscles for delivery. Delivering a child isn’t a walk in the park, regardless of what prepping you do beforehand.
So, here I sit, 6 months pregnant with our second child, trying to prep myself for delivery. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I immediately thought of raspberry leaf again.
According to WedMd, raspberry leaf can also be used for morning sickness and to prevent miscarriage, along with several non-pregnancy related symptoms. I have never used it early on in pregnancy. Again, always consult with your physician prior to trying any new remedies.