My midwife shared Red Raspberry Leaf with me when I asked her what else I could be doing or taking to prepare for a smooth labor.
I had a great experience with Red Raspberry Leaf, so I’m passing on the goodness + what I’ve learned about it since then.
As a reminder, you know your body best — make your consumption decisions with information + the guidance of your individual provider.
Taking red raspberry leaf tea can help regulate menstrual cycles + eventually support your egg’s implantation by strengthening your uterine wall. Some women claim it reduces PMS and cramping during menstrual cycles, too.
My midwife suggested taking red raspberry leaf tea at 33 weeks for its uterus toning properties.
I have to say that I think this really does work so far. I feel super, super light period cramps, which supposedly means it’s working.— Week 33, Courtney’s Pregnancy Journal
Some women report red raspberry leaf to curb morning sickness, though I cannot attest to that personally.
This tea also helps by improving the flow and circulation of blood, which can benefit the health of an expectant mother and the developing baby as well.
Red raspberry leaf tea contains fragrine, a unique alkaloid that can help strengthen a woman’s uterine and pelvic muscles which can make delivery easier and less painful when the time comes.
One study showed that women who used raspberry leaves in pregnancy were less likely to have a c-section, forceps, or vacuum extraction, as well as less likely to have artificial rupture of membranes.
Remember, trust your individual provider + confirm with them before taking at any stage of your life. No studies have shown any harm, and none have looked at the effects of different dosages. (Most studies were survey-based, retrospective, and only looked at using the raspberry leaf as yes/no — so using once or twice would be “yes” despite that this would not be expected to show any real benefit.)
Have you taken red raspberry leaf before? What benefits did you notice? Any downfalls?
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