I just started drinking my red raspberry leaf tea this pregnancy after my appointment with my midwife since I couldn’t remember how much I could drink in my first trimester. After drinking it the first day, I have noticed that I haven’t had as many instances of being nauseated. I actually haven’t dealt with nausea or low blood sugar at all on the days that I have had my red raspberry leaf tea. I don’t really remember noticing that when I was pregnant with Asher but, it was probably because I didn’t know that red raspberry leaf could help with morning sickness. I’m drinking a quart a day now and will increase that to half a gallon in my second trimester.
Red raspberry leaf is the single best herb women can take for uterine health. It’s most common use is in a tea drank during pregnancy to provide the uterus with nourishing vitamins and minerals vital for a healthy pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf contains virtually all of the vitamins and minerals our uterus needs to work efficiently. Some of those vitamins and minerals are C, E, A, B complex, and the minerals magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, silica, sulphur, tannins and an easily assimilated form of calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine that helps to tighten and tone the uterus and muscles in the pelvic region very gently. This helps to alleviate, and sometimes eliminate, menstrual cramps and makes for an easier birth.
Calcium and magnesium are two very important minerals for your uterus, especially during pregnancy. Calcium that is easily absorbed by the body (the form found in red raspberry leaf) controls the depolarization of the cells. That, in turn, allows the uterus muscle to receive oxygen and work efficiently. Without a sufficient supply of calcium, only part of the uterine muscle would work as it should. This would strain the rest of the uterine muscle and stress an already taxed body. Calcium also helps regulate the hormones released every month during your cycle and a sufficient supply helps to control symptoms of PMS. Magnesium helps to control the frequency of contractions by mitigating the repolarization of the muscle cells and slowing down the absorption of certain hormones.
Excerpts from The How To Herb Book
Red Raspberry Leaf is used as a basic herbal foundation for all female organs and problems. It is in many female combinations.
- Strengthens wall of uterus and entire female reproductive system.
- Decreases profuse menstrual flow.
- Good during all months of pregnancy. Alleviates morning sickness and nausea. Assists labor, makes delivery easier and relieves after pains. Tones and regulates before, during and after childbirth.
- Increases and enriches milk for lactation, can be combined with marshmallow tea.
- Raspberry tea is mild and pleasant to taste. It is good for stomachaches and bowel problems in children. For diarrhea in babies.
- Soothing to stomach and bowels and cankerous conditions of mucous membranes in the alimentary canal.
- High mineral and vitamin source.
Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology
Red raspberry leaf tea is one of the most renowned herbal teas. It has a wide reputation as a female tonic for relieving excessive menstrual bleeding. For pregnant women, it is used to relieve nausea, to tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth and to reduce the pain of childbirth.
Because of its widespread availability in pleasantly flavored teas, the astringent leaves are administered to children with diarrhea, flu, and vomiting.
Contains astringent compounds that relieve pain and shrink inflamed tissues, especially in the female reproductive system. It also contains bitter compounds that relieve smooth muscle spasms. it is an excellent herb source of manganese.
Red Raspberry Leaf is high or very high on the following nutrients:
Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
The renowned Quaker herbalist, Henry Box, is quoted as saying, “A tea made from Red Raspberry leaves is the best gift God ever gave to women. Its utility in travail is surprising. As a drink before and after confinement, it is unequaled by any other agent. If the pains of childbirth are premature, it will make all quiet. When timely, it will occasion a safe and easy parturition. If the mother is weak, it will abundantly strengthen her, cleanse her and enrich her milk.
The tea has been taken freely during all phases of pregnancy, and particularly during the last trimester to tone the uterus, and prepare the body for delivery. Dr. Christopher summed it up thus:
“When taken regularly in pregnancy, the infusion will quiet inappropriate premature pains and produce a safe, speedy, and easy delivery. Raspberry leaves stimulate, tone, and regulate before and during childbearing, assisting contractions and checking hemorrhage during labor, relieving after-pains, then strengthening, cleansing, and enriching the milk of the mother in the post-delivery period.”
Several years ago there was an article saying that large amounts of red raspberry leaf tea should be avoided during pregnancy. But, medical researchers have since said that it is safe.
“Medical studies have shown that red raspberry leaf can be consumed safely during pregnancy and can decrease the length of labor and decrease the number of interventions used such as artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), assisted delivery, and cesarean delivery.1 Red raspberry leaf also seems to help prevent pregnancies from pre-or post-term gestation (delivering too early or too late).” (source)
If you are unsure about drinking red raspberry leaf tea, avoid it in your first trimester and start out drinking only a cup or two a day. I see no reason why red raspberry leaf tea would be unsafe during pregnancy as it seems to do nothing but aid the body during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and after birth.Hopefully after reading this post, if you were wary at all about red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy, give it a try. I order my tea from The Bulk Herb Store. I love the way it tastes and am actually able to drink it unsweetened. That did take some getting used to but, I’m trying to cut out as much sugar as possible 🙂
I have had very easy pregnancies and had an easy labor with Asher. I don’t know if that’s in anyway due to me drinking red raspberry tea during my pregnancies but, I believe that the red raspberry tea does play a role in the health of my uterus. Now that I know of all of it’s health benefits, I plan do drink it the rest of my childbearing years and my menopausal years. It is truly an amazing herb that God blessed us women with.
Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional and the views expressed in this post are not to be viewed as professional advice. These are only my opinions. Consult your doctor/midwife before trying any herb during pregnancy.