Why pregnant mamas may want red raspberry leaf tea

If you are pregnant, why would you want red raspberry leaf tea?

You may or may not be a tea person…

Nonetheless, take note…

Disclaimer: The following is a tiny bit graphic…Also, I encourage you to do your own research on this topic and I am only giving my personal experience and sharing the research I have gathered…

A big question I had for my mid-wife: What if I bleed a lot after the baby is born?

She let me know this is called post-par tum hemorrhaging and none of her moms have had it because she requires consumption of one important medicine: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Based on the research I’ve done, red raspberry leaf tea strengthens the uterus and provides nutrients to a woman’s internal womanly parts. It fosters a quicker labor and provides a great success rate for a complication-free delivery. It also helps with milk production.

Here is a great article I first read in my exploration of this medicinal herb

I love that she says:

How Red Raspberry Leaf Helps the Pregnant Mother and Baby:

The increased vitamin A intake, in the form of carotenoids of RRL can aid the women’s immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby. The Vitamin E helps to promote better circulation in the mother whose blood volume dramatically increases during pregnancy. RRL contains an easily assimilated form of calcium. An increased availability of calcium is necessary in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth and in aiding bone development in the baby. The presence of fragrine allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor. The high vitamin and mineral content helps to replace those that are lost via blood loss in delivery. The alkaloids that are present will also aid in toning the uterus after birth as it returns back to its usual size.

Other Pregnancy Related Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:

-It increases fertility in both men and women (drink for a few months while trying to conceive).

-Prevents miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage by helping to tone the uterus thus creating a relaxed (atonic) uterus.

-Eases morning sickness

-Reduces pain during labor and after birth: By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.

-Assists in the production of plentiful breast milk

-Can help make labor faster: RRL works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It doesn’t strengthen contractions but it does allow the uterus to work more efficiently

-Studies show that women taking RRL have a reduced incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps delivery or cesarean

Other Uses for Red Raspberry Leaf:

-Treating the common cold or flu (Treat with a RRL fast. Drink only the tea while your symptoms persist. Once your symptoms are gone return to eating fresh fruits/vegetables.)

-Treating sore throat

-Treating diarrhea (Drink 6 cups a day to treat diarrhea)

-Regulating a menstrual period and decreasing heavy periods (Drink 2-3 cups per day. After 2-3 months you should obtain a regular cycle.)

-Treating Acne: It can act as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin which effectively reduces secretions, relieves irritation and improves tissue firmness.

-Can be used as a mouth wash to soothe mouth and throat irritations

-Can lower blood sugar in those suffering with diabetes (Those with diabetes must take care not to take RRL in too high of doses or it could actually cause their blood sugar to drop too low).

A Pittsburgh tea grower

Here is an article I found, written by a local Pittsburgh tea grower.

Another great article

Here is a really informative article from bellybelly.com. She does list risk factors that may not allow you to drink large amounts of the tea. Medical doctors and holistic practioners may have a difference of opinion when it comes to a question like this, so be not afraid to get a second opinion on how you can use herbs to heal.

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