Raspberry Leaf Tea and Pregnancy

Raspberry Leaf Tea and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase. It brings excitement along with a lot of nervousness. Alongside, it brings with it the need to take good care of yourself so that your baby develops healthy inside you. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Every expecting mother should take good care and stay healthy so as to avoid any problems during birth. Taking care is much beyond just eating well these days. Many women are turning to herbal remedies in order to stay healthy for the sake of their baby. One such herbal example is raspberry leaf tea.

What is Raspberry leaf tea?

Raspberry leaf tea is derived from the raspberry plant. It may also be known as the red raspberry leaf or RRL. Its scientific name is Rubus idaeus and the leaf is generally pale green in color. The use of this herbal tea goes back to the ancient Romans and Greeks.

It is said that they used the leaf in order to cure a number of problems. The use of this leaf goes back to the 1500s. It is also a part of numerous cultures in Australia. However, western medicine recognized the importance of the raspberry leaf tea especially for pregnant women to make childbirth easier. This is basically a great tonic for the uterus.

What are the benefits?

The red raspberry leaf consists of a great number of nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, flavonoids, framamine to name a few. It showers upon pregnant ladies a number of great benefits such as those mentioned below:

It eliminates morning sickness, which is a very common ailment for pregnant ladies. Alongside, it alleviates stomach distress and nausea.
You won’t have to worry about bleeding gums once you start taking this tea.
The vitamin A present in the leaf tea is very important for the immune system of the mother. Alongside it ensures that the baby’s bones and skin develop healthily.
The mother benefits from the vitamin E in this leaf because it helps in better blood circulation.
Calcium makes sure that the bones of the baby develop well. Alongside, the nutrient ensures that childbirth is easier by controlling the nerve response to pain.
Fragarine or framamine allows easier contraction of the uterus during labor. It also helps after childbirth in that it tones the uterus so that it comes back to its normal size with ease.
The raspberry leaf tea also alleviates uterine cramping.
It also strengthens the uterine muscles thanks to the presence of magnesium in the herbal tea.
It also alleviates the pain caused during Braxton Hicks contractions, which can indeed be very painful.
After birth, it ensures good milk production.

Additional benefits of raspberry leaf tea

The goodness of raspberry leaf tea is not restricted just to pregnancy and childbirth. It helps in numerous different ways too such as for acne, for diarrhea, for sore throat, for cold, for flu, for anemia, for heavy periods as well as irregular periods, for diabetes, for lowering blood pressure, for burns, for ulcers, for cleansing wounds, to name a few.

Take the leaf tea in various ways

You can take the leaf tea in various ways. You can take it as loose leaf tea or tea bags. Tablets are also available as are tinctures. The tea form is of course the best but make sure you add some honey to make it palatable.

Side effects

The herb is very safe but some women might experience side effects such as loosened stools and nausea. Hence, talking to your doctor can be helpful. Women who have previously had a premature birth or a Cesarean section before should not take this tea.

You should also not take it if you have experienced vaginal bleeding in the later months of your pregnancy. Also, women with high BP; women who are expecting twins; women with a personal history or family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and fibroids should avoid this tea.

You should ideally start taking this tea in your thirty-second week of pregnancy and continue the use through birth and even afterwards. As aforementioned, it would be an excellent idea to speak to your doctor first.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.