In Canada and UK, the raspberry leaf is the herb recommended by midwives in late pregnancy. At my first pregnancy, I wanted to live the experience with midwives. It was wonderful. No disappointment! I had two midwives, Febee and Tema. They took care of me until the delivery. One of them helps me to give birth. When you choose to be attended by midwives, it means that you want to give birth naturally. With them, no prescription except folic acid or prenatal vitamins and of course the famous leaf raspberry herbal tea.
What are the raspberry leaves ? Traditionally, it was used by native americans. When women were pregnants, they concoct them a boiled beverage of raspberry leaves to ease the delivery. After many studies, raspberry was recognized to bring closer cramps. That will promote cervical dilatation. The womb is an elastic muscle. The particularity of this leaf will be to relax and tone the womb in order to ease the labour and allow the baby to pass quickly. Thanks to raspberry leaves, my first childbirth was exclusively natural and fast. The cramps were so constant that I had a labor only during 3 hours. Like a miracle! I had just enough time to push, my daughter was in my arms.
When should I take the herbal tea ? Some women start gradually, taking 1 cup of tea a day and gradually 3 cups a day during the last month of pregnancy. Know that the raspberry leaf is not a way to induce the delivery. It’s only to ease the delivery and feel the effects on D-day. Generally, it recommended to drink raspberry leaf in the third quarter. More precisely, from the 34th week. You should drink 3 cups a day. The taste is not really pleasant but when I thought about all the benefits of this leaf, I couldn’t hesitate. So, you can flavor it like you want with honey, lemon, sugar or everything…
What are the other benefits of raspberry leaf ? The raspberry leaf is really destined to women. All that concerns the uterus find its cure with raspberry leaf. In case of painful menstruations, drink 2 cups a day to relieve abdominal pain. After the childbirth, you should continue to drink 1 to 2 cups a day so that the uterus snaps into place promptly. During breastfeeding, the leaf could be also helpful. If you have lactation troubles, use it to increase the production of your milk.
And also, it is also used to aid fertility, to help stop excess bleeding after birth, to regulate irregular menstrual cycle.
In short, raspberry leaf plays on the ease of delivery and well beyond.
How can I take it ? You have the choice between herbal tea in bag or pills available in the organic stores. Or otherwise, in the form of dried leaves available in the herbalist. Have a tea ball to avoid scattering the leaves in your cup.
From pregnancy to maternity, raspberry leaf could be a good partner.