Red raspberry is a wonder herb, which had been widely used since ages for treating various ailments like flu, fever and digestive disorders, etc. The healing and therapeutic properties of red raspberry leaf tea for women are the most well-known benefits of this herb. It is known to reduce the pain associated with childbirth, but has no effect to reduce the pain caused due to the dilation of the pelvic muscles.
Expecting mothers should drink raspberry leaf tea only after passing the due date or after crossing the 38th week.
Some may recommend 2 to 3 cups a day, by the third trimester or 1 cup a day in the earlier stages of pregnancy. Consult a qualified medical expert on the number of cups to drink and when to drink.
The consumption of this herbal tea in the initial stages of pregnancy is a much debated topic. Some believe that it can cause the muscles of the uterus to contract and expand, and hence can cause a miscarriage if taken in the initial stages of pregnancy. Hence, consult and confirm with a medical professional before starting this herbal therapy.
It is important to know that the consumption of red raspberry leaf tea (alone) to induce labor does not lead to labor pains, i.e., it does not induce labor, it just helps to tone the muscles of the uterus. To induce labor, you will have to try a combination of things like walking, acupuncture, house cleaning, etc., along with sipping some raspberry tea. Try them only and only if you have crossed your delivery date or if your due date is fast approaching. Many women consume it in the form of ice cubes or as tablets during the delivery to help ease the pain and improve the contractions. Women also increase the dosage once they are past their due date.
The method of preparation of this tea is pretty simple. All one has to do is boil water, let it sit for 5 minutes and then add two to three teaspoons of red raspberry tea leaves. The tea leaves should seep into the water and should be consumed when the tea is still hot. To truly enjoy the benefits, one must drink the tea as hot as possible. Many midwives recommend consuming raspberry leaf tea because of its many health benefits.
Helping Induce Labor
The red raspberry plant is a rich source of plenty of vitamins and minerals. There are many benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy. Let's take a look at the benefits that this tea does to the body.
- Its high percentage of vitamin A is known to benefit women by increasing their immunity, and it also makes the skin glow.
- The tea is also rich in vitamin C which improves blood circulation in expecting women.
- It is also known to ease morning sickness. The use of this tea in aiding labor is popular primarily because it is known to tone the uterus muscles which makes the delivery easier.
- Raspberry leaf tea induction is believed to make the delivery relatively simple. The risk of labor injuries caused due to the use of forceps, etc., is also eliminated.
- It also helps in preventing leg cramps and anemia. Moreover, the tea is also known to help the body recover faster after the delivery.
- Red raspberry leaf is high in vitamins and minerals and is said to help ease menstrual cramps, too.
- Consumption of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is known to assist in the healthy development of the baby. It also aids in the bone development of the baby.
- It is also known to improve mood swings and contains skin-firming properties. Post delivery, it is known to assist in the production of milk.
- You can even have it post delivery, as raspberry tea is also known to help the uterus get back to its original size.
- Some even believe that this herb helps in curing infertility.
Drinking red raspberry leaf tea benefits everyone as its every sip is soaked with healing properties. Now that you are aware why pregnant women drink raspberry leaf tea, it is always advised to talk to a medical practitioner before starting a raspberry tea ritual. Better safe than sorry.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by a professional on the subject. It is always best for pregnant women to seek the advice of their gynecologist/obstetrician for issues related to pregnancy.