Blooming Marvellous - Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy and beyond.
RASPBERRY LEAF TEA
What exactly is Raspberry Tea and why is it so beneficial to women especially during the later stages of pregnancy?
Raspberry leaf tea is the perfect superpower of herbs during pregnancy but can also be continued to consume after pregnancy and helps to support low moods and hormone imbalance leading up to your period.
Told you this herb has superpowers.
So, let’s talk herbs.
Raspberry leaf tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the Raspberry plant and can along with the later stages of pregnancy, it can be consumed for Uterine medicinal purposes too.
Reducing common monthly symptoms, such as PMS, Headaches, Anxiety, PLUS it is a natural pain relief, there is so much that this plant has to offer with the advantage of also tasting super delicious.
The taste of red raspberry leaf tea has been described as a variation of black tea and if this isn’t your thing, then you can always add Honey and Sugar to balance the flavour.
It can also pair well with Spearmint, Lemon Balm Leaf and Hibiscus too that just gives it that extra bit of infused loveliness.
This little leaf is also jam-packed full of healthy Antioxidants, Minerals & Iron to help you focus and keep you healthy.
According to the website BabyCenter,
It's possible that raspberry leaf tea may also:
- Shorten labour. One small study of less than 200 women found that raspberry tea shortened the second stage of labour by about 10 minutes.
- Reduce the need for labour interventions: The same study found a decrease in the use of forceps in women who consumed raspberry leaf in tablet form from 32 weeks of pregnancy until labour. An even smaller study of just over 100 women suggested those who had raspberry leaf products during pregnancy were less likely to require a c-section, artificial rupture of the bag of waters, or vacuum-assisted birth compared with women who didn't consume raspberry leaf tea.
- Lower rates of pre-term and post-term birth: A small, observational study involving around 150 women found those who drank raspberry leaf tea were more likely to give birth close to their due date.
- Reduce nausea. Some midwives and herbal books promote red raspberry tea to help with morning sickness. However, there is controversy over whether it's safe to drink the tea during the first trimester.
- Ease labour pains. Raspberry leaf is sometimes touted as helping reduce the pain of labour, but there are no studies to confirm this.
Who shouldn't drink red raspberry tea during pregnancy?
Don't drink raspberry leaf tea if:
- You had a previous labour that lasted three hours or less.
- You're having a C-section, or you've had a caesarean section before.
- You previously went into labour prematurely.
- You've had any vaginal bleeding in the second half of your pregnancy.
- You've had or are at risk for ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or fibroids.
- Your baby is breech.
- You have pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure.
- You're expecting twins.
- You have pre-existing or gestational diabetes
RASPBERRY LEAF WHILST PREGNANT
Raspberry leaf is a great blend when you are pregnant and considered safe to drink from 34 weeks. The plant is beneficial towards strengthening your uterus muscles and, in turn, believed to help induce & speed up labour - this, of course, is not a proven medical fact. Still, it similarly does work with menstrual cramps and can reduce the pain.
But don't stop there; keep drinking this brew to support your fluctuating hormones and help your uterus contract back again after labour (contractions can still occur for hours after childbirth!).
Plus, it can help reduce postpartum bleeding and postnatal blues (Postnatal blues are REAL. This blend is beneficial towards the highs & lows of becoming a new mum. Please keep checking in with yourself, and please reach out for help if you are struggling).
Advise taken from My Expert Midwife.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRINK RASPBERRY LEAF?
So, ladies, if you struggle with period pain, cramps, anxiety, or became a new mum, this blend will soon become your new best friend!
Just one or two cups a day, especially in the run-up to your period and throughout that week, help calm symptoms. Consistency is the key here, and we recommend drinking for 28 days to be able to see the difference in yourself (28 days as it will go in line with your cycle)
After 34 weeks of pregnancy, starting off with just one cup a day and then you can slowly increase to two if you want.
If tea isn’t really your thing but you are still keen to try this amazing herb, then you can always make a delicious ice cold and refreshing Raspberry Leaf drink. Perfect to sip in the garden.
- 8-1/4 cups water, divided
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 5 Wild Women tea bags
- 3 to 4 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries
- In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add 4 cups water.
- In another saucepan, bring raspberries and remaining water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard pulp. Add raspberry juice to the tea mixture. Serve in chilled glasses over ice.
The Pregnancy Box
Our mum to be box was created to help support women in the later stages of their pregnancy (34 weeks) and even after pregnancy too.
A little helping hand to get your body ready for labour and also recovery.
No matter how many books you read throughout your pregnancy, lets just face it, you are never ready for what is to come and that is ok.
We all have different stories and different journeys, and our tea was created to not only prepare your body but to also prepare your mind too.
Taking 10 minutes out of your day to make the perfect mug of tea blended with only the best of nutritional herb’s is the best self-care that you can do for yourself.
You are growing an amazing bump and sometimes, it is not all plain sailing with all the lovely joys of dealing with Nausea, Chronic Indigestion, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Insomnia and Mood Swings.
With all these symptoms in mind, we want a smooth pregnancy, a quick labour, and a speedy recovery. We get that.
With all of this in mind, our Pregnancy Box contains two perfect blends for both Morning and Evening.
We can’t change how labour will go, but we can help, and our tea is a great place to start.
Start your day with a cup of our Everything’s Rosey. A blend of raspberry leaf, forest berries and mint leaves.
The mint has been added to help with any nasty nausea that you may be experiencing and cramps.
FLY ME TO THE MOON
Our evening tea is our Fly me to the moon which is a fruity blend perfect just before bed. Filled with refreshing blend of Orange and Apricot which are full of vitamins and cleansing herb’s such as Fennel and Chamomile.
You can now also order The Pregnancy Box as a sample box so you can have a little taster to try.
NOT SUITABLE FOR EXPECTANT MUMS UNDER 34 WEEKS.