So, since I turned 28 weeks on last Friday, I started my teas on Sunday. I had been doing a lot of research on these teas and I finally feel comfortable enough to take them. I did consult with my midwife before taking them and she supported my decision.
Now, I am sure some of you have heard of these teas or maybe heard of one and not the other. Both of these teas were purchased at my local food stores (Wal-Mart and Target for the RRL tea). Let’s first do a quick summary of these amazing teas!
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (RRLT)
This is a very controversial tea and I can see why. RRLT contains several health benefits and has undergone several studies-due to its controversy. Some studies have or argued that RRLT is not safe to take because of its strong effect in the uterine muscle. It can cause miscarriage or early labor. Some moms have said that they experienced cramping after taking one cup. While others have little to no symptoms. On the plus side, this tea helps with many health benefits. It has been known to help with fertility in women, aid in respiratory problems (asthma), uterine strengthening, and much more. I, honestly, am taking it for the uterine strengthening. It can help with the ease of contractions, faster labor, and possibly help prevent uterine rupture. I am really focusing on the uterine benefits because I had a myomectomy in January 2013. The doctors feel that once a woman has had this procedure, depending where on the uterus the fibroids were removed, she is recommended to have a c-section. Any woman can have a rupture during pregnancy. Some are just more prone to it-depending on the health and strength of their uterus.
I took this tea when I was nursing my now 21 month old daughter. It has a very plain, but satisfying taste to it. I did not mix it with anything. Mother’s Milk tea has been known to improve the production of breast milk. I did not consume this too often. Only when I felt like I needed a little boost in my milk.
I started taking both of these teas for my own reasons.Of course, there are some cons to both teas. There are cons to everything in life nowadays. I would say that the RRLT has the most cons because it is more well known with the mommy community. I have read anything from the tea causing uterine contractions too early to it being perfectly safe. I, however, I have not had any side effects with it. I do have a schedule on how I am going to incorporate it in my routine. From weeks 28-30, I will only be drinking 1 cup a day. Weeks 30-32, I will increase it to 2 cups a day and from weeks 32-35-3 cups per day. Now, weeks 36+, I plan on adding Evening Primrose Oil. I also will be consuming dates and other natural herbs and ingredients. I want to have a natural and as relaxing as possible labor and delivery. I know that things may change and I am completely okay with that. As long as I know that I did everything I could’ve possibly done.
Both teas are perfectly safe to consume during and after pregnancy, but of course, you should consult with your healthcare provider before taking them.