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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – a blessing or a danger?

A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is good for inducing labour, and other people say that you should take it the whole way through your pregnancy to have an easier labour.  People say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy  So what is the truth?  Is this tea a blessing or a danger?
The first two articles on RRLT has been gleaned from the research completed by the lovely ladies on the forums.

Susun Weed writes in Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Which is currently in it’s 24th printing!!):

The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves’ gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation. Read the rest of this entry »


Pregnancy discomforts

Now I’m trying to find the sites that I found regarding pregnancy discomforts, but I can’t find them at the moment.  But this info is great because I felt pretty good this last pregnancy!  I had each of these discomforts pretty bad, until I took the advice that I was told – and have now shared with you!

These are some complaints I got rid of while pregnant:
Swollen legs & feet – up your water, protein & good salt intake.  Making sure you drink enough in the early week 20s makes it less likely you will swell later on.
Heartburn & reflux – cut out wheat from your diet (depending on your body, it may take up to 3 weeks to make a difference). Also, go to the chiropractor.
Leg cramps – caused by magnesium, calcium & potassium deficiencies.  Also dehydration.  I found that eating a banana wasn’t enough to stop this – I had to go the magnesium tablets to get them under control.
Restless legs – iron tablets
Pelvic joint pain – chiropractor

I’m sure you can just up the magnesium and iron in your diet to get rid of those complaints, but I couldn’t be bothered figuring out what foods had what.

Also, apparently having a high sugar diet means that you have a much lower pain threshold. I’m not totally sure about this, as my diet wasn’t that great with Will (sugar wise), and I would classify the pain as more ‘discomfort’, than actual pain.  But this may be all the mental work I had done.

With Gabe, my waters broke at 38 weeks, and I had to be induced.  When I was pregnant with Will, I found out you can strengthen your amniotic sack with Vitamin C.

If you’ve got any other questions or discomforts, feel free to ask me about them, and I’ll see what I can find out!

Edit: Some more info:
pre-ecclampsia can mostly be avoided with changes to your diet, and upping your magnesium
Placental abrubtion is often caused by poor diet (think developing countries), and not enough water in the early week 20s of pregnancy.  This is incredibly rare, but something to think about if you get insanely, insanely sick for weeks and weeks at around that time of your pregnancy.

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Posted by on August 27, 2010 in All, Pregnancy discomforts

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