Raspberry leaf tea

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Raspberry leaf tea
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Sat, 06-21-2008 - 2:56pm

Have any of you advice to offer on the use of raspberry leaf tea? I used it last time around but cannot remember when I started drinking it. Does anyone have experience of using it? My worry this time around is that my Braxton Hicks have started much earlier and are more frequent and although I dont mind my baby coming out a couple of weeks early, I'd rather not have him prematurely.


I also wondered whether anyone has tried using fresh leaves. I used the bought tea before, but have some raspberry bushes in my garden now and wonder whether I could just pour boiling water on a pan of leaves and drink it.


Does anyone else have any tips on natural ways of helping the body prepare during the third trimester?


Torielle

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Registered: 02-01-2008
Mon, 06-23-2008 - 9:29am

I only have anecdotal info, having not used it myself.

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Mon, 06-23-2008 - 11:16am

Well, it's an encouraging start - I do indeed walk daily (unless my Braxton Hicks get in the way) and am plannig to drink raspberry tea - I just wonder whether to start now (29 weeks) or later...


Torielle

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Registered: 07-01-2008
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 8:12am
I used it before my delivery. My midwife recommends you start drinking it 4 weeks before your due date. It is supposed to help strengthen the uterus by making the Braxton Hicks Contractions more effective. I live in Germany and here they are called "Practice Pains" because they are our bodies way of preparing for the delivery. Maybe it was the tea maybe it was my gene pool but this was ms first birth at 40 and I was 1 cm at 6:30am and my son was born at 12:57, so I recommend it.
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Registered: 01-08-2008
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 11:47pm
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Registered: 12-24-2006
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 1:30pm

I was hoping to start drinking the tea much earlier - I was thinking of say one cup per day from 30 weeks then up to 2 cups per day from 34 weeks, then as much as possible from 37 weeks, once the risk of premature birth is past. Does anyone have an idea if this is a good plan?


As for walking,