Morning Sickness: Raspberry Leaf Tea for Morning Sickness?

I have heard conflicting information about using raspberry leaf tea for morning sickness. Some say it is safe, but I have also heard tht it may cause uterine contractions.


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According to the reference book, "Herbology throughout the Reproductive Cycle" from the American College of Nurse Midwives, drinking one cup of raspberry leaf tea a day would be safe and may help in the relief of morning sickness. The tea should be prepared with two teaspoons of leaves steeped for a couple of minutes in one cup of boiling water.

The "Complete Woman's Herbal" says, "raspberry leaves are best taken as a warm infusion. From the third month onward, you can take a cupful once a day, and from the sixth month, three times a day. When the birth is imminent, one teaspoon of composition essence can be added to each cup of tea, and once contractions begin, it should be taken one cupful an hour while you can. After birth, once to three times daily to tone and strengthen the pelvic tissues."

In concentrated form, raspberry leaf tea can cause uterine stimulation. I would not recommend this tea for a woman at risk for miscarriage or preterm labor.

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