Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – Benefits For Pregnancy And Labour

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - Benefits For Pregnancy And Labour

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard about red raspberry leaf tea and it’s benefits as a uterine tonic.

What is red raspberry leaf exactly?

As it’s name suggests, red raspberry leaf is a herb derived from red raspberry leaves.

It’s been used medicinally for thousands of years, including amongst indigenous Australian cultures.

In the 1940s, western medicine practitioners began to use it as a tonic for the uterus during pregnancy and childbirth.

So, what are the benefits of using red raspberry leaf and is it safe?

Here’s everything you need to know about red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy.

Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits

Red raspberry leaves contains a rich assortment of vitamins including vitamin B complex, calcium, iron, magnesium and fragarine.

Across the world, red raspberry leaf is used to treat flu, diarrhoea and acne.

It’s used to lower the blood sugar of diabetic women, regulate irregular menstrual cycles, decrease heavy periods and lower blood pressure.

When taken during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is said to aid the mother’s immune system, ease morning sickness and promote better circulation.

Raspberry Leaf Tea To Induce Labour

Taking raspberry leaf is believed to help strengthen uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth, as well as assist with breastmilk supply.

Studies have shown that women who take red raspberry leaf have a reduced incidence of birth interventions.

Research has also found that women who drink red raspberry leaf tea regularly towards the end of their pregnancies had shorter second stages of labour than those who don’t.

From a study published by Australian midwives in 1999:

“The sample consisted of 108 mothers; 57 (52.8%) consumed raspberry leaf products while 51 (47.2%) were in the control group. The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken. That is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”

More extensive research is needed.

But with very little in the way of side effects and such great benefits observed and recorded, red raspberry leaf tea is a great option for pregnant women.

How Should I Take Red Raspberry Leaf?

Lots of pregnant women choose to drink raspberry leaf tea which can be purchased at most supermarkets, health food stores or online.

It’s available in tea bags or as loose leaf tea – seek out organic, local raspberry leaf tea from a reliable source.

When purchasing raspberry leaf tea, beware of cheap imported teas which may be contaminated with other items.

If you’re not a fan of fruit teas, or the flavour of raspberry leaf tea, you can also take red raspberry leaf in tablet form.

It’s also available as a tincture that can be added to water, juice or tea but be aware that tinctures usually contain alcohol.

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How Much Red Raspberry Leaf Should I Take?

It is difficult to be exact with dosages if you drink raspberry leaf tea, because it depends on how long you steep the tea and the quantity you use.

The best way to prepare your raspberry leaf tea is to boil a cup of water, placing it into a teapot.

Put in a teaspoon of raspberry leaf tea, stir or swish and then let it steep for ten minutes. When ten minutes is up, pour it into your favourite mug and enjoy!

The taste of raspberry leaf is a little bitter, so you may want to sweeten it with some honey.

You can have up to 4-5 cups of raspberry leaf tea in your third trimester, but have at least 2-3.

If you’re in your first trimester, one cup per day is fine.

If you prefer raspberry leaf tablets, it is suggested that you take two 300mg or 400mg tablets with each meal, three times a day, from 32 weeks (Parsons, 1999).

Potential Side Effects Of Red Raspberry Leaf

Most women do not experience any side effects from taking raspberry leaf tea, however the following side effects are possible:

  • Nausea
  • Loose stools
  • Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions

Is Raspberry Leaf Tea Safe During Pregnancy?

There’s a great deal of conflicting information about contraindications for red raspberry leaf.

BellyBelly’s naturopath, Nicole Tracy from Nurtured by Nature, says there are no known contraindications for raspberry leaf when used in the third trimester at an appropriate dose.

If you’ve had a previous labour which has been really fast, raspberry leaf is best avoided.

You should only use red raspberry leaf under the care of your naturopath or herbalist.

What About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section)?

There’s also some confusion over raspberry leaf and VBAC.

Rest assured, raspberry leaf is safe for VBAC women.

Nicole says, “There’s often some confusion around raspberry leaf being contraindicated in VBAC births. This is most certainly not the case, and it does not increase the risk of premature labour or rupture of caesarean scars. It’s wise for all women (especially those planning a VBAC) to take raspberry leaf tea, tincture or tablet form from the beginning of the third trimester, in gradually increasing amounts.”

When Can I Start Taking Red Raspberry Leaf?

Experts generally recommend not to start taking red raspberry leaf until you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy.

If you wish to take it sooner, simply check with a trusted naturopath.

You can then continue to drink raspberry leaf tea (or take the tablets or capsules) until the end of your pregnancy.

Raspberry leaf takes several weeks to accumulate in the body and take effect.

You should start by drinking one cup of red raspberry leaf tea per day, and gradually increase to three cups.

If you choose to take capsules, follow the recommended dosage instructions on the label.

If you experience strong Braxton Hicks contractions after taking raspberry leaf tea, speak to your healthcare provider.

You can continue to drink red raspberry leaf tea after the birth too.

This nutrient-rich herb can be continued for two weeks postnatally. It can assist with reducing blood loss, toning the uterus and supporting breast milk production.

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  1. “If you’re not a fan of fruit teas, you can also take red raspberry leaf in tablet form.”
    As this tea is made from the leaves of the plant, it doesn’t taste like fruit.

  2. I took raspberry leaf tea the organic one during my last two weeks of pregnancy. I had a VBAC and didnt need to push for delivery. My baby girl flew out by herself and was healthy! 7lbs 7oz. Matter of fact im about to go fix me a cup now to help shrink my uterus back faster. I have 3 1/2 weeks left before my 6wks ck up! I love this tea and it was a fast delivery and i went natural no meds or epidural! Whooo hooo! 🙂

    1. No! The key word to look for is raspberry LEAF. It is not here same as the plain red raspberry. The leaf tea doesn’t taste like fruity at all! Hope this helps.

      1. She asked if “Red Raspberry Leaf” and “Raspberry Leaf” were the same. I think, yes, they are the same. But Brittany is right, “Raspberry” tea is made from the dried fruit, the leaf is what you want. You can also make it yourself if you have a raspberry patch. Just harvest the leaves while they’re green, let them dry and use as normal dried tea leaves.

  3. From drinking this tea will it effect any condition such as low platelet will it do any harm or not? very curious please tell me thank

  4. The raspberry leaf tea that was given to me as a gift for helping me in pregnancy states a warning to not drink while you are trying or are pregnant. Why does it say that?

  5. I see where it’s recommended to take 4-5 cups by the third trimester….is that 4-5 tea cups/mugs or 4-5 actual measuring cups?

  6. you guys really need to do some fact checking on this article. Raspberry leaf tea had no proven benefits during labor and most doctors recommend avoiding it during late pregnancy as it can act similarity to the estrogen hormone and cause troubles during labor. It’s irresponsible to post this information as fact when it is completely unfounded.

    1. Exactly.
      The author of the “Australian study 1999″ Michele Simpsons quotes ” I would, however, discourage its use, until further studies can demonstrate its safety and efficacy”.

    2. Y’all do realize she directly linked to the pubmed article right?? Just saying if natural methods bother you, stay on the conventional side of the pool. And don’t use scare tactics to freak out people when mothers have been using this for literally thousands of years

    3. Complete rubbish! I don’t need scientific data to confirm the benefits I received when I implemented this tea during my third trimester. Smooth, quick, effective labor! Take that scientific studies 🙂

  7. I’ve been taking two cups a day for 4 days and prior to that just one cup but I’ve started feeling sick and needing the loo (stool) loose more often could this be because of the tea. I seemed fine on one cup

  8. Hi there, the article is very confusing, I would appreciate some clarification! The article which has this link on it says to start drinking 1 cup a day at 24 weeks, then this link says 1 cup a day is fine in the first semester, then near the bottom it says start drinking slowly at 32 weeks. Which is it?!!! Thanks!

    1. I’m not sure what you mean about “the article which has this link on it” but as per this article, it’s generally recommended to start in the final trimester (after 27 weeks). Tablets are an exact dose and tend to be stronger than tea (but tea is hard to have an exact strength), which is why it says drinking just one cup sooner is okay. If you’re confused, speak to a naturopath to give you an exact dosage/plan.

  9. I drank the tea in my last pregnancy and it really helped me with my labor experience, to be honest. It literally only took me 15-20 minutes to push my baby out- naturally. I was dilated at 4 cm when I got to the hospital, and in minutes, I was already at 9 cm and ready to push. No time for epidural. I’m going to drink it again starting tomorrow because I’ll be at 32 weeks with my new baby.

    1. How many cups did you drink? Also how many scoops did you put in your cup or is it like little bags? I’m not quiet sure how the tea is used this is my second child, but I’m very interested in drinking this tea. I’m 33 weeks and I’d love to know how to go about all of this. Thank you!

      1. you can drink 3 cups a day starting in your third trimester. The kind I bought is actual tea bags that you just brew in your cup for 4-6 mins then sweeten to your liking and drink.

  10. I used red raspberry leaf tea for my first pregnancy (last 6 weeks ) and I had Braxton Hicks contractions regularly during that period. I delivered one week early arriving at the hospital 4 hours after my water Broke and I was already 5 cm dialated.
    For my second pregnancy, I started taking it earlier in my pregnancy. I didn’t know you were supposed to used it only in last trimester. I had significant Braxton Hicks contractions and delivered 2 weeks early. I was dialated for 2 weeks before that but my membrane didn’t rupture . For weeks after the birth, my daughter would have period body contractions. (Imagine gritting your teeth and tightening all your muscles at once like straining to pass stool). I saw a naturopath soon after the birth and she told me the babies contractions were likely from the tea and that I shouldn’t have used it for such a long period. I would suggest only using the tea in the last two months of pregnancy to be safe.

  11. I used it in my first pregnancy-2-3 cups a day near end of pregnancy and my Labour was 8 hours. Had a natural birth no issues but I was 10 days late from the due date. I’m using it again in my second pregnancy now and just started at 36 weeks with 1 or 2 cups a day. Mostly 1. I think listening to your body is important. If you feel too sick after drinking it don’t drink too much.

    1. I believe you are right Chante. I started drinking it recently (38 weeks) and have felt constantly hot, clammy and I’ll. Won’t be taking it anymore and just let nature take its course at this point!

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