Raspberry Leaf Tea to Induce Labor

by Carol Roberts, Childbirth Researcher on May 19, 2011

Is raspberry leaf tea the right way induce labor? The answer might shock you. Find out what can work better in our totally free guide about inducing labor.

If you want to find an all natural, healthy way to induce labor, you will see that among many popular solutions, raspberry leaf tea is highly recommended. Raspberry leaf tea is affordable and easy to obtain and has been in use for generations for its health benefits both for pregnant women and for women in general.

Raspberry leaf tea is made of red raspberry leaf, and contains many vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. It is important that you remember when shopping for the tea that you’re looking for raspberry leaf tea, not raspberry tea. The fruit tea won’t help you. The tea made of the leaf might.

Raspberry leaf tea is believed to offer many benefits to women. Women on their periods take raspberry leaf tea to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps and to lighten the other symptoms of that time of the month. If you’re pregnant though, you may be able to reduce the duration of the second stage of labor. It is not scientifically verified whether or not raspberry leaf tea can actually accelerate the onset of labor. Midwives have been using it in traditional medicine for centuries to do just that though. It is also believed that consuming the tea after the baby is born can enhance the nutritional value of mother’s milk. Among the many nutrients contained in raspberry leaf tea are vitamins A and C. Many pregnant women take raspberry leaf to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness.

Preparing raspberry tea to induce labor is easy; you can either use loose tea or you can purchase tea bags. Just a couple cups a day should be sufficient in the later stages of pregnancy. It is not recommended to consume too much raspberry tea early in pregnancy as it is possible that it could cause a miscarriage through creating too strong of contractions.

Red raspberry leaf tea to induce labor is a simple technique, and an inexpensive one. Since it isn’t scientifically verified though, you may want to accompany it with some other techniques such as exercise or other herbs like primrose oil or black cohosh or ginger root. You may also want to consider acupressure, which is an Eastern technique of inducing labor naturally. You can perform acupressure on yourself, enlist the aid of your partner, or see a professional. During acupressure, the acupressurist stimulates your energy flow through contact with pressure points throughout your body. By improving your energy flow, your body may have an easier time going into labor.

Raspberry leaf tea to induce labor is a popular method of inducing labor at home, but it is even better if you enhance its value with other techniques. Since it is believed raspberry leaf tea can shorten the second stage of labor but not necessarily actually induce labor on its own, you may want to use acupressure or another technique to induce labor, and the tea to shorten the second stage and make the labor process go more smoothly. Combined, these methods should give you the results you are seeking!

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Kelli April 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’m 36 weeks, dilated almost four centimeters, and 50% effaced. Started drinking the tea last night and I honestly think its stopped my contractions. For the past weeks or two I’ve been having 15 minute contractions, but now they are farther apart. I can actually sleep a few hours without waking up due to contractions. Guess that I should be happy that the tea is helping me sleep, but I’m so ready to have this baby!!

Julie June 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Here’s the info I have from a Natural Home Remedies book by Prevention Magazine….the tea recipe is 1 ounce of RED raspberry leaf tea (the berries do nothing for you) onto which you pour 1 pint of boiling water, cover and let steep 30 minutes…drink the tea as hot as possibly can stand. It is recommended not to drink the tea while at home as you may not make to the hospital. The women in the book drank the tea while in the parking lot of the hospital..just in case so as not to deliver in the car. The testimonials in the book tell delivery was within an hour. Mild contractions, only a few hard contractions, very little to no afterbirth contractions. For difficult pregnancies, spotting, miscarriage prevention, the tea recipe is 1 teaspoon of dried RED raspberry leaves and 1 cup of boiling water, let steep 15 minutes.. drink one cup per day. A friend is due in 3 weeks and it going to try it and see if it works….my daughter is due mid-October and is going to try it too…..

Julie June 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Oh, one more note. Make sure it is the Red Raspberry LEAF tea and not just regular flavored raspberry tea.

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