Ok, mammas this is one for the books. (That means you need to save this one!)
I mean you had me at soothing……and it can help during labor. Now I am sold!
During my first pregnancy, I kind of winged it. You know, I ate healthy here and there and made sure not to consume too much caffeine. I tried the best I could to remember those horse pills called prenatals and the rest; well I left that up to nature.
But you know what that got me……a 15hr labor that ended up with forceps, a thin un-nourished placenta and a hemorrhage. That was not fun. I was totally unprepared.
The second go-round was a totally different experience. I was determined. I was tackling this pregnancy head on. I researched, read, and then researched some more.
Wanna know one of the biggest tools?
Yep! Cute, tasty, dainty tea.
But boy, does it pack a punch on your health!
Red Raspberry Leaf –
A study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labor, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps.1
- It is packed full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and magnesium
- It also has fragrine – an alkaloid that tones and strengthens the uterus and makes contractions more effective
- Helps ease morning sickness and upset stomach
- Helps uterus return to normal quicker and easier postpartum
- Learn more about Red Raspberry Leaf
Nettle Leaf –
- Nettle has lots of Vitamin K, which is essential for blood coagulation and decreases likelihood of hemorrhage
- Can increase the richness and availability of breast milk
- Eases leg cramps and muscle spasms
- Learn more about Nettle Leaf
Peppermint Leaf –
- Aids in digestion
- Relaxes mild upset stomach
- Learn more about Peppermint Leaf
Soothing Pregnancy Tea
- 1 cup dried red raspberry leaves (organic & sustainably sourced raspberry leaves)
- 1/2 cup dried nettle leaves (organic & sustainably sourced nettles)
- 1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves (organic & sustainably sourced peppermint leaves)
- Put all ingredients in a quart mason jar or other glass jar (these are super cute jars for keeping your tea blends nice and fresh). Shake to mix well.
- Pour 1 cup hot water over 1 tbs of Pregnancy Tea mix. Let steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy. Pairs great with a little raw honey.
With the approval of my midwife I drank this tea at least 2-3x a week in the 1st and 2nd trimester and every single day in the 3rd.
And the success? I labored for 4 hours and pushed my healthy 9.5lb baby boy out on the third push. That was enough evidence for me. This will definitely be in my routine when baby No.3 comes around one day.
~Post written by Emilie of The Toups Address
NOTE: We have received a few reader comments regarding nettles and red raspberry leaf during pregnancy.
Of course, consult with your own naturopath, midwife, herbalist, MD, etc for any questions you have, as we are not in the business of providing medical advice.
According to Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women, “Four herbs are particularly recommended by experienced herbalists and have been used safely by pregnant women for centuries. Rich in vitamins and minerals, red raspberry leaf, nettles, alfalfa, and dandelion act as system supporting tonics for overall health of the expectant mother.”
Red raspberry leaf, taken as a tea or in capsule form, strengthens the uterus, alleviates morning sickness, eases labor and delivery as well as postpartum discomforts, and aids in milk productions. Women with a history of miscarriage, however, should not use this herb until the second trimester.
Nettles, a mineral, is high in calcium which nourishes both the mother and fetus and can ease painful leg cramps and the pain of childbirth. Nettle has been known to improve the elasticity of the veins and strengthen the kidneys. 1