Q: What are the benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea during my pregnancy and is it safe?
A: Red raspberry leaf is one of the best known and most widely used uterine tonics. The leaf contains an alkaloid called fragine, which tonifies and strengthens the uterus muscles and pelvic region.
This plant is also extremely nourishing, rich in vitamins and minerals such as ; vitamin C, E, calcium, iron and potassium.
By tonifying the uterine muscles it helps the contracting uterus to work more effectively, aiding in a quicker and more efficient labour.
It also can reduce the recovery time by helping the uterus to continue clamping down after delivery.
Lastly, due to its high mineral content, red raspberry leaf can assist in healthy breast milk production.
This herb has no contraindications, and is safe to use in pregnancy. Women usually start taking it near the end of the 2nd trimester and begin drinking 1 cup per day.
I recommend buying the organic loose leaf herbal tea form and placing 1 heaping tbsp in a mug of boiling hot water. Let it steep for 7-10 minutes and enjoy. By the beginning of the third trimester women increase to 2 cups daily, and as the due date approaches, 3 cups daily.
**please consult with your medical professional; MD, ND, OB or Midwife, before using any herbal product
Written by: Dr. Rachel Schwartzman ND, Doula