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Red raspberry leaf tea has been touted for its benefits for both increasing fertility and inducing labor. Regardless of which reason you might be drinking it, there are some important factors to consider.
Raspberry leaf tea and fertility
«There is some information floating out there about raspberry leaf tea ‘priming’ the uterus, increasing blood supply to the uterus, etc., and this could make a more favorable uterus for achieving pregnancy,» said Crystal S. Berry-Roberts, MD, MBA, FACOG, Ob/Gyn at ARC South Ob/Gyn in this recent article in Romper.com. However, Dr. Berry-Roberts takes care to note that these claims are «not scientifically substantiated or proven to be true.»
Raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy
So, is it safe to drink red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy? Though Dr. Berry-Roberts notes that red raspberry leaf tea’s ability to kickstart labor is not yet definitively proven, she says that the tea «should be avoided in early pregnancy or while preterm (before 37 weeks) because of the potential effect of softening the cervix and inducing labor. «
«The safety of herbal supplements, in general, is not something regulated by the FDA, and therefore the ‘safety’ of raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy is unclear,» Dr. Berry-Roberts says. «We do not have substantiated, evidence-based data to answer this question definitively.»
Can raspberry leaf tea kickstart labor?
«It is possible that raspberry leaf tea can cause changes with the uterus that can positively impact labor, but again, this is uncertain,» Dr. Berry-Roberts explains. The choice of whether or not to drink red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy should be something you discuss with your doctor beforehand, as you would before taking any supplement while pregnant.
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Red raspberry leaf tea: Pregnancy, benefits and side effects
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Red raspberry leaf tea is a good food for pregnant women. There is a lot of scientific evidence that they are effective in shortening the duration of labor and obstetric complications. In addition, red raspberry leaf tea is also a food rich in vitamins and minerals.
1. Red Raspberry Leaves — A Source of Nutrients and Antioxidants
Red raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of vitamin B , vitamin C and several minerals such as potassium , magnesium , zinc , phosphorus and iron . Most notable, however, is its antioxidant properties.
Red raspberry leaves contain polyphenols such as tannins and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants, helping to limit the risk of damage to healthy cells in the body. In addition, red raspberry leaves contain small amounts of ellagic acid, which has been shown to neutralize carcinogens and even contribute to the self-destruction of cancer cells. Evidence for the anti-cancer potential of red raspberry leaves still needs to be studied further but the current results are encouraging. Red raspberry leaf tea has healthy ingredients.
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Red raspberry tea is especially beneficial for women
Red raspberry leaf tea brings many health benefits to women in general, especially pregnant women. In fact, it is often said to be the herb that protects a woman’s health.
Some studies support the evidence that women tell each other that raspberry leaves help reduce premenstrual symptoms (PMS) such as cramps, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
Red raspberry leaves contain fragarine, a plant compound that helps tone the pelvic muscles, which can relieve menstrual cramps caused by spasms of these muscles. Furthermore, 28 grams of red raspberry leaf contains 3.3 mg of iron, which is 18% of the recommended daily intake of iron for women aged 19 — 50. Getting enough iron can help fight anemia Bleeding is common in women with long menstrual cycles.
3. Red raspberry leaf tea to use during pregnancy
Herbal tea has long been used by midwives to overcome some symptoms that adversely affect pregnancy and labor.
One study evaluated the use of herbal remedies in 600 pregnant women. The results showed that 52% of the women regularly used some type of herb and 63% of the women drank red raspberry leaf tea.
Although red raspberry leaf tea is generally recommended for the second and third trimesters, some women still use it as an herbal tea to help relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting for three months. early pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf tea is also used to strengthen the uterus, make labor safe, less painful, and prevent heavy postpartum bleeding.
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3.1. Shorten labor time
Red raspberry leaf tea helps to shorten labor time. Fragarine compounds present in red raspberry leaves work to tone the muscles in the pelvic area, including the wall of the uterus, making childbirth easier.
A study of 108 women found that those who drank red raspberry leaf tea had a shorter duration of labor in the early stages. The study, repeated a year later in 192 women, found that red raspberry leaf tea did not shorten the first stage of labor but shortened the second by an average of 9.59 minutes.
3.2. Reduce obstetric interventions and complications
Some evidence suggests that drinking red raspberry leaf tea helps limit complications during childbirth. One study found that women who drank red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy had a reduced use of obstetric forceps and other interventions, as well as a reduction in complications that occurred before and after delivery.
Similarly, another study found an 11% reduction in forceps use during childbirth for women who drank red raspberry leaf tea during the last 8 weeks of pregnancy.
The American Maternity Association also states that drinking tea can reduce the need for intervention during childbirth. The faster labor time also reduces postpartum bleeding.
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Side effects and intake of red raspberry leaf tea
Red raspberry leaf tea is almost safe for everyone. Some effects may occur but with mild nature, little impact on health. This herbal tea has laxative properties and may cause diarrhea in some people. It may also have a diuretic effect, increasing the frequency of urination. Therefore, you should consult your doctor before trying tea.
For pregnant women, the most suitable time to start drinking red raspberry leaf tea is at 32 weeks pregnant. The amount used is about 2.4mg/day, equivalent to 3 cups of tea/day. At the stage of pregnancy earlier than 32 weeks, you should limit tea drinking to 1 cup / day.
If you experience Braxton Hicks contractions or bleeding during the second or third trimester while drinking tea, you should discontinue use.
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Is it possible to drink tea during pregnancy. Black, green, herbal
Women during pregnancy begin to pay more attention to their diet and think about its effect on the fetus. There are many different opinions about both the benefits of tea during this period and its harmful effects.
Doctors recommend drinking no more than one cup a day of any soft drink. The answer to the question of whether pregnant women can have tea depends on its type and the general well-being of the woman.
Useful herbs during pregnancy
Certain herbal teas are not allowed during the first weeks of pregnancy. Among them, nettle, chamomile and raspberry leaves are considered the most dangerous, since they can cause bleeding. In addition, it is recommended to exclude diuretic and intestinal cleansing plants, because they cause dehydration.
For pregnant women it is best to make tea from the following plants:
- Ginger . With the help of this tea, it is possible to get rid of nausea in the morning and improve the digestion process. A drink with ginger helps to quickly cope with frequent constipation.
- Mint . The plant can be used to prepare an infusion both as an independent agent and in combination with other components. It has a calming effect on the body, relaxes muscles and helps to cope with insomnia.
- Hibiscus . Hibiscus tea contains a large amount of ascorbic acid, so it is recommended to use it for expectant mothers with a cold. This drink helps to normalize blood pressure.
- Dandelion . Dandelion tea is best drunk in the third trimester, thanks to it, excess fluid is removed from the body. The flowers have a bitter taste, so it is recommended to combine them with other components.
- Sea buckthorn . The plant contains folic acid, which helps protect the fetus from possible malformations. Vitamins A and C help to increase the body’s defenses and resist various infections. Vitamin E present in sea buckthorn drink reduces the risk of miscarriage.
- Ivan tea . The drink serves as a source of various vitamins, contains a lot of manganese and other useful elements. Allows you to relieve the tone of the uterus.
Women are allowed to drink infusions of wild rose, lemon balm, currant. They serve as a source of magnesium, carotene, folic acid, vitamins B and C. Red tea and a drink with bergamot strengthen the immune system, are effective for colds, and cheer up.
Help . Matcha tea contains a lot of ascorbic acid and improves brain activity, however, during pregnancy, it is allowed to drink a maximum of one cup of such a drink per day.
Features of drinking herbal tea
In general, herbal drinks have many useful properties:
- herbs serve as a natural source of vitamins, they do not contain chemical impurities;
- do not adversely affect blood pressure;
- have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the body, have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect.
Before taking any drink, even late in pregnancy, it is recommended that a pregnant woman check with her doctor whether she can drink this or that type of tea. It is important to remember that some plants have a powerful effect on the body. Sometimes their overdose and even taking in moderate amounts can provoke the development of unwanted reactions.
Women should be aware that herbs, like any medication, must be taken according to the dosage indicated in the instructions. The composition of tea contains substances such as caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, which have a stimulating effect, increase urine production and increase heart rate.
How to brew correctly
All the useful properties of the drink are preserved only if it is brewed with water, the temperature of which is not more than 70°C. Green and white tea are allowed to be brewed several times, unlike black.
It is recommended to introduce leaf teas into the diet, as they contain practically no caffeine. Especially useful is ordinary black tea with the addition of milk. The first thing to do is to make tea, and then add milk to it.
To prepare a decoction of wild rose, it is necessary to carefully chop the berries, 2 tbsp. spoons of this mass pour 400 ml of boiling water. You do not need to boil the berries, as they will lose their beneficial properties. To improve the taste, it is allowed to put a little honey in the infusion.
Green tea during pregnancy should be brewed almost colorless. It is believed that brewing such a drink for more than two minutes makes it poisonous.
Help . Mint leaves serve as a source of a large amount of essential oils that can adversely affect the intrauterine development of the child. To prepare one mug of a drink with mint, you need to brew 4-5 leaves with boiling water and insist a little.
Ginger tea can be prepared according to the following scheme: brew a drink and then put a little grated root or ½ teaspoon of powder into it. Currant and raspberry leaves are allowed to put in the amount of 2 tbsp. spoons per 1 liter of water.
The effect of the drink on the body during childbearing
It is important to know which tea to choose during pregnancy. It is better to prepare a weakly brewed drink and drink it in a moderate dosage. You can put a little lemon, ginger, honey or milk in it.
Rose hips contain a large amount of vitamin C, which helps to maintain the normal functioning of the body. In addition, it serves as a source of iron and vitamin B. For the treatment of colds, it is better to prepare infusions from currant leaves, fruits and twigs.
Girls often face such a problem as a violation of the stool. It is possible to restore normal digestion and improve the functioning of the intestines thanks to mint tea. Hibiscus tea helps rid the body of excess salts and accumulated harmful substances. It quickly eliminates headaches and bouts of nausea.
Linden tea has a powerful diuretic effect, so it is better not to drink it before bedtime. Such a drink helps to quickly cure colds and malaise.
Jasmine has an antioxidant effect, improves the functioning of the heart and increases the body’s defenses.
Herbal tea has a lot of healing properties, but during pregnancy it can harm a woman. It is for this reason that you should definitely consult a specialist before taking an herbal drink.
What kind of tea can you drink
Every day a woman should drink no more than 2 liters of liquid during pregnancy. During this period, it is allowed to use various varieties of tea, but not every one of them can benefit the female body and the child.
When asked if pregnant women can drink green tea, most experts answer in the affirmative. Such a drink helps to quickly cope with thirst, fills the cells with valuable elements and vitamins.
With its help, it is possible to improve the functioning of the nervous system, restore metabolism and cleanse the blood of accumulated toxins. However, such tea slows down the absorption of folic acid into the blood, so it is better not to combine the drink and the medication.
Drink green tea half an hour after meals and no more than two cups a day. To preserve the maximum amount of valuable substances, it is recommended to brew the leaves with hot water. Adding jasmine to the drink helps to cope with bouts of nausea during motion sickness in transport.
During pregnancy, black tea helps to remove toxins from the body and improve brain function. Such a drink is considered a good prevention of atherosclerosis and heart disease, increases the body’s defenses.
Black tea helps cure depression, and chewing dry tea leaves improves toxicosis. You can add milk, ginger, honey and lemon slices to it.
It contains many vitamins of various groups and microelements necessary for the normal functioning of the whole organism. This tea does not contain caffeine, it has a powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and sedative effect. With the help of the drink, it is possible to prevent the development of anemia and increase hemoglobin in the blood.
To prepare, pour 1-2 tablespoons of dry raw materials into a cup and pour 400 ml of hot water. The mixture should be slightly infused and filtered. Pregnant women can drink two cups of this drink a day for no more than a month, after which they must definitely take a break.
Mint tea helps relieve morning sickness. With its help, it is possible to normalize digestion and cope with edema. Peppermint drink is considered an effective remedy in the treatment of constipation and insomnia.
To prepare mint tea, 5-10 leaves of fresh mint should be brewed in 400 ml of hot water at a temperature not exceeding 80°C. After 5-10 minutes, you can put a little honey, sugar or a slice of lemon in the infusion and drink it. Women are allowed to drink no more than three cups of mint tea a day. If the dosage is exceeded, it is possible to increase the tone of the uterus and premature onset of labor.
Chamomile tea helps reduce toxicosis, relieve nervous tension and restore blood pressure. In addition, with its help it is possible to get rid of intestinal spasms, flatulence and constipation.
The drink has a bactericidal and analgesic effect, but it should be drunk with extreme caution during pregnancy. This is due to the fact that it can cause allergies, headaches and irritate the walls of the stomach. At the beginning of pregnancy, chamomile tea is able to increase the tone of the genital organ, which ends in a miscarriage.
To prepare a drink, pour 20 g of dry raw materials into a glass of boiling water and infuse the mixture for at least three hours. Slightly cooled tea should be filtered and drunk one cup a day.
Despite the fact that herbs contain many valuable substances, sometimes their use can adversely affect the functioning of the body. Experts do not recommend getting carried away with any one tea drink, as this can lead to addiction and the appearance of adverse reactions.
Women need to understand why certain herbal teas should not be drunk during early pregnancy or shortly before delivery.
Drinks from the following plants should be avoided:
- wormwood, celandine and honeysuckle contain substances that adversely affect the intrauterine development of the child;
- wild strawberries and tripartite string cause allergies in a child;
- sorrel, garden spinach and seaweed cause various malformations in the infant;
- from the very beginning of pregnancy, hormones are produced in the female body, and plants such as licorice, hop cones and St. John’s wort disrupt this function;
- calendula, parsley, sage and oregano increase blood flow in the uterus and increase its tone, which ends in termination of pregnancy;
- raspberry has a blood-thinning effect and may cause miscarriage;
- Sweet clover, arnica and burnet are plants that can interfere with blood clotting.
It is not allowed to drink tea with sage, thyme, hops and fennel during pregnancy. Before brewing herbal preparations, it is necessary to study which plants are included in their composition.
Often one of the ingredients is matryoshka herb, which is an analogue of oregano. It contains many valuable substances, but is contraindicated in women during pregnancy. Infusion from such a plant is forbidden to drink even in small doses , but it can be used externally. It accelerates wound healing, helps in the treatment of stomatitis and other pathologies of the oral cavity.
Most of the plants that make up various types of tea have a lot of useful properties and can positively affect the body of a future mother.