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Raspberry Leaf Tea Pregnancy: Facts and Fictions?

Raspberry Leaf Tea Pregnancy: Facts and Fictions?

Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful yet testing periods of your life. For some, it’s a breeze but for others it comes with great difficulties. There is no easy solution, no magic pill or secret potion to make the next nine months of your life more comfortable and less strenuous. But scientific studies have shown it could be made a little easier with Raspberry Leaf Tea during your pregnancy.

It’s no secret that, for many centuries, this magnificent beverage has been closely associated with the improvement and relief of a multitude of pregnancy related issues. From reducing morning sickness to toning your uterine wall; easing contractions to balancing postpartum hormones. Raspberry Leaf Tea his allegedly wonder brew and has long been treasured by pregnant women. But is there any truth to it? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

And we’re not just referring to the word of herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners. Raspberry Leaf Tea has been recommended by midwives and medical professionals around the world, here are the facts.

There are many conflicting studies circulating the internet, many of which peddle lies in an attempt to sell their Raspberry Leaf products to mothers suffering from the side effects of pregnancy. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company are a family business with family values. We deal only with the truth. It’s important to know what’s fact and what’s fiction, so be sure to read on and find out how this Herbal Tea can benefit you when you’re pregnant and even when you’re not!

Raspberry Leaf Tea PregnancyFrequently Asked Questions

Why should I drink this tea if I’m pregnant?

Because it’s brilliant in more than one way. Aside from tasting great, Raspberry Leaf Tea has a great amount of supporting evidence to suggest it can benefit pregnancy. In fact, according to one US-based poll, 52% of American women use herbal remedies, 63% of whom have tried Raspberry Leaf Tea.

Like many other teas and herbal tisanes, Raspberry Leaf Tea contains a wealth of antioxidants including ellagic acid, flavonoids, and tannins. It also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, diuretic, and relaxant qualities suited perfectly to pregnant women.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, Raspberry Leaf Tea in Pregnancy is already recognised as a “pregnancy tea”. Endorsements from other, similarly reputable institutes are commonplace.

Sandra Greenbank, a nutritional therapist specialising in fertility, pregnancy, and women’s health, said:

“It is thought to help shorten labour, as it strengthens the uterine and pelvic muscles while also working as a relaxant at the same time, and therefore helps reduce the pain of contractions during labour”.

Is raspberry leaf tea safe to drink when pregnant?

Yes, this beverage is safe to consume while pregnant. However, it should be recognised that many medical professionals believe you should wait until 32 weeks into your pregnancy before brewing up a cup. Some doctors, nurses, and midwives will even go as far as to suggest waiting 36 weeks. This is due to concerns that its consumption any earlier may have some impact on the pregnancy as this herbal tea is known to stimulate the uterus.

Sandra Greenbank, meanwhile, personally believes that a 32-week wait is sufficient enough as opposed to starting at 36 weeks. She said:

“Some medical herbalists caution that you should be careful taking it early in pregnancy, as it stimulates the uterus, although there are no studies on this”.

Specialists, including Greenbank, recommend starting your routine with just one cup a day, and over the course of a few weeks, building this up to two, even three cups daily. Evidence has suggested that, while maintaining this level of consumption during your second trimester, you will have a lower chance of running past 41 weeks of pregnancy.

According to midwife Rachel Fitz-Desorgher:

“you should be careful if you are taking other medicines before taking Raspberry Leaf Tea as, like all herbal remedies, it can interfere with some other medicines such as those for diabetes and antidepressants”.

The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have and will always recommend a medical consultation with your doctor or health professional before drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea.

Should VBAC mums drink Raspberry Leaf Tea?

Absolutely! VBAC stands for “Vaginal Birth after C-Section” and is a choice made by many mums the second or third time around of having a baby in the UK or is necessary or planned.

Like first-time mums, Raspberry Leaf Tea can potentially reduce symptoms of morning sickness, tone the uterine wall, and even ease contractions. The differences for VBAC mums are minimal.

Does it strength the amniotic sac?

Some evidence supports this claim; however, more research is needed. It’s suggested that Raspberry Leaf Tea can strengthen the walls of the amniotic sac, which is vital for the safety of the baby.

The amniotic fluid is inhaled by the baby as it contains nutrients required for his or her growth. Raspberry Leaf Tea can also, very potentially, improve the nutrient quality of the amniotic sac, too.

There is no evidence that suggests this herbal leaf tea can have any negative affect on the amniotic sac.

Can Raspberry Leaf Tea help speed up my labour?

Raspberry Leaf Tea is rich in nutrients including an alkaloid called fragrine, which is said to strengthen the uterine muscles. This, in turn, could help make your contractions more productive, although more research is needed to clarify these findings.

Unfortunately, until more is known, we do not endorse the consumption of Raspberry Leaf Tea to speed up labour. We do, however, suggest it for many other pregnancy related health benefits, including for pain relief when in labour. Raspberry Leaf Tea tones and regulates the muscles of your pelvis, thus easing contractions and making them ever-so-slightly less painful.

Can it reduce interventions during childbirth?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, the answer is yes. In fact, one such study of 108 pregnant women suggested that those who consumed Raspberry Leaf Tea while pregnant were less likely to require artificial membrane rupture, caesarean (“C”) sections, and vacuum, or forceps deliveries.

Should I drink raspberry leaf tea after pregnancy?

There are many health benefits to be had from consuming Raspberry Leaf Tea after giving birth. According to the Royal College Of Midwives, this beverage is rich in a variety of nutrients including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Raspberry Leaf Tea is also an excellent source of B vitamins such as thiamin and niacin, as well as vitamins E and C.

Combined, these constituents can not only increase breastmilk supply but also improve its nutritional qualities!

Furthermore, studies have also suggested correlations between Raspberry Leaf Tea consumption and relief from Postpartum Depression (PPD), sometimes called Postnatal Depression. Yet research is inconclusive and has very little support in the medical world.

Meanwhile, an indirect study has only very recently established another health benefit to Raspberry Leaf Tea following pregnancy: taste (and taste alone). Confused? Allow us to explain.

Following 9 months of pregnancy, it can often be hard to lose the “baby belly” or at least lose it quickly. But how can a cup of Raspberry Leaf Tea help you to lose weight?

First of all, Raspberry Leaf Tea has metabolism-boosting properties which help the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Then there is the fact that its great taste is a natural de-stressor. In other words, relaxing on the sofa with a nice, hot brew such as this herbal tea can reduce the compulsive need for comfort eating during times of stress.

According to new research, chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and, as already stated, comfort eating. Ironically, this then leads to further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars.

In time, this can lead not only to unhealthy levels of body fat, but also, very potentially, Type II Diabetes. Enter Raspberry Leaf Tea, a natural appetite suppressant with the ability to improve stress levels. Find your figure again with Raspberry Leaf Tea.

Does it work for everyone who is pregnant?

No. Depending on circumstances, this beverage will offer more of its benefits to some, and less to others. While this may be frustrating for many, unfortunately, Raspberry Leaf Tea has different effects on different people.

Are there any side-effects while pregnant?

We would always recommend you consult a medical professional before consuming Raspberry Leaf Tea if you are overdue, have or have had vaginal bleeding in the second half of your pregnancy, or if your baby is in a breech position.

If you are scheduled to have a caesarean, or have had a caesarean before, we would again advise a professional consultation.

Raspberry leaves and Raspberry Leaf Teas are naturally high in tannins. This can, in some cases, lead to constipation, a side effect that many pregnant women are already prone to. This is uncommon, however.

Many midwives have, themselves, used Raspberry Leaf Tea during their pregnancy, so if you have any other queries, please consider discussing details with them. Most will have similar advice, but will also be able to provide you with their own, personal experiences.

Can drink raspberry leaf tea if am not pregnant?

Of course, in fact, the consumption of Raspberry Leaf Tea in men has the ability to support prostate health, and will likewise supply the avid consumer with all the incredible vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in this brew.

If you are not pregnant but are trying for a baby, Raspberry Leaf Tea can help curb hormone imbalances in both genders. For example, if men are experiencing too many estrogenic compounds, their reproductive system will suffer. Brewing up a cup of Raspberry Leaf Tea will help maintain these levels.

Are there any other health benefits?

Plenty, this tea can help with numerous health-related issues. For example, the frequent consumption this tea has often been associated with the improvement of the immune system and cardiovascular systems, as well as the prevention of nausea and other gastrointestinal issues.

Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea can also help to soothe stomach aches and prevent constipation with its anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, this brew is widely known as a low-calorie tea, and when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, can help you to lose weight.

Raspberry Leaf Tea

What is Raspberry Leaf Tea

As the name will likely suggest, Raspberry Leaf Tea comes from the Raspberry plant. It belongs to the Rubus genus of the Rose family, the same family as the redcurrant and the woodland strawberry.

It is a perennial shrub that can reach approximately 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height. They have woody, rounded, erect, red stems fitted with overhanging slender branches provided with straight thorns. In terms of Raspberry Leaf Tea, the most important component of the plant is, of course, the leaves, which are pinnate and have 3 to 7 serrated leaflets.

The plant is arguably most famous for its scrumptious fruits but when it comes to Raspberry Leaf Tea, do not expect the same flavours (if this is your preference, then please consider either our Old Love Strawberry and Raspberry Tea or our Summer Raspberry Green Tea).

Best noted for its herbaceous flavours with floral undertones. Many consider it to be most reminiscent of a Black Tea rather than its namesake. This Herbal Tea also consists of earthy and grassy aromas with distinct notes of malt and mint. It is completely caffeine free owing to the fact it doesn’t contain any leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant (better known as the ‘tea plant’).

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History of this Magical Herbal Tea

A very long time. The Raspberry plant can be found in both the ‘Old World’ and the ‘New World’ and has been consumed in tea-form for hundreds of years. It was especially popular in the Americas before European Colonisation, where it was often consumed by numerous Native American tribes for its health benefits.

The Chippewa and Omaha tribes, in particular, used the roots of the Raspberry plant to treat bowel problems such as dysentery and diarrhoea. The Appalachia, meanwhile, also brewed the roots to relieve haemorrhaging and even haemophilia. When it came to the raspberry leaves, the Cree and Cherokee brewed them in tea for their toning effects on the uterus, just like today!

By the 17th Century, Raspberry Leaves had garnered the interest of the famous botanist, herbalist, and physician, Nicholas Culpeper, who wrote that the plant was:

“very binding and good for fevers, ulcers, putrid sores of the mouth and secret parts, for stones of the kidneys and too much flowing of the women’s courses’”.

Where to Buy Raspberry Leaf Tea

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to experience this marvellous tea for yourself! Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we use only the finest ingredients in all of our teas, tisanes, and coffees.

Our very own Raspberry Leaf Tea is no exception, and also tastes fantastic! We also offer a wide range of other Raspberry tea products for you to try at your leisure, but if you are looking for a truly special brew to help you through those last few weeks of pregnancy, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than a cup of Raspberry Leaf Tea.

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