Raspberry Leaf Tea Pregnancy: Facts and Fictions?
Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful, yet testing, periods of one’s 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 one’s life more comfortable and less strenuous. However, 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 used for 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. 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.
Yet, it’s important to note that 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. In this day and age, it’s essential to know what’s fact and what’s fiction, so be sure to read on and find out how Raspberry Leaf Tea benefits you when you’re pregnant and even when you’re not!
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. Regarding Raspberry Leaf Tea, in particular, the most critical 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, one shouldn’t 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, but likewise, know that one isn’t getting Raspberry Leaf Tea benefits from these other Teas.
The taste of Raspberry Leaf Tea is best described as herbaceous with floral undertones. Many consider it more reminiscent of a Black Tea over its namesake. This Herbal Tea also consists of earthy and grassy aromas with distinct notes of malt and mint. It is caffeine free owing to it not containing any leaves from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant.
Raspberry Leaf Tea History
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 drunk by numerous Native American tribes for its health benefits, including Raspberry Leaf Tea pregnancy.
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 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”.
Could this be the first western reference to Raspberry Leaf Tea benefits? Very possibly!
Raspberry Leaf Tea in Pregnancy FAQs
Why should I drink this tea if I’m pregnant?
Because it’s brilliant in more than one way. Aside from tasting great, it has a considerable amount of evidence to support its consumption for Raspberry Leaf Tea pregnancy benefits. 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 is already recognised as a “pregnancy Tea”. Endorsements from 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’s important to note 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 for 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. Read our Raspberry Leaf Tea side effects section below to find out more information.
Sandra Greenbank, on the other hand, 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 third 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. Sometimes it is planned; sometimes it is necessary.
Like first-time mums, Raspberry Leaf Tea can potentially reduce symptoms of morning sickness, tone the uterine wall, and even ease contractions. The differences between the Raspberry Leaf Tea pregnancy benefits for natural birth mums and VBAC mums are minimal.
Does it strength the amniotic sac?
Some evidence supports this claim; however, more research is needed. Nevertheless, some (not all) scientists suggest 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, very potentially, improve the nutrient quality of the amniotic sac, though this is disputed.
Meanwhile, no evidence suggests that this Herbal Leaf Tea has any adverse effect on the amniotic sac, at the very least. This means that even if Raspberry Leaf Tea pregnancy benefits don’t extend to the amniotic sac, it likewise doesn’t do it any harm.
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. Some even drink Raspberry Leaf Tea to induce labour, although more research is again needed to clarify these findings.
Until more is known, we do not endorse the consumption of Raspberry Leaf Tea to speed up labour, nor to induce 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.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to every pregnancy, so we likewise strongly recommend it as an accompaniment to other pain relief as opposed to being an alternative! Raspberry Leaf Tea labour benefits are good, but are not a guarantee of a pain-free experience!
Can it reduce interventions during childbirth?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the answer is yes. In fact, one 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 Raspberry Leaf Tea benefits 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. However, 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 nine months of pregnancy, it can often be hard to lose the “baby belly”, or at least lose it quickly. As it turns out, this Herbal Tea has weight loss capabilities!
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-2 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?
As stated previously, there are potential Raspberry Leaf Tea side effects. 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.
The most well-documented, yet equally uncommon side effect is this Tea causing a miscarriage. These extremely rare cases have almost always been when the Tea was consumed before the 32-week period; in other words, before the third trimester, most often during the first trimester. This is another reason why it’s important to know when to start drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea.
Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we strongly urge you to wait until at least the 32-week mark, and even then, we likewise recommend medical consultation prior to consumption, as stated previously.
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?
As you will likely know by now, there are many benefits of Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy. But what about outside of pregnancy, or even if you’re a man? In fact, the consumption of Raspberry Leaf Tea in men can support prostate health while providing them with the incredible vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants found in this brew.
Now, can Raspberry Leaf Tea help you get pregnant? This is another question we’re often asked, and the answer is that if you are not pregnant but are trying for a baby, then this 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. In reality, many men drink Raspberry Leaf Tea for male fertility.
Are there any other health benefits?
Plenty. This Tea can help with numerous health-related issues. For example, the frequent consumption of this Tea has often been associated with the improvement of the immune 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.
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, all of which are packed fresh to order.
Our very own Raspberry Leaf Tea is no exception, and also tastes fantastic! We likewise offer a wide range of other Raspberry Tea products for you to try at your leisure, but if you are looking for an exceptional 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.