Take Advantage of the Red Raspberry Leaf During Pregnancy

Edited by Deepthi Gottumukkala, Eng, Anonymous, Lynn

Red raspberry leaf, an herb extracted from the leaves of the red raspberry plant, has been used for its medical benefits since centuries, dating back to ancient Romans and Greeks. Well known for its power to cure heart, gum, and respiratory diseases, it also provides numerous benefits for pregnant women.

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Benefits of red raspberry leaf for pregnant women:

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    Highly concentrated with vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
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    Treats flu, diarrhea, stomach problems and acne.
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    Increases fertility.
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    Improves mother's immune system.
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    Eases morning sickness.
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    Promotes better blood circulation.
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    Reduces incidence of birth interventions.
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    Mother is less likely to experience an artificial rupture of membranes.
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    Tones the uterus and, thereby, creates a relaxed uterus, which prevents miscarriages and postpartum hemorrhage.
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    Improves chances of natural delivery rather than a caesarean section.
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    Helps uterus to function without tension and more effectively during labor, thus, leading to an easy delivery.
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    Reduces pain during labor and after birth.
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    Helps in production of breast milk.
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Usage of red raspberry leaf for pregnant women:

Most pregnant women like to take in red raspberry leaf as herbal tea. This tea can be purchased in the loose-leaf form or else, tea bags are also readily available.

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If you do not like the taste of tea, you could also use red raspberry leaf tablets which are available in the market.

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Preparation of red raspberry herbal tea:

Ingredients:

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    1 cup of water
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    1-2 tbsp.
    of tea leaves or 1 tea bag
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    Honey or sugar for taste
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Preparation:

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    Add a cup of water into a container and bring it to boil.
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    Pour the water into a cup.
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    Place tea leaves into the tea infuser or tea bag into the hot water.
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    Let it steep for 10 minutes.
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    Remove tea infuser with tea leaves or tea bag.
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    Add honey or sugar according to your taste.
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    Enjoy your delicious and healthy tea.
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Possible side-effects:

In general, red raspberry leaf does not have many side-effects. Used from centuries, it has proven to be one of the best herbs for pregnant women. But, as there are always exceptions, and in some cases it may show some side-effects. These possible side-effects can be:

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    Nausea
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    Loosening of stools
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    Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions
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Avoid red raspberry leaf if you:

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    Once had a short labor of three hours or less.
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    Previously had a caesarean section or are planning to have one.
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    Had a premature labor before.
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    Have had vaginal bleeding since week 20.
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    Have high blood pressure.
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    Have suffered from breast or ovarian cancer, fibroids or endometriosis or have a family history of the same.
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    Are expecting twins.
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    Have had any kind complications in your pregnancy.
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If you are planning to take red raspberry leaf during your pregnancy, it is always best to inform your doctor or health care provider.

Tips and Warnings:

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    It is recommended not to begin the intake of red raspberry leaf until you are at least 32 weeks pregnant.
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    You can then continue to take it until the end of the pregnancy and also continue it after birth if desired.
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    Start by drinking your tea, one cup a day, and slowly increase this up to three cups.
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    If you want to take capsules, follow the recommended dosage instructions provided on the label or consult your health provider.
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