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    I first drank the tea two days ago and even one cup caused a huge increase in BH contractions - I think I had them pretty much throughout the day the next day. Do you reckon it's probably a sign that I should stop it?

    I've heard the effect vary with different women, and obviously it's best to talk to your midwife about it. My midwife said it was alright to try it out (since I have a fairly simple pregnancy) but only to start it after week 36. I might ask her again after this first lot...

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    It would be fine after a c-sec, it only tones the muscles of the uterus for more efficient contractions when you do go into labour.

    I used it twice, 3 and 4 hour spontaneous labours

    Oh and it never caused Braxton Hicks for me, I've NEVER had a BH!!

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    I took it in my third tri with ds2 (tablets) and I am 100% certain its what helped me have a really easy, fairly painless quick birth. I will definitely take it again with my third bub.

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    I took it religiously. My bub was 9days overdue. He was about 15hrs later than ds1 was (he was 9days overdue too).

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    It does not normally bring on labour, very occasionally people will get quite a big reaction to it, and will get BH straight away, and would stop taking it.

    I never had BH at all, for the 2 babies I took the RL, one bub was born at 39 + 2 and the other 41 + 6.

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    It is supposed to bring on early labour, though with my 1st I drank a whole box in a couple of days when I was overdue and it didn't help!

    Though I'd ask a gp or some other pro because I was under the impression that you weren't supposed to drink it before a certain point because it CAN bring on early labour?

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    It isn't meant to bring on early labour. I was still 2 weeks overdue with my 2nd after drinking it from 34 weeks. I was induced with gel but had a very quick 2 hr 45 min birth with no complications

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    I had Raspberry leaf for both my pregnancies from 33 weeks on. Using the Blackmores Raspberry tea tablets.

    I had a 6hr labor with DS1, a 5hr labor with Ds2, with 7mins of pushing.
    My Dh believed in it so much after the first pregnancy, the moment I hit 33 weeks he went bought me a huge jar the very next day.

    Here is a written up copy of the handout I got from the Midwives from the Angliss Hospital of Victoria, when I was pregnant with DS1.

    Information Provided by the Birth Centre at the Angliss Hospital in Victoria.


    The Use of Raspberry Tea in Midwifery

    Raspberry Leaf (Rubus Ideaus)

    Medicinal herb, native to much of Europe, used for centuries for the expectant mother and to assist labour and birth
    Anacdotal Evidence

    History

    Long history of the use of herbs by ancient midwives (wise woman of the village)

    Example: Ergot (derived from a fungus growing on wheat)

    Gradual persecution of ancient midwives and destruction of tradition healing knowledge by medical dominance, resulting in loss of use and trust of herbal remedies.

    Much was lost due to lack of written information and many midwives were killed for being regarded as witches

    Now however, there is a resurgence and rekindled belief in herbal medicine.

    Evidence Based on Practice/Research

    Specifics of Raspberry Leaf
    Action:

    Tonic specific for uterus
    Astringent properties
    Improves circulation
    Smooth muscle relaxant

    Constituents

    Contains a chemical called "Fragarine"
    Found to relax smooth muscle of the uterus
    Rich source of Iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamins B1, B6, and E

    Effects

    Relaxation of smooth muscle is thought to result in more efficient uterine contractions.

    Results

    Assists with expulsion of fetus and placenta
    Calms an irritable uterus
    Possibly reduces risk of miscarriage and premature labour
    Shortens second and third stage, helping to reduce the risk of PPH

    Other Effects

    Anti-emetic
    Anti-diarrhiarrhoeal
    Eases period pain
    Gargle for sore throats
    Mild diuretic
    Good for lactation

    Current Research

    No evidence to date supporting or refuting the use of raspberry leaf in labour.
    However, presently research is being undertaken at Westmead Hospital, Sydney into the effectiveness of Raspberry Leaf on improving outcomes of labour

    Dosage

    Recommended in Westmead study (tablet form)
    2x300 or 400mg three times a day (with meals) from 32 weeks.
    Blackmores

    1 tablet three times a day 32-36 weeks
    2 tablets three times a day 36weeks onwards
    400mg tablets with meals

    Tea 2 cups a day (dry herb)
    up to 6 cups a day (tea bag form)

    Important to drink freely in labour to improve second and third stage.

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    http://www.babycenter.com.au/a567272...labour-a-guide

    People have been using raspberry leaf in an attempt to bring on labour for decades.


 

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