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    Default Raspberry leaf tea and precipitous labour

    I'm searching for a bit of advice on raspberry leaf tea. I drank it from 36 weeks with my first pregnancy. My labour was 3.5 hours from first twinge to baby being born. Who knows if it was the RLT, but I'm after some opinions.

    Should I drink it again? I obviously don't want my labour to be too short, but I want my contractions to be as efficient as last time.

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    I didnt drink it with my 1st 2, labours (1st contraction to birth) were 7 hours and 2 hours (active labour was 5 hours 1st and 45 mins 2nd).

    Drank it with dd3 and entire labour (1st contraction to birth) was 30 mins.

    Didnt drink it with dd4 and entire labour was 23 mins!!

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    i didnt drink it with any of mine& my labours were -
    #1 - 4hrs
    #2 - 1hr 15 mins
    #3 - 30 mins

    These were all from 1st contraction to bub in my arms. I personally wouldnt drink RL tea, I would try to encourage a slower labour in my experience!

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    RLT 1st pregnancy from 36wks - 20hrs with 6hrs induced labour with syntocin.

    RLT 2nd pregnancy from 32wks - 3.5hrs SVD. Lots of pre labour/BH tho ~ 30hrs

    RLT 3rd pregnancy from 30 wks ???

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    Drank 7 cups a day religiously from 36weeks and had a 36hour labour resulting in syntocin and 2hrs of pushing. Even if it does work (which I'm very sceptical about), you probably don't need it for bub #2 and could end up with a very short labour.

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    Good question!!

    I had the tea and capsules for #1 and her in 7 hours. That was from waters breaking, first contraction til she was born.

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    I am (irrationally) worried that I'll end up with a 12+ hour labour if I don't drink the tea. I know that's not a long labour, but it'd be hard on me mentally, I think, as I've prepared myself for a short labour.

    Your replies have gotten me thinking though, and I think I'll skip it. If it really does work, then I don't want my labour to be any quicker than it already could be.

    So much of labour is unknown anyway, and other factors could slow down the labour. I think I need to get my preconceptions out of my head, or I may end up disappointed!

    For those of you that had really short labours, did you make it to the hospital or call 000?

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    I drank it and had a 12hr labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quietlyhopeful View Post

    For those of you that had really short labours, did you make it to the hospital or call 000?
    Dd2 i walked i walked to hospital (other side of town), was told i wasnt in labour and sent away for an hour. I only went across the road, and was back within 45 mins needing to push, she was born 15 mins later.

    Dd3 we only just made it to the hospital. It was faster to go ourselves than wait for an ambo. Having said that we only lived a few blocks away from the hospital. Had enough time to get on the bed, 1 contraction and out she came.

    Dd4 we lived over half an hour from hospital and it was a huge concern of mine. My midwife was wonderful and told me due to my fast labours previously, the second I think I am in labour, go straight in (Birth Centre). So we did even though nothing was really happening yet but i just felt different. Got to Birth Centre and everything stopped completely, waters hadnt broken or anything but midwife wanted us to stay instead of risking going home and not making it back in time. So glad we did because from my 1st real noticeable contraction to birth was 23 minutes and 4 contractions.

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    My last 2 were induced due to other medical factors,so I was in hospital already. If I were to have another, I would probably call 000 at the first contraction, or if DH was home, rush in to hospital asap! Its a 10-15 min drive away. My 30min labour was 6 contractions - 4 VERY STRONG &then another one I felt the head descend all the way down from my uterus to crowning, & one more she was out. My labours were much more difficult thr shorter they got, so I would be hoping for a bit longer labour!

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