If you have you have read Leo’s crazy birth story, you know that I had a speedy labor. It is a wild, crazy, scary and exciting story. I would love for you to read it if you haven’t already! After hearing my birth story, people always want to know how I had such a short labor and delivery with my first baby. I always tell people that I think I had a ridiculously fast, natural labor and delivery because of this tea. The question that I get asked the most about my birthing experience is how to induce labor with Raspberry Leaf Tea?
Essentially, immediately after I drank the tea, using the method below, my water broke, and my son was in my arms in less than 2 hours. Even the doctors and nurses were unconvinced that I was having my first baby. I barely had time to make it to the hospital and was pretty close to giving birth on the highway! Fun times!
Leo’s birth was very fast and very scary. I honestly would not repeat this method again. However, my labor and delivery experience has taught me several lessons that I am happy to share with you.
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Who Should Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea?
You should drink this tea for inducing labor if you are:
- Desperate to get your baby out naturally
- Have clearance from your doctor to drink the tea and try and induce labor at home
If you can check off all of the requirements listed above, and you want to learn how to induce labor with Raspberry Leaf Tea, then keep reading! You can try and do what I did to have a super fast and relatively easy, natural birth. I’m not guaranteeing results, but this tea is worth a shot if you’re out of options and don’t want to go the induction route. From what my friends have told me, Pitocin is a bit of a nightmare, so this might be a better, more natural alternative to get things going. I drink the Traditional Medicinals brand of Raspberry Leaf Tea, which is very popular and quite tasty.
Please check with your doctor before you drink this tea because if you have a high-risk pregnancy like I did, you may not even be able to drink the tea at all during your entire pregnancy. That being said, there are several benefits of drinking this tea postpartum so don’t give up on it entirely!
Now, let’s get into the details.
First of all, what is Raspberry Leaf Tea?
This tea is old-school. Women have been using it for a long time to heal all the awesome stuff that mother nature thinks should only happen to us, even though we didn’t ask for it. YAY! This tea is made from (you guessed it!) the leaves from raspberry plants.
Before we move on, let me answer the most critical question of all; does this tea taste nasty like many other herbal teas?
Surprisingly, no! When sweetened with a bit of honey and a squeeze of lemon, this tea is pretty tasty. However, just because I think it tastes good, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Modify it to your tastes. It probably won’t make you want to gag, which is a great bonus!
What’s in this tea?
This tea is full of some seriously good stuff. Some of the essential vitamins are:
- Beta Carotene and Vitamin A which helps our immune systems.
- Vitamin C which helps fight off viruses and helps with the absorption of other vitamins.
- Potassium which helps keep our hearts healthy.
- Vitamin E which helps repair skin and reduces stress and anxiety.
- Calcium which helps our muscles relax.
- Vitamin B Complex which increases energy and contributes to weight loss.
- RLT also contains iron, niacin, magnesium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and astringent healing properties. Whoa!
But what can this tea do for me, you ask?
Excellent question. This tea has loads of good stuff, so anyone can drink it and feel good about it! I have endometriosis, so I swear by this tea and still drink it daily.
Raspberry Leaf Tea for Endometriosis:
If you have endometriosis, then you are no stranger to chronic, debilitating pain. RLT is known to tone and strengthen the uterus, which can help ease the pain that comes with endo flare-ups. The tannins in the tea contribute to its astringent properties which can help reduce inflammation. The calcium found in RLT can also help muscles relax.
Personally, I do think that this tea has helped me with my pain. I only drink one cup a day or one cup every other day, as the tea can act like estrogen and might even increase flare-ups. You have to figure out how much of this tea your system can tolerate. I still take my birth control pills and pain meds. However, I feel that adding this tea into my routine has allowed me to rely less on pain medicine.
Raspberry Leaf Tea for Fertility:
Does this tea help women that are trying to conceive boost their fertility? Yes, the properties in this tea can help women trying to conceive. Having a healthy and robust uterus is always a good start when trying to conceive. Since the tea helps to strengthen and tone the uterus, chances of fertilization may be improved. Raspberry Leaf Tea is a very nutrient-rich herb which can help your body fill in some nutritional gaps, thereby making your body the perfect little home to grow a baby. Overall, this tea might be a great way to prepare for pregnancy by getting your uterus in tip-top shape while also giving your body a little boost of nutrition.
Raspberry Leaf Tea to Prepare for Labour:
Raspberry Leaf Tea strengthens the uterine muscles, which can help speed up labor while also reducing labor pains. However, it can also bring on contractions, which is why most doctors will suggest drinking this tea only after reaching the 3rd trimester or after 32-34 weeks. Although this tea is completely natural, it is still a powerful herb. I would recommend drinking it once per day at 32 weeks (with clearance from your doctor) and increasing your intake to twice per day after 37 weeks. You can also drink it during labor to help speed things up. My labor was very easy and dare I say, not that bad. If this tea had any part in that, then I would highly recommend it to prepare for labor.
Raspberry Leaf Tea for Postpartum Healing:
You just gave birth, you magnificent, glorious, birth-giving, life-creating supermom! The last thing you want is a nasty cold or infection while trying to bond with your amazing new baby. RLT can boost your immune system and fight infections since it is packed with vitamin C and antibacterial properties. Raspberry Leaf Tea might also help your uterus shrink back into its pre-baby state. Hello, pre-baby jeans! This tea can also help reduce postpartum bleeding and inflammation.
Lastly, all the goodness in the tea can boost milk supply! Huge bonus for breastfeeding mamas! Every little bit helps, right? All great reasons to keep drinking this tea after your sweet baby arrives.
Raspberry Leaf Tea for Overall Health:
RLT is found on so many lists of healthy drinks and for good reason. It has many essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Due to the potassium in the tea, it can boost heart health and lower high blood pressure. This tea can also help keep your skin looking vibrant and be a good drink to sip on if trying to lose a bit of weight.
At the very least, it gives you an excuse to take a few minutes and have some “tea-time” all to yourself! *Snap Snap*.
Recap of all the reasons you should consider adding Raspberry Leaf Tea to your list of favorite beverages:
- Boosts immunity and nutrition levels
- Helps to prevent infections
- Boosts heart health
- Balances hormones
- Boosts Fertility
- Strengthens and tones uterus
- Makes labor more efficient and less painful
- Boosts breastmilk production
- Can help with painful periods
- Helps with postpartum healing
- Aids with digestion issues
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps repair skin
- Contributes to weight loss
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Induce Labor with Raspberry Leaf Tea
Now, how did I induce labor with Raspberry Leaf Tea? I will share the deets with you!
My suggestion is to NOT follow this method exactly unless you want a very fast labor. I ended up having Leo a little too fast. I am not saying that this was due to the tea. My pregnancy was high-risk, to begin with. Perhaps all of this would have happened without the tea, but I do think that this tea certainly helped move things along really quickly.
I made myself a nice, steaming cup of RLT and accidentally let it steep for over two hours. I then remembered to drink it just downed it in one go (in under ten seconds). Never did I think that a herbal tea could be so powerful but it was. Before I knew it, my baby was crowning in a hospital bathroom! Terrifying!
That is how my fascination with this tea started.
I believe that this tea helped to strengthen my uterus. Honestly, my natural birth was bearable. I didn’t cry, scream or even make a sound. My uterus felt strong. Like how my arms feel after doing several sets of bicep curls. I think the tea helped with that.
The recommended time on the box for steeping Raspberry Leaf Tea is 15 minutes. However, if you are desperate to get things moving, try the following steps:
- Make sure you are absolutely ready to have your baby and that you are near a hospital, doula, midwife or birthing professional.
- Make Raspberry Leaf Tea and sweeten according to your taste.
- Let the tea steep for a minimum of one hour. Two hours, if you dare (my tea was steeped for three hours).
- Drink the tea in one go. Just down it!
- Wait for 4-6 hours.
- Repeat steps 1 through 5 until your baby arrives.
Following these steps might help you have a faster and less painful birth, without all the trauma that I endured. Yay! Only do this once you are overdue and have clearance from your doctor to induce birth. I make no promises. Every pregnancy and body is different. However, if you are a desperate mama that is extremely uncomfortable in those last few agonizing days of pregnancy, and want nothing more than for your sweet baby to finally be in your arms, then this tea just might do the trick!
Do you have any tried and tested tricks to help induce labor naturally? If you do, I would love to hear about how you went into labor and your birth story. Share your tricks and stories in the comments below!