Wendyl originally mentioned this in her book Mother’s Little Helper.
Here’s some updated information … The reason for its popularity among mums-to-be is that it’s thought drinking raspberry leaf tea can help to strengthen the uterus wall, with the potential benefit of speeding up labour.
Raspberry leaf tea is a type of herbal tea that has a number of benefits due to its high content of vitamins, minerals and tannins. Although it may not be safe for everyone.
Take extra precaution if you are overdue, have previously had a cesarean or are scheduled to have one. Have had a premature labour before, a previous labour that lasted three hours or less or had bleeding or spotting in the second half of your pregnancy.
If that’s not you, raspberry leaf tea is thought to potentially help your milk come in, reduce post-delivery bleeding and be effective at helping your uterus shrink back to its pre-baby size. Read more about this here.
Have a chat to your midwife about the benefits of drinking raspberry tea and once you have the all clear Wendyl recommends drinking two to three cups a day from 32 weeks – if you don’t like the taste add a teaspoon of Manuka honey.
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