The benefits of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy
Raspberry leaf tea has several health benefits, they include:
It increases fertility in both women and men, and good health in pregnancy. For years it's been used to strengthen the uterine wall during pregnancy. Raspberry tea also helps improve contractions during pregnancy however it's not used to trigger contractions but makes them more effective during pregnancy.
Used in boosting the immune system. Raspberry tea contains vitamin c that helps enhance the functioning of the immune system, by stimulating white blood cell production. Raspberry tea also contains high levels of vitamin E and various antioxidants that help soothe inflammation caused by, acne, psoriasis, and eczema, among others.
Protecting the heart by cutting on cardiovascular diseases, through improving blood circulation and hardening arterial walls.
On the other hand, its used to protect against cancer and age-related illnesses. According to the research that was carried out by a medical university in Carolinas, holding cancer center found that raspberry tea contains easy-to-absorb Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid kills certain types of cancer cells. Those readily affected were: lung, colon, liver, tongue, esophageal, skin, and breast cancer.
How should I Take Red Raspberry Leaf?
Raspberry tea can be taken at any time during the day. One can consume two to three caps a day, but it depends on what you want to treat. An example: experts recommend 2-3 caps a day in pregnant women in their third trimester. The active compounds in the tea are believed to help support the uterine wall when one goes into labor. When preparing raspberry tea its advised to pour the herbs into boiling water in some glass jar and leave it overnight before straining for a strong cup of tea.Potential side effects of red raspberry leaf tea
Raspberry leaf tea isn't a better choice for people who have experienced unusual pregnancies in the past. This tea might bring lots of complications to such patients.
- In cases of overdue birth, raspberry leaf tea could put lots of stress on the baby due to increased contractions during virginal birth.
- Women who have experienced bleeding or sporting in the second and third trimester are advised to shun from using raspberry leaf tea as it will act as a stimulant to the uterus.
- In cases of cesarean birth, one is not recommended to take the tea before undergoing the procedure. But it can be helpful in uterine healing after birth, it is recommended to seek medical advice before taking any step.
- To patients undertaking anti-anxiety or sleeping medications are advised to seek medical advice before adding raspberry leaf tea into their diet. It has been reported in the recent past that it contains laxative and diuretic effects.
Raspberry tea and vaginal birth after c-section
VBAC shouldn't be an option for all women, although it is recommended that after c-section one should opt for virginal delivery. It was discovered in the 1980s that many women though not all could go into labor and deliver virginally before their scheduled c-section, without any complications. As a result, women were encouraged to try VBAC.
Yet with such a discovery came new problems. For starters, some women’s incisions were opening up, leaving such women at risk for hysterectomy and hemorrhage. Some babies also suffered from oxygen deprivation and ended up with brain injuries.
When can I start taking the raspberry leaf?
It recommended to start taking raspberry tea in your third trimester, you can then continue taking it until the end of pregnancy. Raspberry takes lots of weeks to accumulate and take effect in the body.
One should start by drinking one cap a day then gradually increase to up to three cups per day. Raspberry capsules are also an option, but it’s advised to the recommended dose as indicated by your health provider.