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Old 09-12-2007, 01:02 PM   #21
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I've got a pot of water boiling now so I can have some decaf green tea... the nutritionist said it would do good things for my head cold.

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Old 09-12-2007, 04:39 PM   #22
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My OB when I was pregnant with my daughter told me that drinking raspberry leaf tea could help my body dilate because I was looking for safe alternatives to being induced.

"Which teas are not safe?
Many of the herbs used for teas, when taken in large or medicinal amounts, can potentially stimulate the uterus and induce miscarriage. These include anise, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, ephedra (called ma huang in traditional Chinese medicine), European mistletoe, hibiscus, horehound, Labrador, lemongrass, licorice root, mugwort, pennyroyal, raspberry leaf, rosemary, sage, sassafras, stinging nettle leaf, vetiver, and yarrow.

Although some midwives use raspberry leaf (also known as red raspberry leaf) to aid delivery, its effectiveness hasn't been proven. In any case, it should be used only near term and under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Avoid the rest of the herbs in this list during pregnancy and lactation. (BabyCenter, 'http://www.babycenter.com/0_herbal-teas-during-pregnancy_3537.bc?Ad=com.bc.common.AdInfo%401d4db8 e6'."

And here's one on green tea: "http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/1-24-2006-87222.asp"
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My OB when I was pregnant with my daughter told me that drinking raspberry leaf tea could help my body dilate because I was looking for safe alternatives to being induced.

"Which teas are not safe?
Many of the herbs used for teas, when taken in large or medicinal amounts, can potentially stimulate the uterus and induce miscarriage. These include anise, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, ephedra (called ma huang in traditional Chinese medicine), European mistletoe, hibiscus, horehound, Labrador, lemongrass, licorice root, mugwort, pennyroyal, raspberry leaf, rosemary, sage, sassafras, stinging nettle leaf, vetiver, and yarrow.

Although some midwives use raspberry leaf (also known as red raspberry leaf) to aid delivery, its effectiveness hasn't been proven. In any case, it should be used only near term and under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Avoid the rest of the herbs in this list during pregnancy and lactation. (BabyCenter, 'http://www.babycenter.com/0_herbal-teas-during-pregnancy_3537.bc?Ad=com.bc.common.AdInfo%401d4db8 e6'."

And here's one on green tea: "http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/1-24-2006-87222.asp"
That's the key right there. Having a cup of chamomile tea (or even two everyday!), is not an amount that would be considered 'large' or 'medicinal'. Aside from that, unless you are getting medicinal grade herbs, the herbs that are in store bought tea bags are processed enough that you really don't need to fret over them.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:10 PM   #24
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thanks for all your help, mamas!

so ... it seems like the consensus is that most teas are safe in moderation? since they aren't "medicinal" amounts of herbs it's not a huge problem and just watch the amount of caffeine you get? thanks, mamas! i didn't think tea could be all bad, but a lot of the info out there is so misleading!!
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I drank tea throughout my pregnancy. Mainly black tea - both bagged and loose leaf. I do drink some herbal teas. I read this book:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=chrisficti-20&creative=9325&path=http://www.amazon.com/Wise-Woman-Herbal-Childbearing-Year/dp/0961462000[/url]

I just got it out of our library. I was really informative.
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Do yourself a huge favor and get some red raspberry leaf tea. I have friends who drink it all throughout pg and they love it. I hate tea, so I tried the capsules instead. It really does make a difference in your delivery and recovery.
I dont know if it was really that or not..

but I had to be induced for my son .. I was in labor almost 4 hours and only had to push almost 2 times.. once for the head and a grunt for the body..lol..

I was up and walking around in no time.. It was rad!
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My chriopractor told me to drink raspberry leaf tea when I was pg to ease morning sickness.
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