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Old 02-13-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Red Raspberry Leaf tea opinions

I'm known for looooooong labors. I progress, but slowly.

1st baby: 69.5 hours
2nd baby: 8 hours
3rd baby: 24 hours, given Cytotec at the end
4th baby: 20 hours, given Pitocin at the end

Cytotec and Pitocin sucks! I've never been in so much pain in my life and really don't want to do that again. Once I reached 10cm, I waited for no one and I pushed those last 2 babies out in 15 seconds flat. I wanted those contractions to STOP!

After the 4th baby and that awful labor, I was thinking about that 2nd labor at only 8 hours - what did I do differently? That was the only pregnancy that I had regular chiropractor appointments and I drank red raspberry leaf tea every day since 7 weeks.

I've been drinking it every day since I found out I was pregnant this time around, but what I'm really obsessed about is will it work? Does it really help?

That 2nd baby just turned 12 years old, so I'm a lot older than I was when I had him. I can't do the chiropractor because our insurance changed and it would be too expensive. I want to move along quickly enough that no one mentions Pitocin to me! I can't do that again.

Does anyone think RRL tea helped them?

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Old 02-14-2014, 03:18 AM   #2
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Re: Red Raspberry Leaf tea opinions

I had almost the same experience. My labors are all on the long side but my third was absolutely ridiculously long. The major difference was that I didn't drink RRL. During my second I drank it but had tons of Braxton hicks, every little movement caused a contraction and also some early minor dilation. My MW told me not to drink RRL tea AT ALL during pregnancy think that a as what caused the BH's. My 3rd labor was on and off for a week. It kept starting and fizzling out. Even at fully dilated my contractions were irregular, non painful and were getting farther apart. Pushing took forever because my contractions were so weak. I hope it was the lack of RRL because I don't want to go through that again.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: Red Raspberry Leaf tea opinions

Until you said your insurance wouldn't cover chiropractic care I was going to say I thought that would have more effect than RRL. Many chiropractors have package deals for cash pay patients. You wouldn't have to start until 34 or 35 weeks even, so at $30 per time you'd still only be looking at $200 even if you went all the way to 42 weeks. Just a thought. I'm a huge believer in my prenatal chiropractor!

I am also drinking RRL tea and have heard wonderful things about it. I read about a theory of taking a mega infusion of RRL at the onset of labor to make it quicker. I will try and find it again and post the link.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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Here's the quote on RRL. There is a tribe on mothering just for those trying it out. Hope it helps!

For anyone who hasn't seen the original "Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Story" thread, here it is (taken from Rodale's Encyclopedia):

The Raspberry Leaf Tea Story

Tea made from raspberry leaves is the best-known herbal aid in pregnancy. Rather than go into all the traditional lore about this herb, we present the following lengthy account, because it is both contemporaneous and highly specific.

"My mother was born and raised in Scotland, coming to america at the age of 26. Whenever a member of her family became ill or had a health problem, her mother had consulted an herbalist or herb doctor. As a result of this, I was treated with herbs as a child.
"Mother had always told me that red raspberry leaf tea would prevent miscarriage and was excellent for pregnany and chilbirth. When I became pregnant, I immediately sent for some raspberry leaf tea and began taking one cup of it each day, made from one teaspoon of dried leaves added to one cup of boiling water and steeped for 15 minutes. I had a very normal pregnancy. Then I went into labor, I truly expected to have an easy labor and delivery because I had faithfully taken the tea. While it is true that I did not have a complicated or extremely difficult time, it was not by any means easy. The tea had not lived up to my expectations.
"It was not until sometimes after the birth of my daughter that I read a book my mother had brought with her from Scotland entitled Dragged to Light by W.H. Box of Plymouth, England. In it I found the secret of just how to take the tea so it would truly work wonders during labor and delivery. Box said, 'On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.'
"There were a number of testimonials in the book written by women who had used this herb. Several took the strong solution over a period of time before going into labor. They were instructed in that case to take a wineglassful three times a day. They had 'only two stiff pains and it was all over' or 'no after pains and very slight before.' They never made it out of the house. Box's instructions were, 'But those who take the tea considerably before the time should not leave the house when the time is approaching as many mothers are delivered almost suddenly when at their work, to the great veaxtion of doctors and nurses.'
"When I became pregnant again I was determined to try it that way. I still took a cup a day as I had before. but this time when I went into labor I made a strong solution of it as I had read in the book. I put it in a container and took it to the hospital with me. I wasn't sure how quickly it would work and I didn't want to have the baby in the car. I didn't think they'd allow me to drink it in the hospital so I drank half of it in the parking lot. I was afraid to drink all of it as it was so strong and I didn't personally know anyone who had taken it this strong before. I had been having strong contractions but by the time I registered and was taken up to the labor room the contractions were so mild I hardly felt them. Upon examination they said I was ready to deliver and would not even give me an enema. In the delivery room I was quite comfortable and hardly felt anything. One hour after entering the hospital my son was born.
"In the recovery room there were several other young women who had just given birth also. They were moaning abd groaning. I couldn't imagine what they were making a fuss about as I felt like I could have gotten up and gone home. I had always read and heard about women getting after-pains with a second child. I never had even one. This was also the testimony of a number of women who were treated with the tea by Box.
"Later I thought I would have had an easy time anyway since it was my second child. I was anxious for someon else to try it. A friend of mine was expection a baby in a few weeks and she had been taking a cup of the tea daily and was also goig to take the strong solution when she went into labor. She had had two previous pregnancies and both times nearly miscarried and had to take drugs and be in bed a good deal of the time. Both deliveries were extremely difficult. When she became pregnant this time she began spotting and it looked like she would have to go through the same kind of trouble she had before. Having used an herb I had given her for another problem, with success, she asked if there was an herb for this problem and I recommended raspberry leaf tea.
"She started taking it and the spotting stopped immediately and she had a normal pregnancy, much to the amazement of her family who remembered her difficulties in the past. When she went into labor she took the tea as I had and told me she had only 25 minutes of hard labor before her baby was born.
"I have told a number of women about this amazing herb through the years, but no one else seemed interested enough to try it. However, 1978 my daughter became pregnant and she was very much interested in having an easy delivery. She took the tea each day and had a normal pregnancy. She, too, took the strong solution of the tea with her to the hospital and also being a little wary drank only half of it. When the doctor examined her, it was late in the evening. He said the baby wouldn't be born until six o'clock in the the morning so he went hime. She was having hard contractions at this time and I was very disappointed and felt the tea hadn't worked. An hour and a half later we recieved a call from our son-in-law saying we had a little grandson. The tea started working and the doctor had no sooner reached his home when he had to turn around and come right back to the hospital. My daughter said the next time she is going to drink all of the tea." -- I.A., Utah
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:32 PM   #5
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Re: Red Raspberry Leaf tea opinions

Having only had 1baby, I can't compare against not using Rrl. Granted, I didn't drink it regularly because it would make me gag half the time when I was pregnant, but I think I had a pretty easy labor. It was long but definitely manageable, and the truly active labor was probably only about 9 hours (started labor the night before but was able to get several hours of sleep). I did drink the tea in between drinking water all throughout labor.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:07 PM   #6
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It's not that my insurance won't cover it, exactly.

We switched to a new kind of insurance through hubby's work. Basically our insurance is a giant flex account consisting of our insurance premiums and the company's (larger) contribution. The caveat is that we now pay full price for everything. We still get in-network benefits, but no copays, we pay the full visit fee.

We planned plenty of money for all our needs for the whole family. However, we can't spend the money until it's deposited and we're trying not to use it because I've got a birth and hospital stay coming up that's going to take up what's been deposited.

I can afford plenty of chiropractor visits after the baby is born!
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I did both chiro and rrlt with this past pregnancy and it definitely helped! My first labor was induced and was 40 hour. This past one I had a couple days of off and on early labor that slowly increased in intensity and regularity. That part was totally doable. Active labor only lasted for 2 1/2 hours. I pushed for 10 minutes. I started at 20 weeks and drank at least a quart every day and slowly increased the concentration. I also let it steep for several hours. I used loose leaf.
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