October 5th, 2009
by Herb Lady · Filed Under: Birthing · Breastfeeding · Fertility · Herb Teas · Pregnancy
(Rubus striqosus or Rubus idaeus)
The former is found mostly in North America and has prickles, the latter is native to Europe and has few or no prickles. Both grow wild in the field and forests. Ah, but isn’t half the challenge avoiding the spiky bits as you gather the fruit and leaves?
Herbalists throughout the ages have given pregnant ladies a cup of Raspberry Leaf tea a day, for its many health giving benefits.
Its a good idea to start with this one three months before you try for a baby. It has an excellent reputation for aiding conception.
Raspberry Leaf is high in Iron, Copper, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, all needed by the growing baby. It is the highest food source of Folic Acid, a deficiency of which will cause spina bifida, so if you prefer your supplements natural (i.e. absorbable), take a cup of Raspberry Leaf tea a day in the first trimester.
In the second and third trimesters continue with a cup a day as it helps the placanta and also strengthens your uterine muscles so you get good strong contractions to more easily push out your baby during labour.
Keep it afterwards to get your uterus back in shape and to help milk production.