Your home-made herbal tea to induce labour

Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine to treat cold sores, gingivitis, anaemia, leg cramps, diarrhoea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Women are frequently told that recent scientific research found no benefit in raspberry tea for expectant mothers, but did you know that it is not 100% correct.

A study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labour, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps: “The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.” In other words, this study show that drinking raspberry tea actually can be quite beneficial for some women during pregnancy.” See reference of this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10754818

To improve the effect of the Raspberry leaf tea,  I would suggest to add some Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris leaf. This plant is also renowned as a treatment for women problems. Starting with regulating menstrual cycle and continuing with fertility problems treatment, it is a help for expectant mothers and for new mothers as well.

How to prepare it? Infusions from leaves  can be made into tea using boiling water ( a small handful of each type of leaves should be enough). Infuse for approx.10 minutes, cover during infusion to keep the aroma inside, then strained. Always sip infusions slowly. I would suggest to start drinking this tea from 32 weeks on a daily basis and increase the intake up to 3 cups a day.

Please note that this tea is not right for every one, do not take it if:

– your previous labour lasted 3 hours or less.

– you are planning to have a planned c-birth.

– you have had a c-birth before.

– you gave birth prematurely.

– you suffered from vaginal bleeding in the second half of the pregnancy.

In case of doubt, please seek advice from your community midwife.

During the early phase of labour, while you are  still at home, you can carry on sipping this hot tea, or sucking ice cubes (made in advance) from the tea. You could also take a flask of the tea with you when you go to your local hospital. However, if your labour needs to be induced or accelerated, please stop taking this tea

And if you do not like the taste of this tea, you can always add up one spoon of honey.

Let me know if it works for you, I would love to hear some success stories !