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Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea Recipe
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I have used red raspberry leaf for years. It is an amazing multi-purpose and highly-nutritious herb with a delicious taste similar to regular black tea (but without the caffeine).

When pregnant, I start using red raspberry leaf tea as part of my pregnancy blend in late second and third trimester. Though red raspberry leaf tea is often recommended and touted for its ability to increase uterine contractions and shorten labor, its primary benefit might be in its nutritional value.

Why Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy?

Red raspberry leaf tea is most often recommended during pregnancy, and statistically up to 63% of midwives recommend red raspberry leaf to their clients.

The research is somewhat divided about how much red raspberry leaf consumption during pregnancy can benefit a woman in labor, but recent clinical studies have concluded that:

The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. 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. (source)

While red raspberry was not found to shorten the first stage of labor, it did shorten the second stage of labor (pushing) by almost ten minutes and reduced the risk of forceps delivery with no adverse effects for mom or baby. (source)

Another study in rats showed that RRL could both strengthen or lessen contraction intensity, but that it did not affect the body’s ability to go into labor or duration. (source)

The important takeaways are that red raspberry leaf did not have any adverse affects for mom or baby in any of the published studies available and it showed a potential positive affect. Though many scientists would not consider a ten minute reduction in second stage labor statistically significant, I know most pregnant women would consider pushing for almost ten minutes less VERY significant (including myself).

Additionally, while it may not have a strong history of medical or clinical use, red raspberry leaf does have a long history of use by many midwives and pregnant women. Many claim that RRL helped improve their labors and recovery, compared to previous labors when they had not used it. This was my personal experience as well, and I always turn to RRL during pregnancy for this reason.

Skeptics might counter that this could be largely the placebo affect, but in the absence of any adverse effects and considering that placebo works a significant percentage of the time, I’d still consider it worth a try.

We will hopefully see continued research about the ways that RRL may or may not act on the uterus or affect the strength of contractions, but the available research indicates that it is at least safe to consume and doesn’t have any adverse effects.

In my opinion, the real benefit of red raspberry leaf is its nutrition content. Demand of nutrients important during pregnancy such as iron, B-vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium, are especially high in pregnant women in second and third trimesters. All of these nutrients are present in red raspberry leaf. It is also high in anti-inflammatory tannins and can have a soothing affect on the digestive system.

Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea Recipe

Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea Recipe

This delicious red raspberry leaf tea recipe gives a boost in vitamin C and magnesium. It is especially nourishing during pregnancy and is midwife approved!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Katie Wells

Servings

8 gallons

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
  • To brew a cup: Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the tea mixture and let steep for at least 5 minutes before drinking.
  • To brew a gallon: Add ¾ cup tea mixture to a pot with 1 gallon of boiling water. Stir and let steep as it cools. Strain out the herbs and store in a pitcher or glass jar in the refrigerator to consume cold as desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Once your herbs are all mixed together, you will have enough to make about 8 gallons of tea.

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Why Add Other Herbs?

Red Raspberry Leaf is very nutritious on its own and can absolutely be consumed alone, but I prefer to add the three additional herbs for their nutritional benefits:

Alfalfa:

Alfalfa is known as the “Father of all Foods” and is rich in many nutrients including magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, silicon, and trace elements, as well as vitamin E, vitamin C, and vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting. Read about the benefits of alfalfa here.

Nettle:

Said to be anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and good for digestion, nettle is another power-packed herb.

Dandelion Leaf:

Dandelion is also high in many vitamins and minerals and is also said to be good for the blood. It may have a normalizing effect on blood pressure and help with digestion and urinary heath (all beneficial during pregnancy).

Ever taken red raspberry leaf tea? How did you use it?

Sources
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

86 responses to “Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipe”

  1. Meagan Avatar

    I drank RRLT with my first baby in the last few weeks and had a quick and not too bad home birth (3 hours labour, 30 min pushing).
    I heard it can help with fertility and I love the taste, so I drank it daily while trying to conceive our second, and after 5 months trying and two months drinking the tea (and trying any other natural fertility boosters like EPO and gluten free diet), I got pregnant. 🙂 (currently 13 weeks). I love this tea!

  2. Michelle Davidson Avatar
    Michelle Davidson

    Can just Dandelion Tea be drank in the first trimester?
    I am really trying to not drink coffee at all but need something!

  3. Tamie Avatar

    I read an article from the College of Natural Healing that says red raspberry leaf tea helps with negative side effects during menstration too.

    1. austyn Avatar

      I’ve been drinking it for the past year to help with PMS and it has made a big difference in helping with cramps..

    2. Kelsey Avatar

      Yes! I used to drink everyday before getting pregnant and it helped so much with my emotional health. I feel it is very hormone balancing, and even more so now during pregnancy I do not have mood wings.

  4. Nicole Avatar

    How long do you steep the tea when making a large batch? You just said as it cools but I just can’t it it right so it’s either too strong or too weak.

  5. Amanda Avatar

    Is there a difference between Red Raspberry leaf tea and just plain old Raspberry leaf tea? From all I’ve read, it seems like the two names are used interchangeably, but when I ordered mine, I didn’t realize til I got it that it was just plain Raspberry leaf tea. Will I still get the same benefits as I would have from Red Raspberry leaf tea?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Yes, they are used interchangeably… just avoid the “raspberry tea” that comes as a fake powdered (and artificially sweetened) mix 🙂

  6. Mike Purnell Avatar
    Mike Purnell

    Your recipe calls for 4 cups of RRL. But it does not mention if it is fresh or dried, And if it is fresh are all the other herbs fresh also? Thanks!

  7. Lyudmila Avatar
    Lyudmila

    Hi. I also was drinking RRL tea with my last 3 pregnancies, but only the day I knew I will have a baby. Even few cups of this tea helped me alot during the labor. My 5th baby was born in 5 min. after my water broke. Also before delivery I always ate about 5-7 oz. of the darkest chocolate bar. It gave me strenght and made the uterus open faster. I think its worth to try.

  8. Anna Humberstone Avatar
    Anna Humberstone

    Drinking as berry leaf tea to help with fertility. Would you recommend stopping it when I find out I’m pregnant til the late 2nd trimester? Thanks

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      The sources are really divided on this. The consensus seems to be that if you’ve been drinking it before conceiving, there is not supposed to be a risk of miscarriage because your body is already somewhat used to it and won’t have contractions just from starting. I’ve had a midwife tell me it is fine, but just to err on the side of caution, I’ve always stopped until second trimester just to be safe…

  9. Laurie Avatar

    I drank a similar concoction for my two youngest of 4. That was 22 and 25 yrs ago. These two went on to have beautiful white teeth. My older 2 whom I did not drink this for had extremely stained teeth as they grew.

    I had much better and faster labors and delivery with the two whom I drank this for.

    1. Laurie Avatar

      And by the way I drank a quart of it straight thru my pregnancy from as soon as I knew I was pregnant. Thanks Wellness Mama for sharing the benefits of these awesome herbs.

  10. Katherine Avatar
    Katherine

    I’m not a mother or a pregnant lady, but I have two friends who swear by this stuff!

  11. Diana Avatar

    I have been drinking pregnancy tea (with RRL) since the beginning of my second trimester and I am now 30 weeks. While this is my first pregnancy, so I can’t report on my labor, I did just get my iron levels checked and my doctor said I have the highest level of any pregnant woman she’s ever seen. She asked me to share my diet, LOL. I do eat a whole-foods, paleo-esque diet, but I wonder if the tea helped to boost my levels.

    1. Cyndee Avatar

      I’m sure it did! I ALSO eat the same diet and my midwife said I had perfect labs which she has absolutely never seen before but my iron wasn’t significantly higher or anything…and I am not currently drinking any tea…but I will now! Making this mix up tonight.

  12. Heather Avatar

    Do you know of herbal teas/supplements I could try to help GET pregnant?

    1. Christina Avatar
      Christina

      Are you eating grains that contain gluten? There is a lot of research now that suggests gluten may prevent a woman from getting pregnant. It might be worth a try to cut it out for a month or two and see if that helps. I’ve read testimonies that said it took only a month, but no result is typical so it could take a bit longer.

      1. Ambyre Avatar
        Ambyre

        I took organic Maca pills daily for one month before getting pregnant. My partner did as well. There are ones made for female and male, not sure 100% what the differences are but it is known to boost fertility by balancing your hormones. It has many other great benefits. Check it out 🙂 hope you are able to conceive soon !!

  13. Mariana Avatar

    Whether it’s just placebo or a real thing, who cares! As long as is not harmful, it’s worth trying. I think every woman will agree that after a few (or a lot of) hours in labor, if you can shorten it by 10 seconds, it’s a win-win!
    Also, I think those are male scientists. Or maybe females, but not moms. No, definitely not moms!
    I would take it for sure, if I could find it here in Brazil. But I haven’t seen RRL here.

  14. Dave Avatar

    My wife drank red raspberry leaf at the end of her last pregnancy. Our little girl wasn’t growing so fast, so we waited on the tea. Baby needed to cook a bit longer. At 41 weeks, my wife decided it was time for the tea 🙂

  15. Cori Avatar

    I think the extra vitamins and just having a warm, caffeine free, risk free tea to drink while I’m pregnant is wonderful!! Plus it tastes great and every little bit helps when it comes to labor! I didn’t drink it with my first (31 hr labor 2.5hrs pushing) but did with my second (15 hr labor 16 minutes pushing). Although there were many other differences with the pregnancies and labors, I wouldn’t doubt it if RRLtea made a difference 🙂

  16. kristen Avatar

    Great piece! Curious about whether those with autoimmune disorders should include alfalfa, I believe it can sometimes aggravate those that suffer from them? Also, congratulations on your pregnancy 🙂

  17. Gabriela L Avatar
    Gabriela L

    Is there a reason you weren’t taking this in your first trimester?

    Also how many servings of this do you drink a day/is safe to consume?

    Thanks!

      1. Savannah Avatar

        With my last and current pregnancies I have used it in the first trimester with no problems.

        1. Alanna Avatar

          I did 1 cup per day in the first trimester, 2 cups per day in the second and 3 cups per day in the third trimester of this tea blend with the blessing of my midwife for both my pregnancies. With my first baby it was 1 hour 33 min t go from 4 centimeters to birth, with virtually no pushing, baby just popped out. And with my second baby it was 33 min from 4 centimeters to birth, again with virtually no pushing. In fact in the case of my second pregnancy, I went from 7 centimeters to birth in 3 min. Again baby just popped out. I will definitely use this tea if I have any more babies.

          1. Alanna Avatar

            Total labor for both pregnancies was under 6 hours each.

          2. Kimberley coetzee Avatar
            Kimberley coetzee

            WOW!!! amazing please tell me what else you did throughout your pregnancy… I am trying for VBAC.

  18. Virginia Miner Avatar
    Virginia Miner

    I bought mountain rose herbs’ “fecundi-tea” which has raspberry leaf in it. I love it, and my husband loves saying the name in front of guests. Ha.

  19. Wendi Avatar

    Would really like to find the nutritional information on this tea. Do you have a factual site for reference?

      1. Wendi Avatar

        Well Carol I have and can find no and I mean no nutritional information on this tea. Since this site recommends it I thought maybe they could provide some sort of reference.

  20. Mela Avatar

    I used red raspberry tea during my second pregnancy, just drinking it twice a day starting around 33 weeks of pregnancy. I also drank stinging nettle but separately from the red raspberry tea and I started it earlier on than the red raspberry.
    I was able to have a natural pregnancy this time around versus my first time where I took the epidural. I do believe the tea helped me, plus my consumption of dates starting around 35 weeks. Also, as I am currently breastfeeding, I still drink the red raspberry tea because I heard it helps with your supply (breastfeeding for 3 months now, no supply issues), plus I like the taste.

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