Fertility Herbal Tonic: Red Raspberry Leaf

Fertility Herbal Tonic: Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus, spp) is one of the most well known and most loved fruits in the world, but in the herbal and midwifery world it’s leaves are also a dearly treasured herbal remedy for women of childbearing age. Raspberry Leaf is most popular as a tonic for pregnancy and labor, but is it also excellent as a nutritive and tonic in preparation for pregnancy. It is also one of the main herbs that is considered safe in most cases to use during pregnancy in preparation for labor. But, why wait until you are pregnant to reap the benefits of this wonderful leaf?

Raspberry leaves are high in Carotenoids, citric acid, tannins,vitamin A, B complex, C, and E. They also have an easily assimilated form of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silica.

Raspberry leaf’s main medicinal actions include: astringent, tonic, parturient, refrigerant and anti-emitic. Below is a break-down to help you understand what these medicinal actions mean in relationship to this plant.

Astringent: Astringent herbs cause contraction and shrinkage of internal and external body tissues. They also help to prevent hemmorage or excessive bleeding. Red Raspberry leaves help prevent hemmorage after miscarriage or childbirth. The tannins contribute to healthy digestive function, this herb is wonderful for alleviating diarrhea.

Tonic: It’s constituent fragrine is an alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. This is a wonderful action for improving uterine health where there is uterine weakness present. This may help prevent miscarriage when used in preparation for pregnancy.

Parturient: Promotes labor. A recent study showed that 63% of midwives in the United States use this herb to stimulate labor. Although it is used quite commonly by midwives to stimulate labor it is used more often to prepare the woman’s uterus for the hard work of labor.

Refrigerant: Cools the body down, may slightly reduce fever. Note: this action only takes place if there is an actual fever present.

Anti-emitic: May reduce morning sickness by easing nausea, may prevent vomiting.

“Raspberry leaf works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension.”- Susun S. Weed, Author of Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year.

Red Raspberry for Fertility Issues

This herb may be helpful for the following conditions where there is menstrual bleeding issues or uterine weakness present. It would be best to use this plant to help heal and prepare for pregnancy, but should be avoided after ovulation if you are actively trying to conceive.

    Recurrent Miscarriage: If you have experienced miscarriage due to uterine weakness.

    Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: The astringent properties of this herb help to stop heavy bleeding. It is also high in iron which may help prevent anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

    Poor Egg Quality/Nutritional Deficiency:
    This herb is very nutritive and may help to boost overall nutrition.

    General Preparation for Pregnancy: If you are thinking of trying to get pregnant this herb may be a great ally for preparing your uterus and boosting overall nutritional intake. It is also safe for men to use as well as it does not contain any hormone like substances.

    Uterine Trauma: If you have had surgery to remove fibroids, endometrial tissues, cysts or have had uterine prolapse, previous uterine hemmorage or a Cesarean section this herb may help your recovery and healing of the uterus. The toning effect of Red Raspberry leaf helps the uterus to recover more quickly.

Traditional Usage of Red Raspberry Leaf

This herb is best taken as an infusion (herbal tea). Drink 1 cup, 1-3 times a day. Pour ¼ cup of dried red raspberry leaf into a quart mason jar, fill with freshly boiled water, cover and let steep for at least 15-30 minutes. For a stronger infusion, steep for 3-4 hours. You can purchase loose red raspberry leaf here…

Red Raspberry leaf is also sold as a tincture (liquid drops) and tablets, please follow manufacturer recommended dosage for the product purchased.

It has been shown extremely safe to consume everyday in preparation for pregnancy as well as throughout pregnancy to prepare for labor and birth.

Caution: If you have a history of recurrent miscarriage, red raspberry should only be used from after your period ends, up to ovulation and not after in case you are pregnant. The toning effect of this herb on the uterus is sometimes too much for a weak uterus and would be best used in preparation for pregnancy, in general 3-6 months prior to trying to conceive. In addition it would be best to avoid during the 1st trimester of pregnancy as well.

Simple At Home Infusion Preparations

Red Raspberry leaves have a mild flavor as opposed to other herbal teas and combine well with other herbs.

Nutritive Pregnancy Preparation Tonic
This tea is a wonderful mild uterine tonic, digestive tonic and gently supports liver health.

2 part Red Raspberry leaves
1 part Nettles
1 part Dandelion Leaf
½ part Oatstraw
½ part Peppermint

Super Yummy C
This infusion is high in Vit. C has a beautiful pink color and is delicious. Steep this tea for at least 30 minutes; rose hips take longer to steep.

1 part Red Raspberry leaves
1part dried Rose Hips
¼ part Hibiscus flower

Super Green
This is an easy way to get a daily dose of greens! Steep this tea for 3-4 hours before drinking.

2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
1 part Nettles
1 part Alfalfa leaf
½ part Parsley leaf
½ part Dandelion leaf
½ part Peppermint or Spearmint


References:
1. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery,Volume 44, Issue 3, 6 May 1999, Pages 205-216
2. susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htm
3. Aviva Romm, Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Churchill Livingstone, 2010
4. Susan S. Weed, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Ash Tree Publising, 1986
5. David Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal, Element Books Limited, 1990
6. Andrew Chevallier, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, DK Publising, 1996
7. John Lust, The Herb Book, Bantam Books, 1978
8. Richard Mabey, The New Age Herbalist, Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1988

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  1. its my first pregnancy and currently im on my 25th aog. me and my husband ttc for 3 years for this baby in my tummy. at my 15th week of gestation i was hospitalized because of subchorionic hemorrhage and preterm labor it was said to be a threatened abortion. i was so afraid that might loose this baby that moment but thank God my monthly ultrasound stated that my baby is normal but in my every prenatal checkup i always have infection in my urine analysis and my doctor said that i now begin to swell at my 5th month of pregnancy. my family also said im already edematous and when i checked my latest lab exam my wbc count in my blood is always above normal and there is presence of protein in my urine. i was thinking of drinking rrl tea but im afraid it might harm my baby if i soon drink it. will rrl tea reduce my infection if i drink it soon or should i wait for my 37th week before consuming it to be safe since i had preterm labor at my 1st trimester? thanks in advance for the opinions and support

    • Hi jm,

      I appreciate you contacting us, but to be honest, in your case, it would be best to work with a practitioner on this one. Your situation requires more care than most pregnancies do and working with a natural healthcare practitioner would be best. If you are interested in natural options, work to find a midwife that is highly trained in the use of herbs and supplements in pregnancy related health conditions. In the mean time, take it easy and be sure to eat a nutrient dense pregnancy diet. Nutrition is one of the best ways to prevent preeclampsia. Red Raspberry Leaf infusion, as long as approved by your healthcare practitioner, may be added to boost your nutrition levels and prepare your uterus for labor and postpartum recovery. I really hope you find someone good to work with (yes, you can work with your doctor and a natural healthcare practitioner/midwife at the same time). Praying for the health of you and your baby!

  2. I am 36 years old and I am on my second cycle of depo. I have been bleeding dince May 19th and I was told this tea would help me. I have been drinking this for 2 days at 3 cups a day. How long should I drink this before it stops my bleeding ?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Kalkita,

      Red Raspberry leaf has an affinity for the uterus and supports uterine tone. There is no way of me knowing how ling it will take before it stops your bleeding as each woman responds differently to herbs and it different amounts of time.
      Bleeding for this long is not healthy. Have you spoken with your healthcare provider about this? I would suggest doing so!

  3. Hi I’m 30 and I had a miscarriage in 2013 &2004 but I do have a 2yr old princess.I have always been curious if Women and fertility cleanses existed,I see they do thanx to your site.lol.I would like to cleanse my body of so many things such as poor diet,meds,birth control,weight,sugars,etc…I just don’t know where to start,should I get a general womens cleanse or only a specific one and which one and how long? We are also looking forward to trying again.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Cathy! We have only one method of cleansing and this is called the Fertility Cleanse. You may want to take some time to learn of its supportive benefits. It is often the place women start their natural fertility journey. Fertility Cleansing “cleans the slate” so to speak to help you body respond to herbs, supplements and natural therapies more efficiently. The Fertility Cleanse is intended to be done for one month or one menstrual cycle and only two times a year if you need.

  4. Is there a danger of taking too much red raspberry leaf when pregnant? I am taking an herbal tincture called Gentle Birth these last 5 weeks before my due date and it contains red raspberry leaf as one of its ingredients. Would it be a good idea for me to continue to drink some red raspberry leaf tea in addition to this, or should I avoid any extra in case it would be too much?

    • Hi Christina,

      I replied to this same question from you last week, but I don’t see it showing up, so I am not sure what is going on there. I have someone looking into it. I apologize for the inconvenience. Too much of any one thing is never a good thing, but drinking 2 cups of raspberry leaf tea is fine, along with RRL (Rubus idaeus) in a liquid herbal blend. It is a highly nutritive herb and shown to be extremely safe for use in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.

  5. I am taking an herbal tincture called Gentle Birth in my last few weeks of pregnancy which contains red raspberry leaf as one of the ingredients. Is it safe to continue to drink 1-2 cups per day of red raspberry leaf tea as well, or is there a danger of getting too much?

    • Hi Christina,

      Drinking the RRL as an infusion, 2 times a day in addition to an herbal blend that includes that herb should be fine. RRL is really a nutritive herb and when you are drinking it as an infusion, it also counts as eating a vegetable. I would urge you to continue drinking this infusion throughout breastfeeding, as well! It helps to ensure a nutrient rich, abundant milk supply. May you have a blessed and empowering birth!

  6. Hello,
    I am 23 and I have had two miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy. My first miscarriage wwas in ’06, and happened naturally. My second one was in ’09 and I had to have a D&C. Since then I have had precancerous cells on my cervix. In 2010 I had tohave a leap surgery. Last October I had a chemical pregnancy, and I was taking birth control at the time.
    We didn’t want a baby, but after we found out we decided to start trying. I have been off the pill since November. We haven’t been able to conceive, and are starting to get discouraged.
    I first heard about RRL tea from a blog I was reading about women who have miscarried and go pregnant. Because I believe my uterus is weak and has suffered trauma, I am wanting to give this tea a try. I plan to go back on the pill for 3mths and drink the tea during this time.
    I am trying to be optimistic and will give it the benefit out the doubt. I guess my biggest question is do you personally know someone who has endured something similar, drank the tea, and was able to get pregnant afterwards?
    -Heather

    • Hi Heather,

      RRL tea is certainly an option to prepare the uterus and boost nutritional levels prior to pregnancy and into pregnancy. It is fine to drink that herb while also taking birth control. I don’t quite understand why you would want to get back on birth control for three months to prepare for pregnancy. This makes no sense to me. Birth control contains synthetic hormones that “tell” your body what to do and when to do it, in an unnatural time frame (not how your body’s own natural hormones would be released and produced). Taking hormonal birth control for reasons other than to prevent pregnancy is not something I advise, as this is very confusing to the body. I urge you to learn more about how birth control impacts the health of the body and how you can get your body to recover and go on to prepare for a healthy, successful pregnancy. Here are some resources for you:

      How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control
      5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages

      I have know many women who have used raspberry leaf tea as part of a pregnancy preparation program, but not just alone. Please keep in mind that it can take a year or more for the body to be able to regulate the menstrual cycle after discontinuing birth control that contains hormones.

  7. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. I apologize for not being able to reply to all past comments. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  8. I’m trying to get pregnant but its hard ’cause I’m a type 1 diebtic and I was just wondering can I use it too

  9. Is Red Raspberry tea safe for women with large fibroids?

  10. Hi Darlene:

    I’m 35 years old (will be 36 in less than three weeks). I have never had a child, but still hope to have one child in the next couple of years. I know it’s possible to have children at my age, but I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts at age 31. As a result, I was in immense pain prior to my period, and have heavy periods and extremely painful cramps. My OB/GYN put me on a low estrogen birth control pill 2 years later, and I haven’t had a period sense. My doctor says this won’t affect my fertility, because I’m not ovulating as a result of the pill. I would eventually like to get off of the pill. Do you think that red raspberry leaf is good for such a transition?

  11. I am 36 weeks pregnancy with my third pregnancy and have a scheduled csection for this one. this will also be my thrid csection. I went into labor at 38 weeks with my last one and lost a lot of blood during the csection partially because of me being dialated when I had the csection. If I drink the rrlt do you think it will help my uterus to avoid uterine rupture and help keep me from loosing too much blood or do you think it is a bad idea because of it making my uterus contract?

  12. Hello there, I am 36 wks pregnant and have been looking to buy raspberry tea leaf. Im finding it hard to locate the pure raspberry tea leaf and was wondering of its just as benificial to drink herbal teas that include raspberry leaf amongst other herbs? The teas I have are celestial raspberry singer and presidents choice raspberry thriller. Both brands contain raspberry leaf along with other herbs and come in tea bag form. Thanks, hope what I have will work!

  13. Hello I’m 24yrs old I’ve had to stillbirths in the last 2yrs both at 27 weeks would this tea help me in anyway my cause to my stillbirths is my placenta separates from my uterus my body right now is very weak I have no appetite and always throwing up I don’t wanna go thru this again can you please help with what I can do or take from this happening again thank you…

  14. Hi, I’ve been taking fertility meds due to secondary infertility. I’m trying to find something to help give it a boost. I’ve had 2 miscarriages in the past, one from a weak cervix in ’04 and my most recent was in Nov ’11. My OB told me that even though they were several years apart that it’s considered recurrent miscarriages. We have no idea what caused my most recent one. So I am wondering if it will be safe to take with Femara (until Ovulation occurs). I also have endometriosis which causes painful periods and heard that Red Raspberry leaf relieves it, I’ve tried several different things to help relieve the pain from heating pads to pain pills.

  15. Why should the tea be avoided if you’ve had bleeding in the second half of pregnancy? At 33 weeks I had a bleed, but I do not have placental problems as confirmed by ultrasound. The bleeding was put down to “just one of those things”. I am led to believe it is my cervix bleeding after a bowel movement.
    Doesn’t raspberry tea help stop bleeding? Would you use it for friable/irritable cervix this late in pregnancy? Thank you.

  16. Hi, I am 30 weeks pg. 2 weeks ago I had a slight ‘show’ with quite severe pain and was admitted to hosp, where I was put on a drip. My contractions were 4mins apart and an early birth was expected. However, things settled down and I was sent home and advised to rest. I am now 39 wks and not feeling nice at all, was told my baby is fine if she arrives now. Advised to take advised to take Red Leaf drops which I have done. Only slight cramping as yet, how long do you think before labour really kicks in? Thank you regards wendy

  17. I just had a d&e in Feburary and is still waiting for my first period. Mean while I want try this tea to prepare for my future pregnancy. When do I start drink it? After first period or now? And yes I am still having minor bleeding from that d&e.

    Thanks

    Amy

  18. Hi Darlene! So from everything my body is telling me I strongly believe I am pregnant but only 3weeks and 4 days. I already have 2 children. I started spotting/bleeding off and on about 4 days ago and am currently taking progesterone. I heard about Red Raspberry Leaf and read a lot about it so decided to try taking it. I’ve already had 3 early misscarrages in the past and was hoping if my uterus was stronger maybe I could carry it this time. So I took about 40 drops of tincture late morning and again that night before I went to bed, then 30 drops again the next morning. However I started actually bleeding that morning after the three doses so looked up more on it and found your webpage that said not to take in early pregnancy so I immediately stopped. The bleeding stopped but now every morning the last 3 days I have woken up with about 1/3pad full of blood and then about 11:30 it slows down till it’s completely stopped, then starts again the next morning. I feel like it must be the RRL and was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to get it out of my system, if you think it could be causing this? Thanks!

    • Hi Tonya Crane,

      I have seen raspberry leaf cause bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy in a couple of women, this why I feel it would be best to avoid it until the 2nd trimester. As long as you stop taking it right away you should be fine. There is no need to work to get it out of your system. I would like to point out that we provide this caution, just to be safe, though I have not once had a single woman miscarry due to taking raspberry leaf in early pregnancy. Have you read our recurrent miscarriages guide? If not I urge you to, it has great information about natural remedies that are safe to use into pregnancy. You can read it here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/preventing-miscarriage

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  19. Thanks Hethir! I am asking as well as researching. Unfortunately there really does not seem to be a lot of info on VBA-Myomectomy, or on herbs to heal the uterus after a Myomectomy. I hope I come across something soon, I can ttc in June. I just want the best chance of a having a.natural birth. The recovery from the Sugery it long and painful:-(

  20. Hi there! I am 17 weeks pregnant and I cannot stomach prenatal vitamins and I am looking for a more natural way to get my vitamins that my baby and I need. Is it ok for me to drink red raspberry leaf tea this early in my pregnancy? I’v heard it is and then I hear not to drink it until after 34 weeks. Honestly I wish I could get a straight answer lol.

    • Hi Laise,

      Raspberry leaf has been shown safe to consume in pregnancy after the first trimester is over. It still would be best to also take a prenatal vitamin. Have you tried to take whole food prenatal vitamins? Because they are made from whole foods they are easy to digest and can even be taken on an empty stomach. We like Baby and Me Multivitamin.

      Best Wishes and Congratulations!

      Dalene

  21. Hello Darlene! I am 40 years young. had a myomectomy on Dec 12, 2011 to remove 17 small fibroids (all inside my uterus) & to perform a cystectomy on my right ovary that was 8 x 6 which unfortunately resulted in me loosing that ovary due to uncontrolled hemorage. I have one child 12 years old whom I delivered vaginally with no complications. I have been told by my doctor that I can ttc in 6 months to give the uterus time to heal, & that I would have to deliver by c-section because of where she cut through the uterus to remove the fibroids. I have been drinking RRLT since mid Jan 2012 and wonder if that will increase my chances of a vaginal birth. I have read that uterine rupture rates are very rear in the cases of VBAC-ing, but I could not find any info on VBA-Myomectomy. Are you aware of any alternative protocal for this? Could RRLT possibly help in my case???

    • Hi Johari,
      I do not have any experience with this. From my very limited understanding I think it depends on where the scar is located and how bad of a scar it is. A c-section scar may be a lot smaller than the scar from surgery. I encourage you to keep asking, and find someone with experience in this arena to help you. Best of luck!

  22. I am 50 years old with fiborids my periods are awful with lots of clots. My OB/GYN said the Mirena would help but I read these articles on Red Rasberry Leaf Tea and see that is does help with heavy bleeding. Does it help even if someone has fibroids? Also does it increase fertility becasue I certainly do not want a baby…

    Thanks,
    Lisa

    • Hi lisa G.,

      Yes, raspberry leaf may greatly help. It supports uterine health, yet contains no hormonal action, so will not increase fertility in anyway that is related to hormones.

      You may also like this recipe as well…

      Yarrow has been used to stop internal bleeding caused by uterine fibroids, endometriosis and ruptured ovarian cysts as well. This plant has been used traditionally by midwives to stop hemorrhage during miscarriage, or after childbirth. Yarrow’s ability to stop heavy blood flow is well documented and simply amazing!

      Heavy Bleeding Infusion (Tea)
      Combine
      2 parts dried Yarrow (astringent, reduces bleeding)
      2 part Shepherd’s purse (astringent, reduces heavy uterine bleeding, prevents hemorrhage)
      1 part dried Nettle leaf (high in iron, astringent, prevents hemorrhaging)
      ½ part Hibiscus flower (high in Vit. C, nice flavor addition)
      -Place a small handful of the mixture into a quart glass mason jar. Fill with just boiled water, cap tightly. Steep for 30-40 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  23. Hi Dalene,
    What exactly qualifies as recurrent miscarriage? I have two sons 5 and 2 and recently had a missed miscarriage with d&c at 9 weeks (my body did not begin to miscarry naturally). This was my second miscarriage — the first miscarriage was over 5 years ago, the cycle before conceiving my first son and was very early at 4 weeks (almost like a late period). Both of my pregnancies were normal and without any complications. With my 2nd son I drank red raspberry leaf for the first trimester and throughout the pregnancy with no complications. In your experience would I be someone who should avoid RRL tea after ovulation and during the 1st trimester? I am actively TTC and have been drinking RRL tea for the last month and I don’t know if I should give up drinking RRL tea, which a just love. Thanks.

    • Hi Reina,

      More than 2 miscarriages it considered recurrent miscarriage. I does not sound like you would be at risk, but I am not your health care provider, so I am not sure. It sounds like your body responds to raspberry leaf tea well. The RRL early miscarriage is a there to be educational and this happening is extremely rare. No matter how rare the risk, it needs to be stated so you can be well informed!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  24. Hi, I was wondering if red raspberry leaf capsules have any effect to my basal body temp? I have been taking this since Jan 1st and I did ovulate early (cycle day 14), I usually ovulate on cd17 so I believe the RRL had something to do with it. My BBT went up the 2 days after I ovulated, then it went down at 3days past ovulation, then it went back up a little today on 4dpo… Do you think the RRL is effecting my BBT? I am considering quiting the RRL for this cycle just in case I did conceive (I miscarried Oct 26, 2011).

    • Hi Christie,

      I have never hear of Red Raspberry Leaf directly effecting someone who is BBT charting. The best way to find out if it is altering your cycle at all, would be to stop it and see what happens the next cycle. Day 14 ovulation sounds great though!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  25. I had my first baby 2 1/2 months ago by emergency c-section. I am having a horrible time with birth control and am considering going off it and relying on less effective ways and my breastfeeding but worry about uterine rupture were those ways fail and I were to get pregnant. I know the article says that it helps with uterine trauma but do you know of anyone who has used it for this reason and had a safe pregnancy soon after c-section??

    • Hi Julia,

      The risk is relatively low for uterine rupture for women with just one cesarean birth. The risk increases with multiple cesarean deliveries. I have known many women who use raspberry leaf infusion to heal the uterus after cesarean, strengthen it and tone it in preparation for their next pregnancy. Most doctors recommend waiting to get pregnant for at least a year after cesarean. This allows your uterus to heal and regain strength. I would suggest condoms, spermicide or diaphragm as birth control methods, if you are not wanting to take hormonal birth control methods. Do not rely on rhythm method, as this is not reliable when you are breastfeeding!

      Best wishes and congrats on your new baby!

      Dalene

  26. Hi I am just wondering if you know of anyone who has benefitted from Red Raspberry Leaf for uterus prolapse? I have this after my first child and am trying everything from kegels to pilates as conservative management in preparation for more children. I havent started this yet and just wanted to know how it actually helps with prolapsed womb, thanks

    • Hi Michelle,

      Yes, the mild stimulation of the uterus from the action of raspberry leaf may help to strengthen the uterus when combined with other methods, such as the ones you are doing. Another great therapy would be Self Fertility Massage.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  27. I am 38 weeks. 3-4 cm and having lower left back pain and cramping. And was wondering if the raspberry liquid drops will help induce labor.

    • Hi Crystal,

      It would be best to contact your doctor or midwife about the pain you are experiencing. You want to give your baby the most time possible in the womb for development. The lungs and brain are still maturing in preparation for labor and delivery, you want the lungs to be ready to take their first breath! Give yourself some more time, talk to your doctor or midwife before choosing to begin drinking this tea to induce labor, if you have not been drinking it already throughout your pregnancy. The may give you the go ahead, so it is worth speaking to them. Congratulations! May you have a wonderful labor and delivery! How exciting, you are going to meet your baby so soon!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  28. Hi Dalene,
    I am 37 weeks pregnant and have just found out that my baby is breech and i will be having a c section at 39 weeks. I have been taking the raspberry leaf tablet and I am now concerned if it is still safe to continue taking them and if so are there any benefits for recovery if I recommenced taking the tablets following the birth.
    Many thanks,

    Jo

    • Hi Jo Gray,

      May you have a safe and wonderful birth! Yes there are definitely benefits to continuing the raspberry leaf! Toward the end of the article it says this…

      Uterine Trauma: If you have had surgery to remove fibroids, endometrial tissues, cysts or have had uterine prolapse, previous uterine hemorrhage or a Cesarean section this herb may help your recovery and healing of the uterus. The toning effect of Red Raspberry leaf helps the uterus to recover more quickly.

      Raspberry leaf is also very nourishing for breast milk production. If you plan on breastfeeding you may continue on with this. I like to continue the Nutritive Pregnancy Preparation Tonic through breastfeeding as well. I used to drink about 3 quarts a week to keep my milk supply rich! In fact my milk was so rich I exclusively breastfed my 2nd son until he was 8 months old. At 8 months old he weighed about 25lbs.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  29. I had three misscarriages ,after 6 months I have started trying again and my periods are due by 9th july 2011,can I start taking raspberry leaf tea.

    • Hi Kulsoom,

      It would be best to use this plant to help heal and prepare for pregnancy, but should be avoided after ovulation if you are actively trying to conceive, especially if you have a history of recurrent miscarriage. If you have a history of recurrent miscarriage, red raspberry should only be used from after your period ends, up to ovulation and not after in case you are pregnant. The toning effect of this herb on the uterus is sometimes too much for a weak uterus and would be best used in preparation for pregnancy, in general 3-6 months prior to trying to conceive. In addition it would be best to avoid during the 1st trimester of pregnancy as well.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  30. This may seem silly but what exactly is 1 part equivalent to for a 1 quart serving? I have made the tea 2 days in a row, love it but want to ensure I am making it properly. Many thanks!

  31. Hello Dalene,

    I have pcos, and I was wondering if this tonic was good for my condition. I’ve tried for years to get pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy to no avail I have also had 1 miscarriage 4 yrs ago but I was taking fertility drugs. I wanted to take a more holistic approach this time around.

    Deeply concerned,
    Stephani

    • Hi Stephani,

      I think in general red raspberry is an overall good fertility tonic for any woman who is preparing for pregnancy! With PCOS your fertility challenges are a bit more complicated and while red raspberry leaf is a good overall fertility tonic, it is not a “cure all” for PCOS. Women with PCOS need to eat a specific way to balance insulin levels. A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the bodies insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg. Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.

      If you click on the blue highlighted phrase it will take you to an article on PCOS, which will help you to learn other great remedies specific for that condition.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  32. Hi

    I am 36 weeks pregnant and would like to know when it would be safe and good to start drinking the drops?

    I do not want to drink it to start labor earlier, I only want to use it for the benefits of helping labor on. Would it be fine to start drinking it on the day I go into labor, or should I start earlier?

    Kind regards,

    Odette

    • Hi Odette,

      Congratulations! How exciting for you that you are getting so close to meeting your baby!

      Red Raspberry is a traditional pregnancy tonic, that has been use for hundreds of years by midwives, for their patients to prepare for labor and sustain a healthy pregnancy. It is safe for use throughout pregnancy if there is not a history of early miscarriage (if there is, aviod use during 1st trimester only). It is safe to begin at anytime and will not start labor. You may feel a tightening of the uterus already (Braxton Hicks contractions), as your body begins to prepare for labor. This is your body’s way of strengthening the uterus for labor. Red raspberry is more beneficial as a preparation for labor, so beginning it months to week before labor may be best. It is fine to drink during labor as well, just be sure to let your doctor or midwife know.

      Best Wishes on your upcoming labor and birth!

      Dalene

  33. Do red raspberry leaf drops work as well as the tea? I hate the taste of tea so I thought the drops might be a good alternitive.

    • Hi Alise,

      I think you mean red raspberry leaf tincture (liquid drops) and the answer is yes, they are just as effective as the tea. The drops probably won’t taste as good because they are made with grain alcohol to extract the medicinal properties.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  34. Is there a difference between Raspberry leaf tea and
    Red Raspberry tea?

    • Hi Rebecca,

      If you are looking into Raspberry flavored teas that are fruity and do not say Red Raspberry leaf, then yes there may be a difference. To reap the medicinal benefits discussed in this article you need to find a good quaility preferrably organic Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Some may say just Red Raspberry, but be sure it is not raspberry flavored and just the leaves.

      All the best,

      Dalene