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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 its 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 it is also excellent as a nutritive and tonic in preparation for pregnancy (it is found in 2 of the primary herbal blends in our best-selling fertility cleanse kit) . It is 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: astringent, tonic, parturient, refrigerant and antiemetic. Below is a break-down to help you understand what these medicinal actions mean, as identified by the American Botanical Council, in relationship to this plant.

Astringent: Astringent herbs cause contraction and shrinkage of internal and external body tissues. They also help to prevent hemorrhage or excessive bleeding. Red Raspberry leaves help prevent hemorrhage, making it useful for miscarriage, childbirth, postpartum healing, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia. The tannins contribute to its astringent properties, which also aid healthy digestive function; this herb is wonderful for alleviating diarrhea.

Uterine Tonic: Its 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 due to uterine weakness, when used in preparation for pregnancy.

Parturient: Parturient herbs promote labor. The Journal of nurse-midwifery reports that around 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: Raspberry leaf cools the body down and may help to slightly reduce fever. Note: this action only takes place if there is an actual fever present.

Antiemetic: It may reduce morning sickness by easing nausea and helping to 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 for at least 3 months prior to trying to conceive.

    Recurrent Miscarriage*: For those who 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 which helps to boost overall nutrition in preparation for pregnancy. Having adequate nutrient stores prior to pregnancy can help increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

    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 to boost their nutrition levels in preparation for conception, as it does not contain any hormone-like substances.

    Uterine Trauma: If you have had surgery to remove fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or have had uterine prolapse, previous uterine hemorrhage or a Cesarean section this herb may help your recovery and may promote 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 the manufacturer’s recommended dosage for the product you have 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.

*Slight Caution: The following information is based on my personal experiences as a practitioner. In a couple of clients I have worked with, with who have a history of recurrent miscarriage due to an “irritable” or “weak” uterus, I suggest that it may be best to use red raspberry for pregnancy preparation (3-6 months prior to trying to conceive) and avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. The effect of this herb on the uterus appears to be too much for some women. It is fine to start drinking it again in the 2nd trimester, once pregnancy is established.

Simple At Home Infusion Preparations

Red Raspberry leaves have a mild flavor as opposed to other herbal teas, and they combine well with other herbs. All herbs below should be purchased dried rather than fresh.

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
1 part 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


  • Terminology (n.d.). American Botanical Council. Retrieved from
  • McFarlin, B. L., Gibson, M. H., O’Rear, J., & Harman, P. (1999). A NATIONAL SURVEY OF HERBAL PREPARATION USE BY NURSE‐MIDWIVES FOR LABOR STIMULATION. Journal of nurse-midwifery, 44(3), 205-216. DOI: 10.1016/S0091-2182(99)00037-3 Retrieved from:
  • Simpson, M., Parsons, M., Greenwood, J., & Wade, K. (2001). Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety and efficacy in labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 46(2), 51-59. Retrieved from:
  • Weed, Susun. (n.d.) Herbal Allies for Pregnancy Problems. Retrieved from:
  • Romm, Aviva. (2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier
  • Weed, Susan S. (1986). Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Woodstock, New York: Ash Tree Publishing.
  • Hoffman, David. (1990). The New Holistic Herbal. Element Books Limited.
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Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    I am 46 years old and one month ago I started drinking raspberry leaf, nettle leaf and dandelion tea daily as well as one tablet of cod liver oil. I missed my first period for November and feel nauseated daily. I have taken 2 $1.00 pregnancy tests that gave me a negative result. I also feel cramps occasionally like my period may be coming on, but I see nothing. My friends laugh and say that I am going through menopause. What gives?

    • Dear Gloria,

      Awe… I’m sorry your friend laugh. None of what you are taking is known to cause a delay in menstruation or even menstrual cycle shifts unless perhaps you were malnourished before starting them. I can’t imagine that is the cause. Have you missed a period before? Did you actively try to conceive? If your period does not start consider a visit to your doctor just to be sure you are not pregnant.

      We do know that the cycle can naturally shift as a result of age, gaining or losing weight, poor diet, travel and stress. Might any of these be a factor?

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    Hello and thanks for the great work! Is drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea OK while breastfeeding? Is it totally safe for my baby son (8 weeks old) if I take it regularly and won’t interfere with his development (especially hormone related)?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Dear Sakura,

      What I can share is historical use of this amazing, nutritious herb. I have not ever heard of Red Raspberry leaf tea harming an infant child via his mother’s breastmilk or otherwise. Red Raspberry has been used for quite some time by herbalists and midwives to help support breastmilk production and support uterine health postpartum. It is in general considered safe while breastfeeding. With all of that, of you will worry about consuming it or are concerned, do find a naturopath, herbalist or midwife near you to work one on one with.

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    Thank you for the information. I just started consuming the tea today. I plan to start with 1 cup per day so that I can monitor how it effects my body. I am new to the TTC community and late to game I might add, being 39. I hope to get things on track with a better diet and herbal consumption. Is there anything I should focus on for irregular periods and anovulation? My first month charting and to date CD25 I have not seen a spike in my BBT. Kind of nervous but hoping to see something happen on the next cycle.

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    I’ve heard that if you have fibroids the Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) may make them grow faster/larger? That Red Raspberry has an estrogen effect. Are you familiar with this situation? Is it true? Thank you.

    • Dear Alex,

      Red Raspberry leaf has not been shown to directly impact uterine fibroid growth. I also have not been able to find a credible source to prove that Red Raspberry Leaf has estrogenic effects. We find it useful for so many women and for uterine health particularly when there is uterine weakness (from surgeries, multiple births, adhesions, etc.).

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    Dear Elizabeth, how can one get this raspberry leaf?

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    HHi im trying to conceive from one year and im thryoid (im getting slim day by day due to thryooid) is this leaves will help me ou t for this please solve my problem

    • Dear Barkha,

      Red Raspberry Leaf offers many fertility health benefits specific to uterine health and boosting nutrition levels. While certain vitamins and minerals are helpful for thyroid function, Red Raspberry Leafs are not known to impact thyroid health/function.

      Consider learning signs of how poor thyroid health affects fertility and what you can do naturally about it from our guide Solve Thyroid Problems Before Conceiving a Baby.

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    is the raspberry leaf tea ok to drink post ovulation or should it be stopped once ive ovulated?
    sorry if someone has already asked this question.

    • Dear Karena,

      Red Raspberry Leaf tea can be consumed all cycle long without taking a break and may be best discontinued upon first determination of pregnancy until the start of the second trimester (unless guided differently by your midwife, herbalist or healthcare provider).

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    Hello, after reading this article I bought an organic raspberry leaf herbal tea. These are the ingredients listed: organic raspberry leaves 30%, organic hibiscus, organic apple pomace, organic sweet blackberry leaves, non organic raspberry flavour (5%), non organic tartaric acid, organic raspberry pomace, organic rosehips.
    I am trying to conceive and am already taking vitex & maca tablets + conception multivitamins. Is it OK to take this herbal tea along with these? How many cups should I take per day? Also, should I stop taking this herbal tea as soon as I find out that I’m pregnant?
    Thank you for your excellent website and constant help.

    • Dear Sakura,

      The tea sounds lovely! It can be consumed with Vitex, Maca and a multivitamin. It is best to follow the suggested use of the maker of the tea. Red Raspberry (Maca and Vitex discontinued) can be paused upon first determination of pregnancy. Red Raspberry Leaf tea can then be restarted in the second and third trimesters if you felt you could benefit.

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    I will be doing a clomid cycle IUI with HCG trigger shot is it safe to use raspberry leaf tea during this cycle? If so ho along should I drink the tea (Menstral, follicular, Ovulatory and Luteal? Or do I stop sooner? Thank you -Lunden

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    Hi, I am currently trying to conceive. I had my hormones tested a year or so ago and it was showing that estrogen was high and was affected from stress which affected the cortisol level so I assume my hormones are a bit unbalanced. I have been recommended to take red raspberry tablets. Do these help balance your hormones?

    • Dear Claire,

      Red Raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic. It is nutritious; contains many vitamins, minerals and nutrients as well. It is used to encourage healthy uterine tone/strengthen the uterus and to encourage normal menstrual flow. It is not known to support hormonal balance. There are other herbs known for their ability to nourish the body systems instrumental in maintaining hormonal balance.

      Consider learning more about these herbs in the form of Biphasic Herbal Formulas: Support A Healthy Fertility Cycle. Diet and lifestyle including managing stress are key as well.

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    I just had a miscarriage a week ago and I’m still bleeding (very lightly). I thought it was done this morning, drank a cup of raspberry leaf tea and saw bright red bleeding (lightly) again. Is this something to worry about? And is it safe to drink the tea if I’m planning on TTC in the next couple months?

    • Dear LeeLee,

      I am so very sorry!

      Red Raspberry Leaf is quite possibly the most popular uterine tonic herb among herbalists and midwives, and is known to be a very safe herb. It is likely that it is supporting uterine tone for you as well. I don’t know your whole story and if you are concerned to consider reaching out to your healthcare provider, but from what I know it doesn’t appear there needs to be concern. Red Raspberry Leaf is best consumed in preparation for pregnancy and then after the first trimester, in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

      Here too are 5 easy steps to nourish and recover from miscarriage: After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery. This guide includes foods to eat, helpful tips for stress management, information about herbs and other wellness tips.

      Take care!

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    Hello. We are starting our second IVF cycle in approximately 3-4 weeks. Should i be drinking raspberry tea now?

    Thank you

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    My partner and I are planning for our second child. Can I take raspberry leaf if I am still breastfeeding? Our son is 10 months old. I am hoping to conceive on my next cycle.

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    In the past I’ve dealt with Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts and even had one rupture requiring emergency surgery. We are trying to conceive and I would love to drink red raspberry leaf tea but I read somewhere else that it isn’t good for woman with ovarian cysts because of the estrogen like effects. Do you think this would be safe for me to drink?

    • Dear Maggie,

      I am sorry you have had to experience this!

      I have heard from many who are reading elsewhere that Red Raspberry Leaf is to be avoided by women with estrogen dominant fertility health issues, but I do not know Red Raspberry Leaf to be estrogenic. None of my sources share this. It is spasmolytic (reduces spasm) and a wonderful uterine tonic herb.

      It would be best to continue to research to learn what you can about this herb in order to make the best decision for yourself. Red Raspberry Leaf could be added to a natural fertility program designed to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements…

      Happy researching :-)!

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    Hello, firstly thank you for your brilliant website. I wanted to ask if it’s ok to use the raspberry leaf tea during the 2nd half of my cycle, as I’ve read some stuff on the web that says you shouldn’t.

    And another question: is it ok to continue my normal exercise regime (which in my case is a lot of yoga, as I am a yoga teacher) during the 2nd half of the cycle, or should I back off?

    Many thanks.


    • Hi Annabel,

      You can find this information in the article above under the section Traditional Usage of Red Raspberry Leaf. I am probably one of the only herbal practitioners that suggests women with a history of miscarriage due to an “irritable uterus” to avoid consuming raspberry leaf tea or tincture after ovulation when TTC. The reason I do so? I have had a couple clients with a history of recurrent miscarriage due to uterine issues begin to spot while taking this herb in early pregnancy. If you don’t have a history of miscarriage due to these reasons, raspberry leaf is fine to consume all month long.

      In regard to the yoga, if you are actively trying to conceive, it may be best to avoid poses that press on the ovaries, or require holding poses where you are bending at the waist. Otherwise, it is probably fine.

      Best Wishes!

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    Is it safe and advisable to take raspberry tea along with conceptions tea? Any down side to taking both?

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    I have a few questions about raspberry leaf tea, and fertility. I have had several miscarriages over the years. When I was 18 I had a D&C, and was then diagnosed with precancerous cells on my cervix. Just last summer I was discharged saying that the cells are now gone. I am 25 now, and am ready to venture down the road of conception again.
    I have been off the pill for a few months now. I am also trying to quit smoking, and make other health improvements as well.

    So will this raspberry leaf tea help me with my situation? If so, how much should I drink daily for the best results? Is Traditional Medicinals raspberry leaf tea is this good enough, or would there be a better alternative

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    Can women drink this who have ovarian cysts?

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    Can I drink the red raspberry leaf tea while I’m still bleeding due to a recent miscarriage?

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    Hi there,
    You suggest using Red raspberry leaf tea to aid fertility, and leading up to pregnancy. You suggest avoiding it during the first trimester for some women, but you don’t say when to stop? I am about to ovulate and am wondering if I should be drinking this tea during ovulation and the two week wait stopping when getting a positive pregnancy test or stopping at ovulation? How does it effect implantation? Any help would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Dear Jessica,

      Red Raspberry leaf can be taken all cycle long with trying to conceive. It is safe to consume daily during this time and can then be stopped upon confirming pregnancy should there be concern or history of recurrent miscarriage. It is not known to impact implantation.

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    Hi there!
    I wanted to ask can we use fresh red raspberry leafs to make (green) tea? Also, can I make my own by washing fresh raspberry leafs and drying it in the sun? My mother is 40 years old and she is going to do 2nd round of IVF. If she gets pregnant in the future, I would like to make her this tea during her 2nd and 3rd trimester. Thank you in advance.

    • Dear Shocy,

      What a lovely gesture!

      One could consider making Red Raspberry Leaf tea from fresh leaves or leaves dried at home. The Red Raspberry Leaf used as a uterine tonic is Rubus idaeus, spp and be sure that it is not chemically treated, or the ground/plant life near it is also not chemically treated.

      All my best to your mother!

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    I am a surrogate and have a question. Many surrogates drink Raspberry Leaf tea during our IVF cycles preparing for a transfer because of its association with fertility. According to this site, however, it looks like this is not reccomended. Is this true?

    • Dear Dawn,

      If interested in using Red Raspberry Leaf and also having IVF, it is best to consult your healthcare provider or a qualified natural healthcare provider for guidance on using Red Raspberry Leaf with medication.

      What a wonderful gift you offer other women! All my best!

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    Is Red Raspberry Tea Estrogenic? There is much controversy surrounding this.

    • Dear Ladonna,

      I have have not been able to find a credible source to prove that Red Raspberry Leaf may have mild estrogenic effects. We find it useful for so many women and for uterine health.

      In regards to plants that may have an estrogenic effect, what is important to know is that one way to promote healthy estrogen balance within the body is to consider herbal phytoestrogens and how protect us from harmful xenoestrogens (toxins or bad estrogens). Xenoestrogens come from human-made chemicals (herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to name a few), conventional foods, personal and body care products, paper products… many of the conventional products many use in their daily lives. Xenoestrogens are known to contribute to and cause estrogen dominance. Phytoestrogens have the potential to bind to hormone receptor sites so that these bad xenoestrogens aren’t able to, ultimately protecting us from these toxins. Phytoestrogens also provide a variety of additional nutrients and fertility health benefits we feel valuable for many of our clients.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    I just started on red raspberry capsules. When I think I am ovulating, it suggests I stop taking the capsule, but when I do start back up again?

    • Dear Lena,

      Red Raspberry Leaf is known to be safe to use throughout pregnancy to prepare for labor and birth. This being said, or senior herbalist suggests that it may be best to not use Red Raspberry Leaf in the first trimester of pregnancy. The effect of this herb on the uterus appears to be too much for some women. She shares that it is fine to start drinking Red Raspberry Leaf again in the 2nd trimester, once pregnancy is established.

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    Hi. Thank you so much for all of the information you make available on your website. It is really helpful. My question is whether raspberry leaf tea is appropriate for someone with endometriosis. Thanks!

    • Dear Hannah,

      I am so happy the information we provide has been helpful. Red Raspberry Leaf may be helpful for fertility health conditions where there are menstrual bleeding issues or uterine weakness present which may be the case with endometriosis.

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    My 6 year old daughter has been getting stomach aches, her bowel movements are very strong smelling, as well as her urine. Is it possible for her to take Red Raspberry Leaves capsules that are my own? Or, should I give her the tea? Or another recommendation for this matter.

    • Dear Melina,

      We can not suggest the use of Red Raspberry Leaf for a 6-year-old girl as this is beyond our scope of practice. It will be best to seek the advice of an herbalist or natural healthcare practitioner well versed in pediatric herbalism.

      All my best!

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    Me and my husband are currently trying to conceive our second child. I am looking for something to help give my fertility a boost. I have a regular period. I am 28, a vegetarian, no health issues besides some extra weight, but I have been exercising. I was thinking about raspberry leaf tea. What would you suggest? Thank You

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    I’m on my third pregnancy after 2 C-sections. I drank red raspberry, at least from the 2nd semester on, with my first 2 pregnancies and had relentless Braxton-Hicks contractions from about before 8 months on to the end. I’d love a VBAC but am discussing the wisdom with my doctor. Just wondering in your opinion if you think there is any risk whatsoever in using red raspberry after 2 uterine surgeries… I know it’s supposed to tone, but can it cause too many powerful contractions? Sadly I missed the boat on taking it pre-pregnancy this time around.

    • Hi Krista,

      Red Raspberry leaf is commonly used to support the health of the uterus in pregnancy, but based on your case, we cannot say it is safe one way or the other. I would consider this herb an excellent way to encourage the health and function of the uterus, especially a uterus that has had a lot of trauma via Cesarean birth. The safety and what is best for your body can only be determine by you and your doctor, considering your unique health history. This herb is considered one of the safest herbs for pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. We have never worked with anyone that has experienced any negative side effects from use of Red Raspberry Leaf infusion in the second and third trimester of pregnancy, even those who have had a VBAC. If you choose to move forward with consuming it [alone] you may want to find an herbalist you can speak with, who can also monitor how you are doing along the way. This herb is really gentle, nourishing and effective when taken daily as an infusion, but it is important to be sure of the quality and to not combine it with any other herbs that are not recommended for pregnancy.

      Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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    Is it possible for red raspberry leaf tea to thicken your uterine lining too much? I started drinking 3 cups a days before my miscarriage but after I was diagnosed, hoping it would make it easier. It may have, as I had no pain during the process. I am 5 weeks post-m/c and had an ultrasound recently. Dr. said my uterine lining looks a little thick, which might be indicative that I have some retained tissue, but it should pass on my next period since my hormone levels are dropping. Just curious whether the tea could have contributed to that at all. I know people drink it to thicken a thin lining, but I don’t know if I had thin lining to begin with and am wondering if I should stop drinking it.

    • Dear Tiffany,

      I am sorry for your loss! Red Raspberry leaf could be used to nourish the blood, which in turn may help support a healthy uterine lining. In our practice, we don’t typically use this herb to thicken the endometrium. It sounds like your doctor is on point, that it may be your body retaining some of the uterine lining due to pregnancy.

      Our article 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages may be helpful as well as you move forward.

      Take care and I wish for you speedy healing!

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    Why should you stop the Red Raspberry leaf tea after ovulation if trying to conceive? Also, when should you start back up with the tea?

    • Dear Allison,

      As with many herbs, Red Raspberry leaf is best used for 3-6 months in preparation for pregnancy. It is best to stop drinking Red Raspberry leaf tea at ovulation when actively trying to conceive in cases of uterine weakness. Based in the personal experience of this article’s author, women with a history of recurrent miscarriage due to an “irritable” or “weak” uterus, Red Raspberry leaf is best used in preparation for pregnancy (3-6 months prior to trying to conceive) and avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. She has found that “the effect of this herb on the uterus appears to be too much for some women. It is fine to start drinking it again in the 2nd trimester, once pregnancy is established.”

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    I take Prenatal gummies, Vitex, Cinnamon, Dong Quai, Saw Palmetto, CoQ10 and a B complex. I am adding Maca Root capsules, Rep Raspberry leaf capsules and Royal Jelly. I take the proper doses of all I have already. I am taking all these things because I am almost 29 and somehow have low egg count and my baby making mind is on overdrive because I want 4 kids, at least 2 biological and 2 adopted (I planned that years ago). Question: My cycle is pretty good. It has shortened and my ovulation time frame has changed. Will Red Raspberry leaf (or any of these) mess with my cycle length/ovulation window? Thanks so much!

    • Dear Amber,

      While I can not say with certainty how your body will react to taking all that is listed here, there is potential for women who begin taking herbs that impact hormone balance to experience temporary cycle shifts. We feel this is a sign of the body responding to the herb’s action and often see these shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

      I also feel it is important to note that when taking herbs to support hormone balance, the menstrual cycle may change a bit. One may experience a “new normal” in terms of menstrual cycle timing and regularity.

      It is best to give hormone balancing herbs a minimum of three months time to effectively support hormone balance.

      Our article AMH, Ovarian Reserve & Continued Follicle Production may offer helpful tips as well.

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    Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your answer re: vitex and red raspberry leaf! I checked out the article about endo & infertility (my RE’s primary hypothesis is endo, but she’s reticent to do surgery to confirm the diagnosis). So, now I have another question: I’m now taking vitex (500 mg/day) and drinking red rasp leaf tea–is it safe for me to introduce bee propolis and maca, as well, or are there bad interactions? Thanks!

    • Dear Annika,

      You are most welcome!

      Bee propolis and Fertilica Maca can be combined with Vitex and Red Raspberry leaf. I know of nothing by positive interactions. (Bee products should not be taken if you have are allergic to bees).

      All my best!

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    I’ve been diagnosed with unexplained primary fertility and my RE suspects endo and possibly LPD. I’ve recently started taking vitex. Is it safe to take red raspberry leaf along with vitex? Thanks!

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    I’ve been TTC for nearly a year and have read up on herbs that can help with preparation and overall fertility. Is it safe to use raspberry lead tea alongside black cohosh?

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    Hi Elizabeth,
    I just had a medical management of miscarriage last November after we found out that the baby stopped developing. I’ve had brown discharge for two days and today I started bleeding which is probably my normal menstrual period. Is it safe to drink the raspberry leaf tea now? I really want to heal my body naturally especially after reading your articles here.
    Your response will be very much appreciated.
    Thank You.

    • Dear JB,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      Red Raspberry leaf can be consumed daily through the entire cycle. Suggested use of as an herbal infusion, drink 1 cup, 1-3 times a day.

      Best wishes!

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    I started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea because of prolonged bleeding. I had been bleeding for 8 weeks when I started drinking the tea 3 x per day. Two weeks later I stopped bleeding, ran out of tea, waited for it to come back in. The week I stopped drinking the tea (5 days) bleeding started again. I had been to the dr after 5 weeks of bleeding she said it could be due to hormone imbalance due to breastfeeding my baby is 11 months old, still BF 4 times per day. She done ultrasound my lining was a little thick, but not too bad. All she offered was BC no other test. My question, do you think the RRL helped or just a coincidence? Also, any advice on something else to level out hormones?

    • Hello Christina!

      Red Raspberry leaf has astringent properties meaning it contracts and shrinks tissues. If fact this is one of it’s attributes. This is why it is often recommended in cases if heavy menstrual bleeding.

      I can not be certain if it alone helped you, but given the results you shared after stopping its use it seems as though it did.

      Consider learning about natural remedies to help with heavy menstrual bleeding and hormone balance.

      Best wishes!

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    Hi there, I had a missed miscarriage the end of October and I’m wanting to TTC again current cycle. I’m really hoping that raspberry leaf tea can help me heal and maintain my pregnancy better next time. I was somewhere between 6-8wks last time and my cycle returned after 30days which is quite normal. I began drinking the tea following the end of my period – should I stop drinking the tea during the week I expect to ovulate or wait until after I’ve confirmed with temp/opk? Also, I’ve been drinking 2 cups a day and noticed a fair bit more wetness than that normal? Thank you so much for the wonderful site.

    • Dear KB,

      I am very sorry for your loss.

      Red raspberry leaf can be used up until ovulation, so it is would be okay to confirm ovulation and let that day be the day you stop drinking it.

      I have not heard of Red Raspberry Leaf directly impacting cervical mucus production, but this may be possible given the number of nutrients it provides.

      Best wishes to you!

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    Hi! I am TTC and have noticed brown spotting several days (going on day 4 now….) before my period. I read this could be a sign of Low progesterone levels and thus would make it hard to conceive. I read the red raspberry capsules can strengthen the lining of the uterus and regulate your period/progesterone levels? Is this true?

    • Dear Laura,

      Red Raspberry leaf benefits fertility health as a uterine tonic, meaning it strengthens and tones the uterus, by providing the body a number of nutrients including iron, and encouraging normal menstrual flow (to name a few). It is not known to have a direct impact on hormonal balance.

      Spotting can be tricky as there are a number of factors that can be the culprit. Consider referring to our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health for more information and guidance.

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    Hello, so I started to drink Raspberry leaf tea 2 months ago, the first month my period came late and this month I am 2 weeks late with my period and still waiting for it to come. It never happened before I started to drink this tea. Any idea why?

    • Hello Aliyah!

      First, I have to ask if you tried to conceive, could you be pregnant? While I have not heard of Red Raspberry lead tea delaying menstruation, the tonifying and astringent properties of this plant may be factors. Did you have normal or light menstrual flow before you started drinking this tea? How much tea are you drinking each day? Are you taking any other herbs or nutritional supplements in addition to Red Raspberry Leaf?

      It will help to know all that you are taking and doing to support your fertility health.