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I've been drinking the tea every day since about 12 weeks pregnant. The tea is believed to strengthen your uterus, as I understand it, and probably won't do much good if you introduce it when you're uterus is already contracting.
Edit: I found this article: http://www.pregnancy.com.au/resources/topics-of-interest/pregnancy/raspberry-leaf.shtml
I think you should do what your healthcare provider recommends.
Laura_Elaine:I'll be 37w tomorrow, but with my first two, my OB didn't even mention it until I was 39w... and then, I "scheduled" it for as late as she would let me go... about 9 to 14 days after my EDD. Both DS and DD were born the day after their due dates, so I don't know why an OB would recommend scheduling an induction before your due date...?
But maybe that's just me, I guess there are moms out there who prefer to schedule an induction rather than sit around and wait, wondering when labor might start...
It is just so the hospital has the paperwork on hand and ready to go in case you don't naturally go into labor before then. I have to fill mine out on Fri.
I've been drinking an organic pregnancy tea (which included red raspberry leaf as an ingredient) the whole pregnancy and then switched to exclusive Red Raspberry Leaf tea at 36 weeks. I also increased the amount I was consuming at that time. Likewise, I also began taking evening primrose oil capsules orally at 36 weeks.
Red raspberry leaf tea won't help you go into labor, it just helps to tone and strengthen the muscles of our reproductive tracts. It's great for women to drink anytime, pregnant or not. If you're trying to find natural methods of inducing labor, there are some good tips here: http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/natural-ways-to-induce-labor.html
(Just promise me you'll avoid the castor oil!)
auburnbride2be:I'm being induced because I have GD and am on insulin.
You're letting them induce you for that??? Are you not mom enough to give birth naturally to a 15 lb baby??? Sheesh. Everybody's taking the easy way out these days... Kids getting epidurals and c-sections and inductions and whatnot...