Raspberry leaf tea has been used by midwives and in folklore as an effective remedy to induce labour if you are overdue. There is only limited research supporting this view, but none conclusive enough to comment on its effectiveness with confidence.
Benefits of raspberry leaf tea
- Reduce nausea and vomiting
Some women drink raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester as well
- Shorten labour
A study of 192 women showed that red raspberry leaf tea shortened the second stage of labour by an average of 9.59 minutes
- Reduced need for intervention during delivery
Small studies conducted as well as American Pregnancy Association states that drinking the tea may reduce the need for interventions during childbirth
- Source of nutrients
Red raspberry leaf contains nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C and E. It is also rich in antioxidants.
Potential side effects & risks of raspberry leaf tea
- Cause a diuretic effect
Raspberry leaf tea could make you have to pee or go to the bathroom more often
- Chance of miscarriage in the first trimester
Since it has the potential to trigger contractions if you drink it in large quantities (defined as more than four 8-ounce cups daily), it’s important to avoid red raspberry leaf tea early in pregnancy
Raspberry leaf tea is best avoided in the first trimester. During later part of pregnancy, it is ok to have in moderation to avoid major side effects. Although there is no sufficient research supporting efficacy of raspberry leaf tea in inducing labour, you can discuss with your doctor and definitely try out this tea if you are overdue and want to kick start your labour.
If you had a cup or two and worried that you will go into preterm labour or miscarriage, it is likely that you will be fine if you feel ok overall. No need to worry.