A friend of mine who just had her baby naturally after two cesarian births swore about drinking herbal teas to prepare your body for birthing. With pregnancy you have to be careful of the types of herbal teas you drink and make sure it is suitable for the trimester you are in (such as raspberry tea life can trigger labour and should only be taken in the last trimester etc..). You can buy the herbs in bulk and if you have the ingredients prepare your own tea, or you can buy them in tea bag forms.
I came across a great site called Mum Stuff that sell lots of great stuff from pregnancy and beyond. They have a section where they sell herbal teas and the ones I purchased since I am now in my third trimester are; Organic Third Trimester Tea, Organic Milkmaid Tea and Raspberry Leaf Tea. The benefits of each are listed below each packet. I am looking forward to trying them out.
“Heavenly Brew” as recommended by Pregnancy and Birth Magazine February 2006!
Third Trimester Tea is a blend of organic herbs that helps provide vital vitamins and minerals, benefiting you, your uterus and your breasts during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Uterine tonic herbs like partridge berry and red raspberry leaf have long been used to prepare women for an easier childbirth. It’s also packed with vitamin and mineral-rich herbs such as stinging nettles, alfalfa and oat straw.
Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby).
This tea is intended for use in the third trimester.
Earth Mama Angel Baby’s famous Milkmaid Tea now in easy to use teabags! The organic herbs such as fennel seed, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle and fenugreek in Milkmaid Tea have long been credited with safely inducing lactation by stimulating breast milk supply for breastfeeding mums. It’s delicious both iced and hot.
There’s more…many of the herbs in this delicious tea also contain vitamins and minerals and are a soothing digestive aid for both breastfeedingmum and her nursing baby.
100% Organic Ingredients: Fenugreek Seed, Fennel Seed, Red Raspberry Leaf, Orange Peel, Nettle Leaf, Spearmint Leaf, Anise Seed, Caraway Seed, Alfalfa Leaf.
Certified organic and certified kosher by EarthKosher.
A fragrant blend of raspberry leaf, natural flavour and real apple pieces combine to make this delicious tea, traditionally valued for its benefits to women in the late stages of pregnancy (from 35 weeks onwards). This Raspberry Leaf Tea is naturally caffeine free.
Raspberry Leaf has healing and preventative properties which are said to tone the uterus, and improve contractions to facilitate childbirth. Raspberry leaf is also an astringent herb rich in vitamins and minerals important for pregnant women, among them vitamins C, E, A and B complex, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and iron. (Source: Earth Mama Angel Baby)
This product should be avoided by those in the early stages of pregnancy.
Each serving delivers 1.0g of Raspberry Leaf. Recommended maximum intake: 3 cups of raspberry leaf tea per day.
Ingredients: Raspberry Leaves, Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Natural Raspberry flavour, Tartric Acid, Rosehips, Raspberries, Apple Pomace.