None! You’ve heard the phrase, “A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet”? It’s the same with red raspberry tea, raspberry tea or raspberry leaf tea. Doesn’t matter what you call this popular ingredient in pregnancy tea, all versions of the name are talking about the same thing.
Some people & health care providers call red raspberry leaf tea simply “raspberry tea.”
That sounds like the tea is made from the berry instead of the leaf, but it’s not.
Maybe it’s a shortcut or maybe it’s just how they learned the name to begin with, but either way, they are all talking about the tea made from the leaves of the red raspberry plant.
Why drink it?
Red raspberry leaf tea is almost heroic in its many good effects for anyone.
And it’s one of the most recommended herbal teas to drink during pregnancy.
When you’re planning your birth, you may want to include it on your hospital bag checklist so you can sip some during labor or after baby is in your arms.
According to American Pregnancy, research shows it helps with many aspects of pregnancy health and labor, as well as protecting from “from pre- or post-term gestation (delivering too early or too late).”
Midwives often recommend raspberry tea because of its pregnancy benefits:
• rich in iron
• helps tone the uterus
• increase milk production
• decrease nausea
• ease labor pains
• promote uterine health during pregnancy
But only after your first trimester!
Although raspberry tea is considered safe, some health care providers wonder about it being safe during the first trimester of pregnancy when baby is the most susceptible to what you eat.
For that reason, they recommend waiting until your second trimester to begin drinking raspberry leaf tea.
Because it’s a traditional tea that’s been used by midwives and women for centuries and in different cultures, the benefits of toning the uterus, initiating labor, and possibly controlling contractions are widely accepted.
But there are few studies about it (only 6), and one is about 50 years old. And the rest were very small, meaning that a broad cross-section of women had not been thoroughly studied.
None of those studies showed all the benefits listed above, and the common question is whether or not it helps with uterine strength and contractions. The scientific jury’s still out.
But none have shown red raspberry leaf tea to be harmful, either.
In Australia a team of midwives conducted their own studies (one observational, one randomized). They confirmed that there are no side effects and that the women drinking the tea were less likely to require
• an artificial rupture of membranes
• a caesarean section
• forceps or vacuum birth
So, if you call it raspberry tea and your midwife says red raspberry leaf tea, you’re both talking about the most popular ingredient used in pregnancy teas today.
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Published: March 27, 2017 | Reviewed by: The Best Ever Baby Expert Team | Last reviewed: March, 2017