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Red Raspberry Eases Pregnancy

Red Raspberry Eases Pregnancy

Saturday, March 22nd 2003

Herbalists often recommend that pregnant women use Red Raspberry leaves as a uterine tonic to promote shorter and easier labour. To determine its effectiveness, the Holistic Nurses Association of New South Wales, Australia had nearly 200 women take 4,800 mg daily from the time they were eight months pregnant until labour. Red Raspberry leaf did not shorten the first stage of labour but the second stage was almost ten minutes shorter compared to a control group. Women taking Red Raspberry leaves also had fewer forceps deliveries (19.3 percent versus 30.4 percent), and there were no adverse effects in the women or their babies.

Simpson M, et al Raspberry leaf in pregnancy; its safety and efficacy in labour. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health 2001, 46(2); 51-59

Reproduced unabridged from the February/ March 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for motherhood:

5-W
Blessed Thistle
Efanatal
Fully Active Folate
Eczema Shield
Inner Health Plus
Lucas Papaw Ointment
Maternity Triple Pack
Milk Flow
Mineral Power
Multi-Vite
Nursing Tea
Pregnancy Tea
Pregnancy Support
Prenantal Nutrients
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red Raspberry

Related health information can be found here:

Breast Feeding
Calcium Deficiency
Childbirth
Labour
Magnesium
Morning Sickness
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Nutrients
Stretch Marks
Water Retention

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