There are several viewpoints on Red Raspberry Leaf, its benefits and whether or not it is safe to consume at different times during pregnancy. It has long been used for a variety of medicinal benefits, including the toning and tightening of muscles in the pelvic area.
One study suggested Red Raspberry Leaf Tea may reduce the likelihood of pre- and post-term labor and another study suggested that Red Raspberry Leaf can decrease complications and interventions during birth. There is also some evidence that the tea may help to shorten labor, but these results are somewhat contradictory. However, like most herbals, there hasn’t been enough research done to say much conclusively.
It is believed that these benefits are the results of Red Raspberry Leaf strengthening the uterine walls, but this has not been proven. And it’s this potential effect of the herb on the uterus that is considered a benefit, but also where any cause for concern arises when people talk about Red Raspberry Leaf, as toning of the uterus could threaten early labor.
For this reason, conventional wisdom says to wait until the second trimester to drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea, but it is also recommended for improving chances of implantation for those trying to get pregnant. The tea is also reported to be used in the first trimester to help with morning sickness. Usually, in the first trimester, no more than one cup daily is recommended, while 2-3 cups can be recommended in the second and third trimesters.
Bear in mind that most teas contain 1500 mg per serving/cup, while our product contains 400 mg Organic Raspberry Leaf (Rubus ideaus), a much smaller dosage. The most important piece of all this is to know what the appropriate dosage is for your body and your pregnancy journey.
Ultimately, it is best to speak with your healthcare professional for their guidance on consuming Red Raspberry Leaf. The same is true before starting any supplement, especially if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Your physician or healthcare professional can help ensure that the supplement is beneficial for both you and your pregnancy.