Today, we welcome Bambi of Nursery of the Nation:
My precious baby is less than three months old, so pregnancy is still fresh on my mind.
I love discovering ways to help our bodies work the way God intended them to work, utilizing diet changes, herbs and supplements when possible. And even though this birth providentially ended in a surprise C-Section, I hope and pray that if the Lord blesses us with more children in the future, I will again have a natural delivery.
The Lord has blessed me with eight children, yet prior to my last birth I had only drunk Red Raspberry tea faithfully during one of my pregnancies. It was the only delivery I’ve had with almost no bleeding. And although I didn’t realize it at the time because it was my very first labor and delivery without drugs, it was a less painful delivery too. And should I even mention the fact that I delivered one week ahead of my due date? (And all the pregnant ladies collectively leave for the health food store before they even finish reading…)
For some reason I had forgotten all that (Mommy brain. Things easily fall off the edges), and then I was re-inspired to use it again after reading many testimonies of the effects of red raspberry during labor and delivery. I then became diligent about consuming it during my third trimester. Many ladies had testified of “easy” deliveries and made quite a connection to red raspberry intake and the quick and simple delivery of the baby. Suddenly my own experience with red raspberry came back to me. Why hadn’t I been utilizing such a great herb?
So I first ordered several bags of fresh crushed leaves from The Bulk Herb Store. I brewed it in my coffee pot and made it quite strong. Around 32 weeks I began drinking the strong tea, several glasses per day.
The last six weeks of my pregnancy I began taking the red raspberry in capsule form as well, along with Group B Strep prevention supplements. Each week I steadily increased the amount of capsules I was taking until I was taking 6 per day.
Benefit of Red Raspberry During Pregnancy:
~Gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself
~Reduces pain during labor and after the birth (Hello? I’m all about this one)
~Rich concentration of Vitamin C, E, and (the easily assimilated) calcium and iron
~Contains many minerals, including phosphorus and potassium
~Sucking on ice cubes made from frozen red raspberry while in labor has been said to keep contractions steady and effective as well as facilitate delivering the placenta
Benefits of Red Raspberry Before and After Pregnancy:
~Increases fertility, especially if combined with Red Clover
~Tones the uterus, helps prevent miscarriage as well as postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or “atonic” uterus
~Some women attest to relief of morning sickness
~Because of the high mineral content, red raspberry leaf can assist in plentiful breast milk production
~Is said to reduce menstrual cramps in all women of childbearing age
So now that my pregnancy is over, you want to know if the red raspberry actually did all those things, right? Did I really have less pain and was my labor shorter as others have attested? I cannot fully tell because of the outcome. However, I did deliver two weeks early and that has never happened.
I went into natural labor and was in so little pain that I was unsure for quite awhile if it was labor at all. Yet when I was evaluated I had already made it to 6cm. Only a few hours prior to that did I begin to even suspect I could be in labor. And friends, this ain’t my first rodeo. I like to think, with seven previous deliveries, that I am well acquainted with what labor feels like.
Yes, I do think the red raspberry helped a lot and I am encouraging my sister, who is pregnant with her first baby, to use it as well.
Have you ever used Red Raspberry during pregnancy or any other time?
Did you find that it made a difference in how you felt or in the outcome of labor and delivery?———————–
Bambi is a simultaneous Saint and sinner, undeserving of God’s mercy. She’s been a helpmeet to her middle-school crush for 17 years now, and together with the Lord’s help, they are raising eight arrows for Jesus. As a family, they spend their days raising dairy goats, changing diapers for the glory of God, and reading lots of good books! Bambi writes about marriage, motherhood and family discipleship on her blog, In the Nursery of the Nation.