Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tea is high in calcium and magnesium, it stimulates the release of oxytocin and strengthens the uterine muscles in preparation for labour. Rubus belongs to a group of herbs known as Partus preparators (partus meaning ‘labour’ and preparators meaning ‘preparatory’). These herbs have historically been used in increasing doses from the 34th week of pregnancy to prepare for labour and birth, support postnatal recovery, encourage a good milk supply in the early postnatal period and help the uterus to return to its normal size after birth.
Often included in a partus preparator blends are other herbs that help to reduce stress and anxiety and that are high in iron. It is important that you consult with a naturopath before taking any herbs in pregnancy; they will advise you on the most appropriate product and the dose required to get the best results for you.
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