written by Tracy Sitchen
Pregnancy may be one of the most wonderful times in a woman's life, but it's also bound to be one of the most uncomfortable times in her life, as well. Nausea, back aches, mood swings, fatigue, headaches -- they are just a few of the many joys of creating life. Unfortunately, many traditional remedies are off limits during pregnancy: You can't load up on caffeine to stay awake or pop a ton of ibuprofen to help with the aches. Fortunately, there are some great natural remedies.
Red raspberry leaf has long been known as a natural remedy for pregnancy -- both to help relieve symptoms and to help with childbirth.
Red raspberry leaf is available to drink as a tea, or to take as a tincture or tablet. During early pregnancy, taking red raspberry leaf can help with easing nausea and providing pain relief. Later in pregnancy, it is reported to have even more benefits:
· Strengthens the uterine wall
· Relaxes smooth muscles, helping with contractions
· Speeds delivery
· Helps expel the placenta
· Decreases labor pains
· Reduces complications during labor, such as hemorrhaging
Because the herb is reported to act as a uterine tonic, it works to strengthen the uterine muscles. Therefore, it is reported to also help reduce the risk of miscarriage, improve fertility outcomes, and help to restore the reproductive system after child birth.
Long after pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is said to help increase milk production during breastfeeding and to enrich breast milk.
There haven't been any studies to confirm the beneficial claims of red raspberry leaf, but women have long sworn by its properties as an herbal remedy. Most experts tend to agree that its benefits likely derive from the rich combination of vitamins and minerals that it contains, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin A, B vitamins, and Fragrine, an alkaloid that is credited with helping to strengthen the uterus.
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Of course, precautions should be taken when using any herb. Some have suggested that red raspberry leaf is not safe to use during the first trimester, when the developing fetus is at a delicate stage. Others suggest that it is only safe to take in the last few weeks of pregnancy in preparation for labor.
Talk to your doctor or practitioner about your desire to use red raspberry leaf to ensure that it is right for your unique health needs.
About the author
Tracy Sitchen is a veteran coupon clipper, stay at home, and aspiring writer. While she loves shopping, she loves the chase of the deal even more! She’s recently been writing about kalahari sandusky coupons along with borics coupons over at her blog where she shares deals and discounts to help every day people save money.
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