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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Beverages For Labor and Birth

Laboring women get thirsty. So while you are at it, why not drink things that will help you? I researched the ideal labor drinks and this is what I came up with:

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Red Raspberry Leaf Infusion
Red Rasperry Leaf is a strong uterine tonic and helps keep the uterus working strongly. It will help you deliver the placenta if drunk throughout labor.

Nettle tea
Nettle tea serves to prevent postpartum hemorrhage. It is most effective if you drink it throughout your pregnancy.
Both raspberry leaf and nettle promote the supply of breastmilk, so if you drink these throughout labor, your baby will quickly have access to the liquid gold.

Chamomille infusion
Chamomille eases labor pains and relieves tension.

How to prepare
Use one ounce of dried leaves for a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the leaves and stir in honey (or the sweetener of your choice. Bare in mind that you will need the energy of a good quality sweetener during your labor.) Let steep for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. Put in the fridge once cooled.
You can reheat and drink as a tea, or drink cold. A good idea is to freeze a part and stir it every hour, in order to create ice chips, which will offer some welcome relief and refreshment.
I recommend making the infusions at the onset of labor, not only is it a good activity to keep your mind busy, it will also give you a relaxing cup of tea once the infusion is set. Tell your birth partner to reheat once the baby is born, as you might like a warm drink at this time. You’ll probably be thirsty and the warm infusion will make you feel more comfortable as the adrenaline levels drop. It may even prevent the afterbirth shivers when combined with a warm blanket and well-heated room.

I prepared a mixed infusion of all three herbs to drink throughout labour, sweetened with honey. Not only was it delicious, but it also really drenched my thirst. I delivered the placenta one hour after Little Buddha was born and had no hemorrhaging issues whatsoever. Contractions were really easy up until my water broke (by then I also stopped drinking, because I was working too hard).



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