Birds & Bees Teas
|September 24, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under GIveaway, Pregnancy|
One of the things I did when I was pregnant with Emmalyne to prepare for child birth was drink red raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester per my midwife’s suggestion. Red raspberry leaf tea has long been thought to help tone the uterus so that it contracts more efficiently during labor. Now that I am 30 weeks pregnant, I am ready to start again. So when I had the opportunity to try out the Birds & Bees Ripe and Ready Tea this time around I jumped at it!
The “Ripe and Ready” tea is made of a mixture of red raspberry leaf, hibiscus petals, rose petals, cinnamon bark, allspice berries, and crystallized pineapple. How pretty does this look?
The tea itself came with a mesh bag for steeping if you don’t have a tea steeper or French press. It’s super simple – 1 tablespoon of leaves per 8oz 0f water. Let it steep for 15 (or more) minutes and enjoy!
I actually really like the tea iced so when I brew it I put it into the refrigerator and let it cool down. Right now I am drinking about 12oz a day. Once I reach full term I will probably start drinking closer to 3 cups a day.
Some potential benefits of drinking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy:
- Boost expecting mom’s immune system
- May make contractions more effective
- May decrease need for interventions during labor
- Can help with milk production and regulation of postpartum hormones
Birds & Bees Teas also offers other teas for different aspects of pregnancy.
- Peaceful Pregnancy™
- Easy Naps & Calm Nights™
- Family Immunity™
- Ripe & Ready™
- Our Lady of La Leche™
Birds & Bees Teas wants one lucky reader of FFF to try their teas too! Enter to win a tin of the tea of your choice via the Rafflecopter widget below.
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My OB felt fine with my starting my tea again at 29-30 weeks pregnant. ALWAYS check with your healthcare provider before taking any medications or herbs while pregnant to make sure they are safe for you!
Disclosure: I received the tea free of charge to try out but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.