Homemade Pregnancy Tea

img_5250Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Brewed as a tea it is the best known, most widely used, and safest of all uterine/pregnancy tonics. It tones the muscles of the pelvic region. It also contains vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorus and potassium. It can increase fertility, prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage, ease morning sickness, reduce pain during and after birth, and also increase milk supply.

For a delightful and frugal homemade pregnancy tea, try this simple recipe:

Fill a quart size glass jar with boiling water and 1 ounce  (which is approx. 2 handfuls) of red raspberry leaf. Cover and allow to steep for 4 hours. Strain the leaves, sweeten as desired, and enjoy! Refrigerate the remaining tea for future use. Recommended dosage is usually 2-3 cups per day.

Another helpful herb that you can add to the above combination or to alternative with would be nettle leaves. It is known to have more chlorophyll than any other herb. The list of vitamins and minerals in this herb includes nearly every one known to be necessary for human health and growth. Nettle is beneficial in aiding the functionality of the kidneys,¬† nourishing mother and fetus, easing leg cramps and other muscles spasms, preventing hemorrhage after birth and reducing hemorrhoids, in addition to increasing the richness and amount of breast milk. According to the Wise Woman Herbal, “some pregnancy women alternate weeks of nettle and raspberry leaf brews; others drink Raspberry until the last month and then switch to Nettles to insure large amounts of vitamin K in the blood for the birth.” Nettle leaves can be brewed in the same manner as raspberry leaf described above or try a combination of 1 handful nettle and 1 handful raspberry leaf.

You can find quality organic red raspberry leaf and nettle leaf in bulk through Mountain Rose Herbs.

It works for me!

Thanks to my friend Mandy, and the excellent resource of Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed. This book has some wonderful ideas for all natural brews and remedies for pregnancy issues, before and after, and natural remedies for infant related problems.

Other Homemade Varieties:

Tammy’s Pregnancy Tea

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

36 Responses to Homemade Pregnancy Tea

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  2. Ashley October 26, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I am discouraged by how expensive this actually seems! If I get 8 oz of both RRL and nettles from Mountain Rose Herbs, that is $10 and shipping is $10. That will make approx. 16 mason jars (right?) of tea for $20. But I can buy Traditional Medicinals organic red raspberry leaf tea for about $4 for a box of 16 RRL tea bags…so I feel like making it myself doesn’t save me any money. Am I doing my math wrong?

    • Lindsay October 28, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      8 oz is a lot more than you realize since herbs are really light. This will certainly be cheaper.

    • crystal November 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      the other thing you want to keep in mind is that brewing a tea and making an infusion are like oranges and cows. two different things.
      teas made with rrl and nettles from traditional med is like a nice beverage as susan weed puts it.
      but an infusion serves to break down the tough cellulose of plant and release the nutrients in order to benefit the most from it.
      so while you can sip on your beverage it would be worth your time to swallow your infusion instead.
      infusion means to brew for 4-10 hours per susan weed who is the expert that i got the info from :)

  3. Vanessa March 30, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Just wanted to comment on the RRL/miscarriage questions. I’ve researched this a lot, since I am interested in herbal remedies and also have had several miscarriages (not related to RRL tea). Although there is a lot of conflicting info out there, the most reliable info seems to be this: RRL does not CAUSE miscarriages, but can cause uterine contractions (similar to the benign/toning contractions caused by sex, exams, over-exertion, or normal exercise), so if you are beginning to miscarry anyway, it may expedite the process. Even though I have had multiple miscarriages (and I believe that each of those was a tiny, precious, human being– so I don’t take them lightly), I would not hesitate to drink RRL tea during pregnancy, unless I was concerned about miscarriage and already cramping early in pregnancy but not yet bleeding. Just my 2 cents, because I have given this issue a lot of attention over the past several years!

    • Carmen May 9, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      Vanessa, I have learned over the years that my miscarriages were caused by low progesterone hormone.

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  5. Debra Worth @ Happy To Be Home October 4, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    I thought raspberry tea increased the chances of miscarriages early on.

  6. s July 7, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    I read that American red raspberry leaf is ok, but other types are known to produce miscarriages. How confusing!

    • Laura September 19, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      I think Shonda Parker said it’s only the Rubeus Idaeus (sp?), not the wild raspberry leaf, and only if you’ve had a prob with miscarriage.

  7. Victoria June 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    From what I’ve gathered from my past two pregnancies, red raspberry leaf can cause miscarriages, but only in women who are sensitive to it (that is, both miscarriages AND red raspberry leaf). You won’t know until you try it (unfortunately). I took red raspberry leaf through both pregnancies–the first was late but healthy and the second one I lost before 7 weeks. So there you have it, absolutely no definitive proof either way! I’d suggest NOT using it during the 1st and 2nd trimesters of 1st pregnancies or if you’ve ever had a miscarriage (that you noticed–most go unnoticed). If you’ve been drinking the tea or taking supplements with red raspberry leaf in it (CAREFUL, lots of ‘whole food’ prenatal and women’s supplements contain it–along with ‘morning sickness magic’!) before you even got pregnant, you’ll probably be ‘used’ to it. It would make sense that suddenly taking it during the 1st trimester might possibly cause a miscarriage (if you’re prone to that sort of thing), but of course the miscarriage you have would have probably have been imminent anyway…. In the end, it’s a personal choice that you have to make.

    Also, consider the source of the information you’re getting on red raspberry leaf. If an M.D. says “it causes miscarriages!” but the naturopath says “it NEVER causes miscarriages!” then obviously you’re up against philosophies, not necessarily evidence that either theory is true. Until the medical community knows more about the causes of miscarriage (beyond blighted ovum and such) we just aren’t going to know for sure.

    • Carmen May 9, 2012 at 7:19 am #

      My midwife recommended to me a pregnancy tea of 3 Tbs. of raspberry leaf, 2 tbs alfalfa and 1 tbs of nettle, you put it in a coffee filter tied with a twistie tie and then steep it for an hour or more and then add it to a gallon container and fill with water to make the complete gallon. Refridgerate and drink every day. I think I drank 16 oz a day. . I had a great pregnancy and it also helped greatly with my constipation.

      Look up online herb stores and buy in bulk very cheap, much cheaper than the health food stores. Lord bless you!

  8. Soccy June 11, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    Have you tried making Mother’s Milk Tea to stimulate milk production? I’d like to make my own but can’t find a good recipe.

    Thanks

    • Lindsay June 16, 2009 at 7:07 am #

      I am in the process of coming up with a good recipe for mother’s milk tea. Check out Kimi’s post here for ideas. I will definitely share my concoction when I have completed it!

  9. Rachael April 22, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    I am drinking my RR leaf tea every day and am 36 weeks pregnant. Hoping for a good VBAC!

  10. Arlie February 7, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    I am going to go to my food coop in a neaby town and buy some of their bulk red raspberry leaf today or tomorrow. Also, I just ordered your recommended book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year from paperbackswap.com Thanks for the tips!

  11. Mrs. Parunak February 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Oh yes, red raspberry leaf and nettles. Sigh. I am nearly six months pregnant (planning for my fourth homebirth), and I MUST start drinking this again. I just really, really don’t like tea. BUT you certainly did inspire me with your list of all the good things it does. Time to get disciplined and do what’s best for the baby!

  12. Michele @ Frugal Granola February 3, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Hi, Lindsay,
    My midwives mentioned to me (while instructing me how to make this same tea!), that after steeping the tea in the quart jar, that it should be used within 2 days. They said that after that time, the herbal potency starts to diminish, losing some of its benefits. (But that shouldn’t be hard to do- it’s delicious!) :) They also suggested the addition of rose hips and lemon balm to the RRL & nettle mixture.

    Blessings,
    Michele

  13. Sarah B. January 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    While the use of RRL tea (and other herbs) is very beneficial during pregnancy and birth, please note that nettle is a diuretic. Any diurectic, whether it’s a prescription drug or an herb, can be detrimental to the mother. The pregnant woman’s body is designed to more than double her blood volume before birth and any significant drop in her blood volume can lead to a hormonal chain reaction to reverse the fluid loss, which can cause high BP, pre-eclampsia, toxemia and HELLP syndrome. This is backed up by the extensive research done by Dr. Tom Brewer and is well-documented here (along with an extensive bibliography):

    http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/id86.html

    Just thought I’d pass this along.

  14. Organizing MOmmy (Jena) January 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Yes, I drank that when I was expecting. We added peppermint to it also–seemed to give it a better flavor.

  15. Katie Rose January 29, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    I love this stuff. I think it helped me a great deal with my pregnancy with Greta. I put nettles and alfalfa in mine too, and I think the combination helped prevent a lot of common (but unpleasant) pregnancy symptoms. I also had a very fast and smooth natural labor. I was always bad about remembering to make it though, so my mama and man would always ask, “Did you drink your Rubus?” ;) I drank it the whole pregnancy. I believe we got our herbs from Bulk Herb Store.

  16. Jessie January 29, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    I looked through an excerpt from the book you suggested above. It talks about Red Clover for fertility…I then went to the bulk herb website to see if they carried it. They suggest not to drink it while pregnant. Do you know much about that? I wouldn’t mind using it before I’m pregnant….but I also want to be cautious.

  17. Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio January 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    I am a big believer in RRL tea. I used it for the last 3 pregnancies and it helps with morning sickness and also blessed me with natural home births. I got mine from Compleat Mother magazine.

  18. Sabrina January 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    I drank this tea from week 32 until I delivered my daughter. I had an amazing labour and delivery! Only 6 1/2 hours between the time by water broke and the time my little baby was born. I believe it was in large part because of this tea

  19. Wendy January 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    I looked on Amazon about that book you mentioned & it has a little blurb saying the author’s new age spirituality…just wondering if you’ve read it & if you found it to be new agey…I am very careful to what I read. Also, I used raspberry leaf tea to bring on contractions in my last month & it worked…is it really safe to use the entire pregnancy? Won’t it bring on pre-term labor?

    • Lindsay January 29, 2009 at 10:01 am #

      I borrowed my copy from a friend and she tore out one page (page 11/12) that seemed to be inappropriate or strange as far as the new agey philosophy, but other than that, I have not noticed anything else strange in the contents. The remaining sections are very useful and well worth the purchase I believe. Everything I have read leads me to believe that in moderation, RRL is perfectly safe during all stages of pregnancy, but I would definitely recommend you discuss it with your doctor/midwife. This book says it helps prevent miscarriage and such. In the early stages of pregnancy, I would be wise and not take more than 1 cup per day or every few days. My midwife doesn’t believe there should be any issues with it.

      • Bridie February 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

        Its a big no-no here to drink raspberry leaf tea before your third trimester. We get warned by our docs and midwives that it can actually cause miscarriages and that you shouldn’t start drinking it til you’re past 32 weeks. Even New Zealand authored books back it up.
        Not sure why theres a such a difference in information but maybe worth checking into if you’re concerned.

        • Lindsay February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

          It really does depend upon your source of information. I have read both sides of the story. This particular book shared from above shared that it helps prevent miscarriage and the like. I think it is wise to talk with your own doctor/midwife and make the best decision for yourself.

  20. Shannon January 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    Where would I buy the red raspberry leaf?

    • Lindsay January 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

      Follow the link above to Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the best quality that I am aware of, but if they are out, you can try Bulk Herb Store

  21. Vehement Flame January 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    I loved my pregnancy tea our midwives supplied us with- the main ingredient was red rasberry leaf but the also put in nettles, alfalfa, citrus peel, and some other goodies I can’t remember. Now that I’m nursing I drink fennel tea…

  22. Andrea January 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    That’s a good idea. I wish I had thought of getting bulk herbs earlier, but I’ve been drinking the organic pregnancy tea from the grocery store this pregnancy. I also was able to get a huge stash of Mother’s Milk tea and supliments off of Craigslist for $20, so I probably won’t be doing this until next time, but I’ll have to remember this method and source. Thanks.

  23. Carrie Smyth January 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    What a blessing herbal tea is! I have enjoyed red raspberry leaf tea for all three of my pregnancies. God has created all that our bodies need for all seasons of life and it’s exciting to learn more about His amazing handiwork. Thanks for sharing your experience. May the Lord bless your delivery.

  24. Kristin Baxter January 28, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    What do you use to sweeten your tea? Being from the south, I love iced tea–the sweeter the better–but I’m not sure how to sweeten raspberry leaf tea.

    • Lindsay January 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

      I just sweeten with honey and/or stevia. Easiest to sweeten prior to steeping so the honey dissolves well in the hot water, but I have done it both ways.

  25. Emily January 28, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    I just made myself some yesterday! Thanks for all the information on it, though. I just knew it was good for me but didn’t really know what all the good stuff did:-) I’m due 3/9 and just started taking the Dr. Christopher’s Pre-natals per your suggestion on Monday! I hoping for a much shorter, easier delivery this time around! Thanks for the useful info!