Most mums-to-be get restless and are more than ready to get on with the big event once their baby has been carried for the full term. But many babies, particularly the first born, aren’t in any hurry to leave their comfortable womb.
When the due date has been, and gone, chatter on baby club forums and among pregnant friends often turns to suggestions on how to give baby a little nudge along.
Hot curries, hot sex and car journeys over bumpy roads are well-tried methods which may or may not work!
Raspberry leaf tea, also called red raspberry leaf tea, is another suggestion that is often bandied about.
Raspberry leaf tea is not a modern idea; it has been around for hundreds of years and was often tried out as a means to trigger a miscarriage when the pregnancy was not wanted.
But the claim that it can help to promote labour is not medically proven and therefore it is extremely unlikely that your healthcare team will recommend its use.
Scientific studies that have been done into the effects of raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy have produced conflicting results and more information is needed to determine whether the tea could cause harm to babies, or whether it is safe to take during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
It is not recommended that you take raspberry tea during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This is especially important if any of the following apply to you: