Why I’ve been taking raspberry leaf tea & evening primrose oil

*I’m not a doctor! Make sure you speak to your doctor or midwife before trying raspberry leaf tea (rlt) or evening primrose oil (epo)*

In my mommy group some ladies mentioned raspberry leaf tea and evening primrose oil as ways to prepare your body for labor. I had never heard of such things before, so I asked my OB if they were safe. She said yes, though didn’t believe they helped to do much of anything. Still many of the moms who had used rlt and epo during previous pregnancies seemed to think it helped, so I figured I’d try them out.

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Well seeing as how I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant, I can’t say whether or not rlt and epo has helped prepare my body for labor and delivery. However, it has already been beneficial to me for two reasons:

  1. I feel like I’m doing something productive so mentally I’m in a better mood
  2. Drinking rlt on a general schedule ensures that I stay hydrated

I’ve heard that both rlt and epo take a bit of time to accumulate in your body, which is why you want to start using them about a month before delivery, rather than just taking a bunch at once at the very end. Again, make sure you get approval from your doctor or midwife first before trying any of this out.

I feel like changes have been happening in terms of contractions and the way my cervix feels, but my OB hasn’t checked on effacement or dilation yet, so I really have no idea if I’m making any progress. Also, this could just be a normal part of pregnancy and have zero to do with the rlt and epo, but again, it makes me feel better. It may be a placebo effect, but it is still an effect of some kind!

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