Raspberry Leaf Tea & Birth Preparation

Pregnant woman enjoying a cup of The Final Push raspberry leaf tea as part of her birth preparation through pregnancy

A quick google will tell you that raspberry leaf tea can strengthen your uterus, make contractions more effective and lead to a quick and easy labour.

We’re always sceptical of such miraculous statements, as even the shortest of labours is painful (sorry to break it to you) and no herbal tea can make it a walk in the park – we’d recommend hypnobirth or extremely heavy anaesthetics to help on that front.


The Final Push – raspberry leaf and peppermint

However, raspberry leaves have been used for millennia by women to support them in the final stages of their pregnancy and there are scientific studies that suggest it has a positive effect on labour.  The most comprehensive research that we have seen (Holst, L., S. Haavik, et al. (2009). “Raspberry leaf – Should it be recommended to pregnant women?” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 15(4): 204-208.) looked at 6 different studies and showed that despite mixed results, lab research showed that raspberry leaf tea helped facilitate more rhythmic contractions in uterine tissue but also showed conflicted toning and relaxing effects.  The five clinical studies did not reveal any strong effects of the elixir (positive or negative) in humans.

All studies seem to have this mixed effect, with lab tests showing great results and human trials being unclear.  A fantastic article by midwife Sarah Wickham, does a great job of explaining why the research isn’t clear on raspberry leaf tea http://www.sarawickham.com/questions-and-answers/whats-the-evidence-for-raspberry-leaf-tea/

However, in our opinion (which is not medical), it’s got to be worth a shot. But given the effectiveness of the leaf in lab tests, please do not drink this tea before you are 32 weeks pregnant.  If it does have a strong impact, you want this to happen at a safe time in your pregnancy.

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Comments

Bethan July 15 2022

Hi Sophie, apologies for the late reply as we only just saw your message – it is 40% raspberry leaf! It’s only on the FAQs on the product, so we’ll update this so it’s more obvious, and we have updated the packaging to show this too – currently the new packaging is only in Holland & Barrett but it will be every where soon!

Sophie July 15 2022

I have just ordered this product and it tastes lovely, mainly of mint. I can’t seem to find any information on the quantity of mint and/or raspberry leaf actually contained within the product, what is the percentage of each herb? This is not labelled on the package or on this site with information about the product which I find strange. Please advise ?? Thank you.

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