Have you ever wondered how you can give your uterus a good workout to prep for childbirth? How could a uterus even pump iron? It's not like there are W.O.D's for your uterus???
There is a way to help your uterus have effective contractions! Yep, that's right! Have you ever heard of Red Raspberry Leaf tea? Herbs are quite powerful and can have both positive (and negative) impacts on pregnancy. It is always wise to confer with an herbalist or naturopath regarding any herbal supplements that you would like to consume. But Red Raspberry Leaf tea is one of the few teas that are actually recommended before, during and after pregnancy!
What's special about Red Raspberry Leaf is it is a uterine toner and when consumed it will help you have effective contractions. It won't put you in to early labour, but will help ensure that when your uterus is doing what it does best, it's doing it well! It is also considered to help improve sleep during pregnancy, nausea and leg cramps because of it's high concentration of magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins.
Just as Red Raspberry tea helps us during labour, it also helps us in those early postpartum days as our uterus tries to contract down to it's original size.
Some other teas that have benefits for you and babe include:
Dandelion leaf tea helps minimize jaundice in babe.
Nettle Leaf tea which is high in iron, calcium, vitamin K, and folic acid. Vitamin K helps with postpartum bleeding, and folic acid, as we know from our prenatal vitamins, is vital to our little one prenatally.
Milk Thistle tea a great liver detoxifier, and has been shown to increase breast milk, and is also known to interfere with prostate, breast, and endocervical cancer cell growth.
Fenugreek tea is one of the most common herbs known to help increase breast milk supply. However, it is known to stimulate the uterus and is not recommended prenatally.
As mentioned earlier, it is important to discuss the use of herbs with your chosen health care provider both prenatally and postpartum.
And when you're ready to get your uterus to the 'gym' with a cup of warm tea, you can channel Hans and Franz (this is a special treat for those of you who grew up in the 70s/80s and would stay up late as a kid just to watch Saturday Night Live)!