Several of my friends are expecting their first or second baby so pregnancy has been on my mind, of late. It seems like there are so many complaints from women these days about the discomforts of pregnancy, such as bad morning sickness, mood swings, backaches, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, constipation, skin discoloration and anemia and the list goes on. But what the doctors don’t tell you (but your midwife may) is that a lot of these symptoms are your body crying out for some form of nutrition.
For example, morning sickness and mood swings are often a result of unstable blood sugar or lack of vitamin B6 and will resolve themselves quickly with the proper treatment. This is why herbalists like my grandma have been recommending herbal tonics for thousands of years for women with child. These are safe herbs which improve health by balancing the body, boosting minerals and vitamins, increasing energy and improving uterine tone. The tonics indicated for pregnancy need to be used regularly; a tonic is to the cells much as exercise is to the muscles.
My favorite? Raspberry leaf tea. Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry is the most widely used and safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. It contains fragrine, an alkaloid which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus itself. This herbs is rich in vitamin C, and contains vitamin E and easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorous and potassium.
It helps increase fertility in both men and women and is wonderful when blended with Red Clover. It helps prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage postpartum. It also eases morning sickness and even reduces pain during labor and after birth by toning the muscles used during labor and delivery. It also assists in the production of plentiful breast milk. Sounds like red raspberry does it all, eh? If you’re going to incorporate it into your daily routine, its best to drink at least two cups per day for the best effects.