My Pregnancy/Postpartum Tea
•Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus ideaus)
•Nettle leaf (Urtica dioca)
•Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
•Rose buds (Rosa damascena)
This blend is SUPER nutritious and mineralizing while performing the key action of tonifying the uterus, key in pregnancy. I began drinking this blend in the second trimester, but now that I’m officially in the third, I will be going full force 2-3 cups a day. Why? I want my uterus to handle childbirth like an absolute champion and also, for it to effectively repair postpartum. Yes, this blend doubles as a postpartum tea; aiding in the healing process and many the changes that occur during this time. Here’s the full scoop!
RED RASPBERRY LEAF
Yes, the magical uterine tonic in this blend is red raspberry leaf. While performing other actions in the body, specifically on the gut, this herb’s special affinity is for the uterus. It’s actions in relation to pregnancy/labour/post partum include:
•Partus Preparator -The tonifying action on the uterine tissue prepares the uterus for labour.
•Parturafacient -When used during labour, this plant aids in the process, assisting in contractions and also regulating haemorrhage.
•Uterine Tonic -Raspberry leaf has an affinity for the uterus, so when it enters the body its gently astringent action goes to work on this tissue specifically, strengthening it over time. This action also makes this plant extremely helpful for restoring the uterus postpartum.
•Galactogogue -This herb stimulates the production and flow of breastmilk.
*Red raspberry leaf should not be used in the first trimester.
Nettle is the perfect nutrient-rich herb for this blend; it’s naturally high in IRON as well as other vitamins and minerals. In the third trimester it can be very difficult to keep iron levels up as the little babe tends to steal what it needs (which is a lot in the third trimester) from momma. It helps that nettle leaf also contains Vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron. As well as Red Raspberry, nettle is also a galactogogue, stimulating the flow of breastmilk. Nettle is very revitalizing and restorative during the pregnancy and postpartum period.
Oatstraw is a gentle nervine tonic herb that is safe to use in pregnancy. A nervine herb works on the tissues of the nervous system. While all herbs work in different ways, Oatstraw is a relaxing, restorative and uplifting nervine. Often used as a mild anti-depressant, Oatstraw can help restore energy levels and mood when the nervous system becomes depleted.
I feel it’s incredibly important to include a nervine tonic in this formula. Often times new mommas are going through A LOT of changes that can bring forth feelings of stress or anxiety. In the final months before the baby comes, fatigue and overwhelm can commence, taxing our nervous systems and causing unwanted stress chemicals to course through our bodies. These molecules of stress do affect our babies in the womb, so we must do what we can to minimize stress and deeply care for ourselves.
After birth, there is often a period of the ‘baby blues’, if not a full on case of postpartum depression. While SO many factors play a role in this and it is completely individual, tonifying and nourishing the tissues of our nervous system will help our bodies to adapt to periods of stress, depletion and sleeplessness.
This tea is alllllllll about deeply caring for ourselves throughout the process of pregnancy and postpartum. The rose is to add a little bit of vibrancy and love to the blend.
There are not a lot of herbs that are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, all herbs should be avoided in the first trimester as much as possible. Speak to a herbalist if you are considering taking herbs during pregnancy.