Cramping with Raspberry leaf tea
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Cramping with Raspberry leaf tea

  1. #1
    Mega Poster
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    with my family
    Posts
    3,792

    Default Cramping with Raspberry leaf tea

    Hi everyone, I was just wondering for those of you who have taken Raspberry leaf tea, is it normal to cramp when you first start taking it ? I tried a few times to take it during the first trimester but it made me cramp so I decided to wait until the second trimester to try again. I've been taking it for about a week now, and I've been having a lot of AF type cramping and lower back pain. Is this normal ? Will it eventually stop as my body gets used to it ?
    Nathalie




  2. #2
    Posting Addict Chimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    35,449

    Default

    How much are you drinking each day & do you have a history of PTL?

    It's possible that if you continue to drink the tea that your uterus will calm down. Even though RRLT is not a emmenagogue or oxytocic herb I am still careful with it's use by always starting out small & with weak tea when I begin drinking it - gradually increasing amount & strength. It's a uterine tonic in that it helps tone your uterine muscles by having them contract slightly (this is where the conflict of how it works comes in, some say it doesn't cause the uterus to contract due to the herb not being oxytocic like blue cohosh - yet it tones, so HOW is it toning and why does it cause so many women to cramp - my conclusion is that the uterus does contract slightly & by doing so it is strengthened & thus more tone - but your not contracting in the same way or strength that you would be while in labor - confusing? Yeah, it kinda is) , so having some cramping/low back pain can be normal - a lot of women experience both symptoms when they begin drinking the tea & is also why some wont drink it during the 1st trimester.
    Last edited by Chimmy; 07-08-2011 at 11:38 AM.
    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



  3. #3
    Mega Poster
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    with my family
    Posts
    3,792

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Chimmy View Post
    How much are you drinking each day & do you have a history of PTL?
    No history whatsoever of PTL. I've only been drinking 1 cup a day but I have been letting the tea bag steep for 10 min. in the water before drinking it. I think I'll try making it a little weaker for now to see if that helps. Thanks so much for all the great info.
    Nathalie




  4. #4
    Posting Addict Chimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    35,449

    Default

    Your welcome Hopefully your body will get used to it, so you can continue drinking it as it really does have a lot of great benefits ~ and if not there are always other alternatives
    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



  5. #5
    Mega Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    2,770

    Default

    A friend had the same problem when she started drinking it. She started out drinking four cups a day and then stopped cold turkey because it gave her strong BHs. I've never had a problem with it, but I just take the pills(not a tea drinker at all) and I've read they aren't as well absorbed. So unless I started out taking a huge dose, I doubt it'd have that effect. You might consider taking the pills if you continue having issues and then switching over to the tea as you get closer?
    Beth

  6. #6
    Posting Addict TyrantOfTheWeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Way down yonder kinda close to the Chattahoochee
    Posts
    7,628

    Default

    I do RRL tincture 2x/day and up until like 2 days ago, I got AFish type cramps within half hour of taking it. I'd say it is just your uterus toning and as long as you aren't bleeding or anything, it is normal.

    Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
    Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09

  7. #7
    Mega Poster
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    with my family
    Posts
    3,792

    Default

    Thanks again Ladies. I shortened the steeping time to 5 min. and the cramps went away. I made it a little stronger last night (steeping it for 7 min) and again, no problems. I think I'll give it a few more days and then I'll try steeping it for 10 min again. I guess I just needed to start slowly so my body could adapt to it.

    Thanks Julia for giving me the idea to make the tea weaker. I hadn't even thought of it.
    Nathalie




+ Reply to Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
v -->

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Sitemap | Terms & Conditions