My name is Nathalie and I just found out that I am pregnant and due in early January with my third child. My last delivery ended in a C-section because my son was OP, so I am really hoping for a VBAC this time around. My first was a vaginal delivery with epidural and although the recovery was a breeze, my son's shoulders got stuck on the way out and I strongly suspect it was because they had me lying almost flat on my back while pushing. I have done so much research since my C-section and I feel a lot more informed this time around. I really want to go natural. No epidural, no drugs of any kind.
During my first pregnancy, I developed Pre-Eclampsia in the third trimester. I did not get it during my second pregnancy, and I really want to do everything possible to avoid it again during this one. My Naturopath suggested eating lots of protein, taking a B-Complex vitamin high in B6 and drinking Raspberry Leaf and Nettle teas. I picked up some Raspberry Leaf tea today, but I am not sure wether or not I should start taking it right away. I have read conflicting information on it. Some say it's not safe to drink until the last trimester and others say it is safe to drink 1 cup a day through the first two trimesters and then increase it during the last. Has anyone taken Raspberry Leaf tea throughout their entire pregnancy ? If not, when did you start ? I will be calling the Naturopath on Monday to ask her about it, but I was hoping someone on here might have some experience they could offer.