After nine months of pregnancy, many women are willing to try any safe method to induce labor. Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for thousands of years, initially being used by Native Americans to encourage healthy fertility. It has a positive effect on uterine health, and may help to induce labor if a woman is already ready to deliver.
Discuss any intention to help induce labor with your doctor before using red raspberry leaf tea to induce labor. You will need to be at least 38 weeks pregnant, with no health risks, before most doctors will even consider giving their permission.
Purchase red raspberry leaf tea at your local grocery store, health food market or other shops that sell tea. It is most commonly available in tea bags.
Drink two or three cups of red raspberry leaf tea every day once it has been approved by your doctor. This will improve the effect of any Braxton-Hicks contractions you experience, allowing each contraction to bring your body closer to being ready for labor and delivery.
Keep track of any changes. If you feel the Braxton-Hicks contractions becoming stronger, or if your doctor says that your cervix has begun to dilate or efface (thin), or if you pass your mucus plug, the tea could be working. If you have experienced no changes, try drinking more tea.
Combine drinking red raspberry leaf tea with other methods that help to induce labor, such as walking or sexual intercourse, to see the best results.