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November 30, 2023 5 min read


Like just about everything in life (and pregnancy), timing matters when it comes to herbal remedies like raspberry leaf tea. What we mean by that is, when you start drinking raspberry leaf tea is important for your health, wellbeing and pregnancy in general, so before you start sipping, consider our tips, guidance and wisdom when it comes to raspberry leaf tea.

Raspberry leaf tea for pregnancy


Benefits of raspberry leaf tea

With its zingy flavour, subtle sweetness and earthy undertones, there’s no denying that raspberry leaf tea is a delicious option when you are exploring the world of natural wellness – but the positives don’t end with its moreish flavour!

In fact, raspberry leaf tea benefits are far-reaching, and range from those that are relevant to both pregnancy and general health.

Benefits of Myrtle & Maude raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy

Pregnancy benefits:

1. Uterine toning

Pregnancy benefits are far-reaching when it comes to the consumption of raspberry leaf tea, but one of the most cited is that raspberry leaf tea can help to both tone and strengthen the uterine muscles. This can be beneficial because it can help to prepare a woman’s body for labour and may even contribute to more effective contractions and a shorter labour.

2. Balancing hormones

Our whole life can feel like a bit of balancing act when it comes to hormones, and whether we are dealing with skin problems or PMS, trying to balance out our hormones can always be beneficial. Some believe that raspberry leaf tea may help balance hormones during pregnancy, contributing to a smoother pregnancy and potentially easing symptoms like morning sickness (but a word of caution its not advised to drink Raspberry leaf to in the first trimester)

3. Shortening Labour Duration

Many women, and particularly those preparing for their first birth, are nervous about the duration of their labour.  Some anecdotal reports and studies have suggested that the use of raspberry leaf products might be associated with a shorter duration of the second stage of labour, however, more research is needed to establish a clear link between raspberry leaf tea and shortened labour. Some research has also revealed that consuming raspberry leaf tea can help to prevent complications during labour, including the need for forceps during delivery.

General health benefits:

1. Rich in nutrients

Raspberry leaves are a source of various nutrients, including vitamins (such as vitamin C) and minerals (such as iron, calcium, and magnesium). Extensive research has highlighted the benefits of including more vitamin C in our diets, especially thanks to its ability to reduce chronic disease and illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

2. Potential Antioxidant Properties

We know antioxidants are good for our health, but what do they do? Some compounds found in raspberry leaves, including flavonoids and tannins, have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralise free radicals in the body, which are associated with various health issues such as inflammatory disease.

3. Digestive Support

Raspberry leaf tea is sometimes used for its potential digestive benefits. It may help soothe the digestive system and alleviate symptoms like indigestion, so if you find that eating certain foods can cause an upset stomach for you, raspberry leaf tea may help to ease your discomfort. (Remember that its advised to drink Raspberry Leaf tea from 32 weeks if pregnant and not before this)when to drink raspberry leaf tea

When to start drinking raspberry leaf tea....The great thing about many natural wellness items is how quickly they can be adopted and made a part of your lifestyle, but that’s not to say that timing isn’t important when you begin new wellness rituals during pregnancy. Whether you are starting during pregnancy or for general wellness, consider our guidance when it comes to the best time to start making raspberry leaf tea a part of your routine:

During pregnancy

The best time to drink raspberry leaf tea is always when it will be safest and the most beneficial for your body. The timing for drinking raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is a subject that can vary based on the individual and healthcare provider recommendations.

Many women choose to start drinking raspberry leaf tea in the later stages of pregnancy, typically around the third trimester, which starts around week 28 of pregnancy but we would recommend to start around 32 weeks which is a common time for some women to start consuming raspberry leaf tea.

This is when the tea is believed to be most beneficial for preparing the uterus for labour. Some women choose to start with a small amount of raspberry leaf tea, perhaps one cup per day, and gradually increase the quantity as they progress through the third trimester towards their due date. This allows the body to adjust to the potential effects of the tea. It also takes a few weeks for the Raspberry Leaf to take effect.

For general wellness

If you're considering drinking raspberry leaf tea for general wellness reasons unrelated to pregnancy, the timing for starting can depend on your specific health goals and individual circumstances. Raspberry leaf tea is known for its potential health benefits, and people may consume it for reasons such as general well-being, immune support, and digestive health. 

Raspberry leaf tea can generally be consumed at any time for its potential health benefits. If you're looking to enjoy the tea for its nutrients and antioxidant properties, you can start drinking it whenever you like, but if you want to reap the benefits of this wellness powerhouse, consistency is key.

Consider starting to enjoy the drink every other day to measure the effects (both positive or negative) that it has on your body. After, increase the amount of raspberry leaf tea you consume until you are enjoying it daily, perhaps as your evening nightcap!

brewing myrtle and maude raspberry leaf tea

How to make raspberry leaf tea (Loose Leaves)

Making your perfect cup of raspberry leaf tea should be a therapeutic and relaxing experience. Once you’ve selected your leaves from a high-quality provider and boiled your water, follow these simple steps to ensure a delicious drink every time:

1. Place Raspberry Leaves in a Teapot or Infuser

2. Put the measured raspberry leaves into a teapot or a tea infuser.

3. Pour Boiling Water Over the Leaves

4. Pour the boiling water over the raspberry leaves in the teapot or infuser.

5. Allow the tea to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Steeping time can be adjusted based on personal preference for strength, so if you prefer a stronger tasting tea, consider steeping it for longer.

6. Strain the Tea

7. If you used loose leaves, strain the tea to remove the leaves before drinking. If you used a tea infuser, simply remove the infuser.

8. Optional Additions - Raspberry leaf tea is a delicious drink as is, but if you fancy a boost of flavour consider adding something a little extra to your raspberry leaf tea. Honey, maple syrup or lemon are all great options.

Precautions and side effects

Awareness of side effects is important when it comes to enjoying raspberry leaf tea safely. Be sure to always listen to your body and monitor how raspberry leaf tea consumption makes you feel, and remember to consult a medical professional when you make changes to your diet and lifestyle, especially throughout pregnancy.

Uterine Stimulation: One of the potential side effects of raspberry leaf tea is uterine stimulation. While this is often considered beneficial during labour, excessive stimulation could potentially lead to contractions at unintended times, especially if consumed in large amounts too early in pregnancy and this is the reason its advised to avoid in the first / second trimester.

Digestive Discomfort: Some individuals may experience mild digestive discomfort, such as nausea or loose stools, when consuming raspberry leaf tea. If these symptoms persist or are severe, discontinue use and consult with a healthcare provider.


Whether you enjoy raspberry leaf tea for pregnancy or general wellness, be sure to seek medical advice when you make any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle. Considering the right time and quantity for you when it comes to raspberry leaf tea will help to ensure you enjoy the drink safely and reap all the wonderful benefits of this delicious, potent wellness drink.

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