Monday, February 18, 2008

new induction date

We have a new induction date of Feb 28th. Which means she'll be *gasp* a Leap Year Baby! It won't be finalized until this Thursday, but we're 99% sure this is what will happen unless I go into labor myself before hand.

I'll be drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea from now until Feb 28th. I'm not confident it will do anything, but I'm willing to do anything that will help the doctors induction go as smoothly as possible but it was recommended to me by a midwife so cross your fingers!

In a study carried out in Sydney, Australia, 192 first-time mums were given at random either a 1.2g raspberry leaf tablet or a placebo twice a day from 32 weeks of pregnancy. The herb had no harmful effects on mother or baby, and those women who had taken raspberry leaf tablets were found to have a shorter second stage of labour and a lower rate of forceps delivery (19.3% versus 30.4%).
What does Red Raspberry Leaf Do? Red Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions.It is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm...Interesting. Is it good? I will have to check it out...ooooh i'm so excited for you!!!