Every pregnant woman needs a well toned uterus for a healthy pregnancy and safe natural delivery, and there are several well known herbs that have the ability to effectively provide all the goodness needed.
Red Raspberry – Gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region as well as the uterus. It is rich in Vitamins C and E, as well as vitamins A and B complex. Also contains Calcium and Iron, as well as many minerals including phosphorus and potassium. It helps to prevent miscarriage and haemorrhage, and helps ease nausea. It does not strengthen contractions but rather allows the contracting uterus to work more effectively making birth faster and easier. It is well known as a good strengthener of the entire female reproduction system and is a must throughout the entire pregnancy.
Dandelion Leaf – One of the best herbs for preventing and treating pre-eclampsia and for strengthening the liver. It also helps the kidneys function better and is a good source of calcium and potassium. It can prevent and cure anaemia as it is a good source of iron and folic acid.
Nettle leaf – Containing almost every vitamin and mineral necessary for human growth and health, it is abundant in vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as calcium potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulphur. Nettle contains more chlorophyll than any other herb, which is vital for purifying and cleansing the blood. It can help relieve constipation and leg cramps as well as nourishing and strengthening the kidneys. Nettle leaf is highly nutritious. (It will also increase the richness and amount of breastmilk)
Alfalfa – Rich in minerals it is known as a super food because it is a great source of protein and vitamins such as A, C, D, B2, niacin,B6, G and E as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and other trace minerals. It’s also high in Vitamin K which is the body’s blood clotting agent and will eliminate possible haemorrhage.
Use one part of each dried herb e.g. 50g of each herb mixed together. Then place a small amount (about a tablespoon) of the mixed herb in an infuser bag or mesh ball and add boiling water, leave to brew for a few minutes and drink. The tea can also be drank cold as an iced tea, just brew as normal then let cool and store in the fridge. (Best brewed fresh daily)
I also like to add peppermint or fruit tea bags and a spoonful of Manuka honey to my brew for added flavour!
During First Trimester – Drink one large mug per day
During Second Trimester – Drink two large mugs per day
During Third Trimester – Drink three large mugs per day (1 quart US/ 1 ½ pints UK)
I drank this tea with all three of my pregnancies and had three wonderful natural births. If you are concerned in any way about the ingredients mentioned above, please contact your local herbalist for advice about using these herbs during pregnancy.