I truly believe that the only way to guarantee a healthy mom and baby is to utilize Mother Nature’s gifts. There are many wonderful herbs that an expecting mom can use to feed and nourish her body, such as red raspberry leaf tea. As far as women are concerned, this herb is truly a gift! It builds tissue, preventing tearing of the cervix and of the uterus during birth and is a hormone balancer. It prevents hemorrhaging during labor, regulates the contraction of the uterine muscles during labor, and reduces Braxton Hicks contractions prior to birth. The leaves are very high in iron and enrich early colostrum found in mother’s milk as well as cleansing and purifying the blood. Studies have shown that consuming raspberry leaf tea during the entire pregnancy is safe, because it does not cause contractions or make them stronger, but merely helps to enhance their effectiveness.
When choosing which herbs to use it is essential to buy organic or wildcrafted as this guarantees no pesticide residue and a higher nutrient content, as opposed to conventionally grown. This is true for the food you buy as well. An expecting mom should be eating a large variety of organic raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains (sprouted) and seeds. An expecting mother also needs to be drinking at least one gallon of distilled water a day.
After having three births of my own I was able to witness first hand the power of herbal and nutritional healing during pregnancy. When I had my first two children, for the most part, I ate the typical American diet, took pharmaceuticals, over the counter supplements, and I certainly didn’t utilize many herbs. My only real educated choice was to give birth with a certified midwife.
By the time I conceived my third child I had just finished my herbal midwifery course at The School Of Natural Healing. I spent the next ten months eating as consciously and as clean as I possibly could, drinking copious amounts of red raspberry leaf tea and distilled water, and taking all the herbs that I could to help feed and nourish my body. I also practiced meditation and walked in nature everyday and while in labor I drank shock tea and used essential oils for relaxation. The end result was a beautiful birth experience. My daughter was born at home in three hours and it took me one push to get her earthside. I utilized a lot of the same herbs to speed up the healing process during the postpartum period and I noticed that my milk came in much faster then before! Now as a healer it is so inspiring to watch a woman take the power back and make decisions that are truly best for her child and for her.