This is taken to tone the uterus and theoretically will shorten the second stage (pushing) of labor. Drink 1 cut pof red rasberry leaf tea from 34 weeks, increasing to 3 cups from 36 weeks gestation. It needs sweetening, so add honey. It is also very nice as a iced tea in summer – make a big jug of it and keep in the fridge. The tea works by causing small contractions, thus helping practice and tone the muscle of the uterus, making it more effective for the birth. RLT is not safe for earlier in the pregnancy, due to the theoretical possability of inducing early labor. However, it is not a proven labor inducer, do not expect it to induce your labor naturally after one cup of tea if you are overdue! The warning to early labor is just a precaution since it does exercise the uterus.
Make sure that you buy the LEAF tea and not the fruit tea. Buy as fresh as possible from a good health food store.