My naturopath gave me Raspberry Leaf Tincture since i was approx. 30 Weeks Pregnant? (perhaps a bit before?) She said it will help the prepare the muscles needed for contractions.. and basically give you more bang for your buck with each one! (ie help the labour progess quicker!)
Closer to my due date, she added Squaw Vine to the mix.... as this was meant to help bring on labour.
My results were great! I had my baby 3 days early (On Christmas Day of all days... so not perfect timing, but still the best present ever!) My waters broke around 9:30pm Christmas Eve(no pain), small contractions started around midnight, by 5:30am i was in Active Labour and had my beautiful daughter by 11:30am! The midwives didn't believe my labour was progessing as fast as it was.. they thought i would still be there for many hours yet.. until shift change (around 7am) and the new midwife said we better get cracking!! My daughter was on an angle though - so took about 1 1/2 hrs in the final pushing stage.... so perhaps without that delay, she would have been here sooner! 6 Hr Active Labour! And i felt 100% Afterwards... i kept taking Raspberry leaf for a few weeks afterwards to help the muscles contract back again.
I would definitely recommend Raspberry Leaf, and will certainly take it for my future pregnancies!
My only thoughts are to source a good quality product. I'm not sure how the tablets or tea work in comparison with the Tincture form... but anything is worth a try!
Happy Pregnancies Ladies!! xoxox