I have researched this herb quite a bit, because I ordered the certified organics prenatal from Rainbow Light, and they have a small amount of raspberry leaf extract. Red Raspberry Leaf has been under debate for Lord knows how long. Some say it’s great all throughout pregnancy because it tones your uterine muscles, and some say it could cause miscarriage because it actually makes your uterus contract. My midwife told me to wait to take it until 32 weeks, but she wasn’t familiar with the brand and didn’t seem sure of whether it was safe in such a small amount or not. Well, one of the ladies at my church has been a midwife for years and teaches midwifery at university now, and she told me she always recommends raspberry leaf to her patients. After she told me that, I tried taking half doses of my prenatal to try it and thought I’d up the doses after this week (12 weeks). So, a few days last week, I was doing that, and I felt awesome. My energy was back, and I was feeling so normal. Well, I think this is due to the fact that rainbow light vitamins are food based, so your body absorbs the vitamins and minerals much easier.
Long story short, I got scared. I started thinking, “what are you doing going against your midwife and self-diagnosing?” So I stopped taking them and switched back to my other prenatal, but now I’m feeling worn out and my energy is gone again–which tells me my body is not absorbing the nutrients I need….
SO…I really want to switch back, but the minute amount of raspberry leaf freaks me out enough to second guess whether I should. I THINK now that I’m almost to 2nd trimester, it should be safe, but…I just don’t know. Do any of y’all have experience with this? Or know of any actual evidence that it’s not safe? It just seems like a petty debate with no proof of either side at this stage… I would love your opinions and advice.