(Closed) Trader Joe's Prenatals have Red Raspberry Leaf…Ok when TTC?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2240 posts
Buzzing bee

Everything I’ve read says that there *might* be reasons to avoid it during pregnancy and during breast feeding, but not before pregnancy. Also, that it should probably be avoided by people with hormone-sensitive conditions like breast, uterine, and ovarion cancers, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids (all of this is from WebMD). The reasons to avoid it, according to the site, are that it might act like estrogen and be harmful to the pregnacy. 

If you want to be on the safe side, then you could use these prenatals to aid in conceiving, and then stop using red raspberry leaf once you’re pregnant. 

Post # 4
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have heard the same as the PP and for that I would probably just avoid them.

Post # 6
2240 posts
Buzzing bee

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@littlebee3:  It’s not likely they harmed you in any way, or that they are all that different from other prenatals vitamins or things we take, eat, and drink every day. That’s just how medicines of all kinds are; there are benefits and drawbacks to all of them, not just the herbal, natural kind. There are things that are used before, during, and after pregnancy and during labor that are known to have side effects worse than this red raspberry leaf, and they get recommended and used all the time. 

From what I’ve read of red raspberry leaf, there MIGHT be some bad side effects, and that’s mostly for women with hormone-sensitive conditions and pregnancy, because it MIGHT act like estrogen. That’s a lot of “might” going on. 

There’s really no reason to be frustrated with yourself. You haven’t done anything bad or ill-advised. You’re fine.

Post # 7
1031 posts
Bumble bee

The prenatals that I was taking from March-September had red raspberry leaf in them, my doctor didn’t bat an eyelash at it, and I didn’t have a problem getting pregnant. The only reason that I stopped taking them was because swallowing pills made me so sick, I had to switch to a chewable.

Post # 9
2810 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The levels of RRL in the prenatals are probably so low that you have nothing to worry about.

A lot of women, myself included, drink pretty concentrated teas of RRL towards the end of pregnany to tone the uterus (it does NOT cause labour though).

The tea shouldn’t be taken in ealry pregnancy, most would agree as it could cause a higher risk of miscarriage (at least it is suspected, some women drink it their whole pregnancy).

Do you know the amount of RRL in the prenatal? I really wouldn’t think there would be enough to pose a threat or even offer an advantage.

Post # 10
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I drank a tea containing red raspberry leaf before and during my second and third pregnancies.  It tones the uterus.  I had no problems at all.  But… with conflicting info out there, I’ll call an herbalist who lives near me, grows and sells her own herbs and has written a book on herbs in pregnancy.  I bet she’ll have a definitive answer.

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