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Taking Time For Myself With Pregnancy Tea

EVa Amurri Martino at 38 weeks pregnant, sipping from a mug of tea wearing a white and navy striped maternity shirt and blue jeans

With my pregnancy coming to a close, and my son’s birth now imminent, I’ve been trying my best to really prepare myself physically and emotionally for what’s in store. As you can imagine, preparing for a Home birth (with zero pain medication available) it’s so important to me that I feel super strong and ready to take on labor! It’s also always of utmost importance for me to stay as healthy as possible during my pregnancies so that when the time comes to meet my sweet babes I have set myself up for success!

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After, shows off her use of traditional medicinals teas during pregnancy in her dining room

I get a lot of questions from readers asking me about the ways I prepare for my Home Births and some of my favorite products during pregnancy. Today I thought I’d share my pregnancy tea ritual with Traditional Medicinals pregnancy teas! Traditional Medicinals is an incredible company with a real emphasis on holistic health and the traditions of herbalism. They have over 60 teas to help you maintain wellness naturally. Over 98% of their tea ingredients are organic, and all of them are Non-GMO Project verified. One of my favorite aspects of the company is that they employ in-house Herbalists who are trained to offer scientific knowledge as well as clinical experience when it comes to formulating the tea blends and making sure the teas all have a foundation in science as well as in tradition. How cool is it to be an Herbalist?! I’d like one on speed dial, to be totally honest with you. Overall, it’s just a company that I really trust and so it was a no-brainer to me to use the Traditional Medicinals pregnancy teas during my own pregnancy journey.

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After, shows off her use of traditional medicinals teas during pregnancy in her dining room, featuring raspberry leaf tea

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After, shows off her use of traditional medicinals teas during pregnancy in her dining room, featuring raspberry leaf tea

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After sits at her dining room table in connecticut wearing a blue and white striped maternity top and dunking a tea bag in to a white mug

There are two main Traditional Medicinals teas that are trusted and beneficial for pregnant Mamas during pregnancy: The Pregnancy Tea, and the Raspberry Leaf Tea. Of course, like with anything you implement during pregnancy, make sure you run any herbs or herbal teas by your healthcare practitioner before using them to ensure they’re right for you specifically!

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After sits at her dining room table in connecticut wearing a blue and white striped maternity top and dunking a tea bag in to a white mug

The Pregnancy Tea is like a “best of” pregnancy blend for expecting Mamas. It contains Stinging Nettle (an all-around great tonic during pregnancy), Raspberry Leaf (to tone the uterus), and a mixture of Spearmint and Fennel to help digestion. This tea has no caffeine so it’s great to use at any time of day. I love using this tea throughout my pregnancy, any time I need a little warm quiet time. It’s especially soothing after Dinner in that hour or two before bedtime.

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After takes time for herself by writing in a journal and sipping raspberry leaf tea from a white mug in her bright dining room

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After takes time for herself by writing in a journal and sipping raspberry leaf tea from a white mug in her bright dining room

In the past few weeks, I’ve switched primarily to the Raspberry Leaf tea as I get ready to birth baby boy! The Raspberry Leaf tea is fine during any stage of pregnancy, and is even used by women to help relieve symptoms of menstruation. But, as I mentioned, Raspberry Leaf is excellent for toning the uterus as it prepares to contract during childbirth. Think of this tea as a little gym session for your uterus as you communicate to it all that it will need to do during your labor. There’s a lot of miscommunication out there that Raspberry Leaf Tea is a labor inducer, but it is NOT! Don’t worry! Believe me, I drink so much of this stuff that if it were I would be writing this with a newborn baby in my arms. I wish. Raspberry Leaf really is excellent for helping the uterus along in its journey and making sure that it’s as healthy as can be before your baby is born.

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle blog Happily Eva After sipping hot tea from a white mug while sitting in her dining room with a backdrop of grey and white patterned wallpaper

More than just the herbal benefits, though, I find that my tea ritual really helps me take some much-needed time for myself during the day that is beneficial to me physically and emotionally. The individually wrapped tea bags are perfect for stashing in your purse to bring to work, too! Whenever I get a moment, I brew myself a hot cup with a Tablespoon of honey, and take half an hour to sit, relax, and sip. With a toddler running around already, these quiet moments before birth can be few and far between and it’s so regenerative to take them while I still can. I even use my “tea time” to journal a little to work through any feelings I’m having, or write little notes to my unborn son. It’s easy for me to forget sometimes that I’m not only pregnant, but also growing the newest member of our family! I’m glad I can take this time to really connect with him and my feelings about becoming a Mama of two.

I’m looking forward to continuing my little tea ritual with the Traditional Medicinals Mother’s Milk teas once baby boy is born! Although my “quiet time” may not be so quiet any more…stay tuned!

 

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**Many thanks to Traditional Medicinals for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

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9 Comments

  1. Alessan says:

    Are you going to be induced eventually? When is your due date? ?

    PS. We get to see the kitchen this week right ? ?

    Alessan xoxo

    10.10.16Reply
    • Hi!
      No hopefully I will not need to be induced. With a Home Birth you are able to go safely until 42 weeks pregnant, and I am currently 38.5 weeks. Fingers crossed he comes soon!
      Yep, kitchen up tomorrow! 🙂

      10.11.16Reply
  2. Courtney says:

    @Eva you look great for being on the cusp of your ninth month of pregnancy and boys can be larger than girls but not always

    10.10.16Reply
    • Thanks so much! Yes I’m officially full term now, but I actually have gained exactly the same amount of weight (20 lbs) with both babies! It must just be what my body does with pregnancy. I was definitely more toned last time though– no gym time with a toddler around unfortunately 🙁

      10.11.16Reply
  3. Danielle says:

    Hi Eva!! So I’m curious!! I’m a certified holistic health consultant with a minor in herbalism, and all that I’ve ever researched and learned about Red Raspberry tea is that it actually keeps the baby inside utero for longer. At a certain point we advise our clients to stop taking it so that they body can get ready for labor and allowing the baby to come out. I know you’re extremely intelligent and well-researched, so I am super curious about this. We have even given Red Raspberry leaf tea to clients who were on the verge of a miscarriage because it supports the baby staying in utero. I would love to know your thoughts!! XO

    10.10.16Reply
    • Hmmm, interesting! I actually hopped on the phone with two of Traditional Medicinals herbalists in preparation for this post, and they definitely do not say that drinking Raspberry Leaf tea keeps labor from occurring, in fact, it’s been known to shorten the duration of labor and keep the uterus healthy for pushing etc! My midwives with both babies have also told me to continue use of the tea until I deliver. Of course with anything, it’s every woman’s call on what they feel comfortable with! (though I did deliver my daughter two weeks early last time and was drinking this tea up until the bitter end!)

      xx
      EAM

      10.11.16Reply
  4. Savanna says:

    Hello Eva! I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve loved your blog. It’s my little “me time ” every afternoon after a finish homeschooling 4 kiddos all day. Every day I just have to go check to see if there’s anything new up yet! (Silly, huh?) Blessings to you as you await your new little one!
    (Also, on a side note….can I ask where I would find a similar dining table and chairs you’re using here? I’m totally
    smitten 🙂
    XO

    10.11.16Reply
  5. alexandra says:

    discovered after having my second babe in june – traditional medicinals has a new flavour of mother’a milk tea – it is shatavari cardamom and it’s delicious. very different from the fennel flavour of the original mother’s milk.

    10.12.16Reply
  6. Casey says:

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. I’ve been reading everywhere that you can’t have tea when you’re pregnant and I was in utter disbelief. I’m literally about to leave my house to go get this pregnancy tea right now! Thank you <3

    08.24.17Reply