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Raspberry Leaf Tea to Induce labour

Raspberry Leaf Tea to Induce Labour

Does Raspberry Leaf Tea Induce Labour?

There are no studies verify that raspberry leaf tea can induce labour, but plenty of women testify that drinking it did indeed bring on labour.  When you understand how Raspberry leaf tea affects the uterus, you can see how drinking this tea would prepare the uterus for birth and why so many women swear by it.

A midwife with 30 years’ experience in infant feeding, active births and working with parents explains it nicely:

“The womb muscle contracts regularly day in and day out even when a woman is not pregnant, which is how it keeps toned and fit. As the womb gets ready for the mammoth effort required for labour and birth, the exercise it does picks up, just like a runner preparing for a marathon.

Raspberry leaf tea is thought to help the womb muscle tone up. There is some evidence that, by getting really toned up and ready for action in this way, a woman is less likely to go past 41 weeks of pregnancy.

So although the tea doesn’t really start labour, it might help push your body in the right direction by getting the womb fit and strong.”

Raspberry Leaf Tea Dosage and When to start taking it:raspberry leaf tea induce labour

The general advice is to wait until 36 weeks gestation to start drinking raspberry leaf tea, it is not advised to take it earlier as you do not want to prematurely stimulate the uterus when pregnant.

  • Drink 3 cups daily in 3rd trimester from 36 weeks, starting with one cup a day and building up to three cups a day until labour.

*always consult your doctor before taking any herbs.

Note that it is the leaf and not red raspberries.

Raspberry Leaf Tea benefits:

Studies have indeed shown the benefits of raspberry leaf tea are:

  • shortened length of labour
  • less likely to receive ARM (artificial rupture of membranes, ie: have waters broken by medical staff)
  • less likely to receive caesarean section (c-section)
  • less likely to receive a forceps or vacuum delivery

Research study on: Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: safety and efficacy.

“The purpose of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of raspberry leaf products consumed by a group of mothers during their pregnancy, by comparison with a group of mothers who did not. A retrospective observational design was used.  The sample consisted of 108 mothers; 57 (52.8%) consumed raspberry leaf products while 51 (47.2%) were in the control group. The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies.  An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”


Midwife quote

Baby Massage Classes

Baby Massage Classes at Yoga Essence Studio, Celbridge

The next 5wk course of Baby Massage Classes being held at Yoga Essence Studio in Celbridge begins Friday 18th September 2015.  The course is being run by Michelle Casey.  She is a fully certified and registered practitioner with IAIM and has a number of years experience with Infant Massage.  You can book the class online on the Yoga Essence website by clicking here.  You can learn more about Michelle by visiting her website here.

Gentle positive touch is a wonderful gift you can give to your baby. These classes teach you the wonderful art of baby massage. They are a great way of spending quality time with your baby and bring many immediate and long term benefits for both you and your baby.  They are also a great way to meet other parents.

Baby Massage Classes Benefit baby in some of the following ways:

  • Relief from colic, gas and constipation
  • Relaxes baby and improves sleep.
  • Stimulates brain development
  • Improves sensory awareness.
  • Strengthen’s baby’s immunity against colds and coughs.
  • Soothes teething discomfort.

Baby Massage Classes Benefits for Mam & Dad

Baby Massage Classes result in a more content, baby massage classeshealthier, happier baby; which in turn leads to happier parents.  Baby Massage also promotes bonding and attachment that may help to alleviate the effects of postnatal depression.

Baby Massage Classes Details

Baby Massage Classes are run as a course of 5 weeks.  Each week, a different topic is covered. Every week builds on the week previous.

Baby Massage Classes are up to 1.5 hour long and include well deserved mammy time after, where you can have chat to other mothers.  Feeding and changing during the class is common as is crying. So don’t worry. It is also fine if baby wants to sleep through the entire class.

Babies are welcome from 10 days old up to crawling stage.

What to Bring:

  • Please bring a soft towel for baby.
  • Feel free to bring a toy and feeding essentials for your baby.
  • Due to limited space, buggies cannot be stored in the studio.  They can be left outside the studio in the main building or downstairs.

Cost:  €120 for 5 week course, which includes oils and handouts.

Many health insurers refund up to €100 off the cost of Baby Massage classes so check with your Health Insurance provider.


Fiona Uyema and her new Japanese Cookbook

Fiona Uyema

last updated 12 April 2018

Update: Fiona Uyema has created a line of fabulously delicious soy sauces called Fused.  My personal favourite is the “Glorious Ginger” soy sauce, there is also “Cheeky Chilli” and “Clever Classic”.  They are available in Supervalu. Check them out on her website

Anyone who wants to eat healthy and delicious food should pay attention to Fiona Uyema and her easy to follow Japanese recipes.  Yes, her recipes are easy to follow and healthy and delicious.  I have personally tasted some of her recipes and they are yummy!  So, who is Fiona Uyema?  Fiona Uyema has been pushing boundaries and influencing the Irish foodie scene with her easy to follow Japanese style recipes for a while now. She has become the authority in Japanese cuisine appearing on TV and at the biggest food festivals inFiona Uyema  the country such as Ballymaloe Lit Fest, Bloom, and Taste of Dublin.  Fiona Uyema was a key feature at Taste of Dublin among some of the best chefs in Ireland and UK.  She offers hands on cooking classes to the public at Miele in Dublin as well.

Fiona Uyema showed the country how easy Japanese cooking is on TV3’s Late Lunch Live where she has been described as “Ireland’s Japanese Cuisine Queen!”.

Her recipes have also appeared on some of the biggest food publications such as Easy Food, FOOD&WINE, and the RTE Guide. To learn more about Fiona Uyema and her background click here.

In collaboration with photographer Harry Weir and editor Miriam Atkins, Fiona was successful in getting sushi featured on the front cover of FOOD&WINE Magazine along with a special 8 page feature on Fiona’s favourite Japanese recipes.fiona uyema

“Fiona’s gorgeous recipes celebrating the Hanami festival in FOOD&WINE Magazine offered readers a masterclass in Japanese cuisine, with lots of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Her sushi stole the show, gracing our front cover.” Miriam Atkins, Editor. The photos below were taken by Harry Weir Photography and first appeared in FOOD&WINE Magazine.

Fiona Uyema ‘s Book

And now Fiona is delighted to have written her first cookbookfiona uyema titled “Japanese Food Made Easy”.  It was inspired by her time in Japan.  It will be published by Mercier Press and is now available to pre-order from her publisher, Mercier Press, at a discounted price, so be sure to check that out. I’ve ordered 2 copies already.  It would make a great Christmas gift and dare I say that there are only 18 shopping weekends til Christmas, so here’s a chance to get ahead of the game!  Here’s the link to purchase the book:


Fiona Uyema ‘s Blog

Fiona Uyema writes a cooking blog called “Fiona’s Japanese Cooking”. Her easy to follow Japanese style recipes and useful tips will give you the knowledge and confidence to try Japanese cooking at home. Fiona’s recipes vary from washoku (Japanese traditional recipes) to fusion recipes mixing western and Japanese tastes.

Fiona Uyema ‘s Upcoming Events

  • Japanese Food Made Easy – Hands on cooking class September 12, 2015 at 10:30 am – September 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm, Miele Ireland, 2024, Broomhill, CityWest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland.  Unique opportunity to learn the basics of Japanese cooking in a hands-on cooking class. Recipes from Fiona’s cookbook “Japanese Food Made Easy”.
  • Japanese Food Made Easy book launch September 17, 2015 Dublin, Ireland
  • Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival September 27, 2015, Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland
  • Japanese Food Made Easy – DEMO & BOOK SIGNING October 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Miele Ireland, 2024, Broomhill, CityWest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland. Fiona Uyema will demonstrate some of the recipes from her cookbook “Japanese Food Made Easy”.Price includes a signed copy of Fiona’s book.
  • Japanese Food Made Easy hands-on cooking class October 10, 2015 at 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Miele Ireland, 2024, Broomhill, Bianconi Avenue, CityWest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland. Unique opportunity to learn the basics of Japanese cooking in a hands-on cooking class. Recipes from Fiona’s cookbook “Japanese Food Made Easy”.

Chinese New Year 2015 : The Year of the Goat

Happy Chinese New Year 2015! This year is the year of the Goat.

Chinese New Year 2015 Festival

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year 2015 festival marking the start of the new year.  It begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later. It is also referred to as the Lunar New Year.  It is celebrated by visiting with family and friends, having special meals, fireworks displays and gift giving.

According to Chinese astrology, each year, starting from the Chinese Lunar New Year, is associated with an animal sign. These rotate over a 12-year cycle.  2015 is the year of the Goat, so any babies born in this year will be associated with the Goat:  “People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle, mild-mannered, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kind heartedness and justice.  They are very strong creatively, and they have perseverance, and they acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.”

Chinese New Year 2015 Activities and Celebrations

There are some Chinese New Year 2015 activities and celebrations taking place around Dublin this week.  There is everything from Chinese Astrology Readings to Chinese cooking demonstrations to art exhibitions. There is also a Chinese New Year 2015 Carnival taking place this Sunday the 22nd from 12:00 to 5:00pm.  It is taking place at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin.   There will be authentic Chinese performances with Dragon and Lion Dances, Tai Chi and Martial Arts displays, special traditional music and dance entertainment along with karaoke singing. There will also be a cookery demonstration hosted by Asia Market and a number of Food and Asia Craft stalls.  Click here for more information on the Carnival.  And click here for more information on the many and varied celebrations taking place this week.

Morning Sickness- Our Top Tips to help Bring You Relief

Tips to Help Relieve Morning Sickness

last updated 12 April 2018

There Are Many Things You Can Do To Help Relieve Morning Sickness, Nausea & Vomiting.

Acupuncture is very effective of course, but there are also things you can do yourself to help take the edge off of morning sickness

How to Eat to Help Relieve Morning Sickness

  • Put small portions of food on your plate as a larger portion may be off putting when you have morning sickness.
  • Become a grazer and eat small amounts throughout the day and evening.
  • Take your time and eat slowly, chew your food really well
  • Avoid lumpy foods, when you have morning sickness it may be easier to swallow soups and smoothies.
  • Try eating bland foods. Bland foods can be more palatable while you have morning sickness.
  • Ginger is renowned for settling the queasy stomach and helping to relieve morning sickness. Grate some fresh ginger (without the peel) into hot water to make a ginger tea, sip it. Get some ginger sweets or crystallized ginger. Get ginger ale made with real ginger (most health food shops will carry this).
  • Keep some crackers by your bed and if you feel pregnancy nausea when you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for a few minutes before getting up slowly.
  • Nibble on crackers if pregnancy nausea wakes you up during the night.
  • Try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because food tends to have a stronger aroma when it’s hot.
  • After eating avoid lying down on your left side. Lying on your left side can slow digestion.
  • Try taking any vitamins or supplements with food or just before you go to sleep.
  • Avoid fatty foods because they can take longer to digest.
  • Avoid spicy, acidic, and fried foods as they can irritate your digestive system.

Fluid Intake to Help Relieve Morning Sickness:

  • Sip peppermint tea or suck on peppermint sweets, especially after eating.
  • Drink out of a small cup or bottle. Mentally the large amount may seem too much for your stomach to handle.
  • Sip small amounts of fluid throughout the day. A large amount of fluid may be too much too handle at once and could exacerbate your feelings of nausea in pregnancy.
  • Drink/ sip fluids mostly between meals. Don’t drink a lot of fluid at meal time. This may make you feel full and less hungry for food.
  • Try your drinks at different temperatures. You might find warm or room temperature drinks easier on your stomach. Or you may find cold suits you better.
  • Try sour drinks such as lemon drinks like lemonade or simply squeeze fresh lemon in water.

lemon drink


  •  Experiment to see if carbonated or flat drinks and see if either is easier to keep down.
  • If swallowing itself makes you feel nauseous try sucking on ice cubes or putting drops of water on your tongue. Yes this can be time consuming, but very effective.
  • Use a straw to change up the sipping experience.
  • Try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes if you’ve been vomiting in pregnancy.

Lifestyle choices to Help Relieve Morning Sickness

  • Brush your teeth or use a mouthwash to rinse out your mouth after eating.
  • To avoid morning sickness, sit up slowly in the morning, don’t just jump out of bed.
  • Move slowly throughout your day, sudden movements make aggravate your symptoms.
  • Avoid smells that trigger your nausea during pregnancy. You and your partner may have to change your shampoo or deodorant to something that you can tolerate.
  • Add in smells that are appealing. You may find that some scents such as peppermint, grapefruit, lemon or orange can be settling. You can simply peel a piece of fruit or steep a cup of peppermint tea. Or you can buy a bottle of essential oil and put a drop or two on a tissue and keep it in your purse and smell it if you start to feel queasy.  You can purchase peppermint essential oil online here.
  • Get some fresh air. Take a gentle stroll or simply open a window.
  • Use a seasickness acupressure wrist bands. This is a soft elastic wristband that puts pressure on an acupuncture point on your wrist that is great for relieving nausea in pregnancy. They can be purchased in chemists and pharmacies.  Boots have them for sale online, click here to have a look.
  • And if the wrist bands aren’t enough, get some Acupuncture.  The needles can be way more effective than acupressure.