Starting at 20 weeks or so:
- Place ¼ cup (8 g) dried red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) and 1 cup (8-9 g) dried nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) in a large French press (eg Bodum) or sturdy jar. Add (~1 – 1.5 L) boiling water.
- Let steep 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Strain and enjoy at room temp or chilled.
- Drink within 24-36 hours. So, 3-4 cups daily.
For extra calming and nerve nourishment: consider adding 1-2 tbsp of oatstraw (Avena sativa).
For extra digestive support (especially for gas and bloating), consider adding 1 tsp fennel seeds.
Benefits: see Red Raspberry Monograph for the specifics of this wonderful herbal ally in pregnancy. Nettle is another highly nutritive herb supporting a healthy gestation. Additionally, it is a natural anti-histamine, and can help with allergies.