Raspberry Leaf and Hypoglycemia in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Dec;128(6):1421-1424. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001757.


Background: Raspberry leaf is commonly consumed by pregnant women. Hypoglycemic effects have been documented with other species within the plant family. Whether raspberry leaf affects glycemic control in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is unknown.

Case: A 38-year-old nulliparous woman with GDM developed hypoglycemia requiring lowered insulin dose after consuming raspberry leaf tea at 32 weeks of gestation. The temporal relationship was confirmed by the patient's self-withdrawal and reintroduction of the herb. Fetal surveillance and growth were reassuring. A cesarean delivery was performed at 39 weeks of gestation. The neonate did not experience hypoglycemia or other complications. Placental biopsy revealed normal findings.

Conclusion: Consumption of raspberry leaf may lead to reduced insulin requirements in GDM. Women with GDM should be cautioned about its use and their glucose levels more closely monitored.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes, Gestational / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / chemically induced*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Insulin / administration & dosage
  • Plant Leaves*
  • Pregnancy
  • Rubus / adverse effects*
  • Teas, Herbal / adverse effects*


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Teas, Herbal