Friday, November 13, 2009

Is it safe to take Evening Primrose Oil 34 weeks into second pregnancy?

They say with your second pregnancy you progress much faster than first time mothers. If I take Evening Primrose at 34 weeks, what can I expect. I know it only thins your cervix, but that would start the process of labor, right? I just don't want to risk having a baby at 35 weeks. Others say the oil makes it easier for labor and delivery when the time comes. Help!!

Is it safe to take Evening Primrose Oil 34 weeks into second pregnancy?
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Wont actually induce labor. While some lay midwives will argue that statement about the Evening Primrose, which is the reason it is not recommended until 36 weeks or "full term", almost all sources with experience agree that it does nothing that the body was not ready to do on its own.

Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of prostaglandins, which we already determined readies your cervix for labor. It can be taken orally as soon as 34 weeks, and can be applied directly to the cervix at full term (36 weeks). The general recommendation is two 500mg

capsules per day until week 38, at which time you increase to 3-4 per day. The entire capsule can be inserted vaginally (inserted just before bed, it will dissolve before the first time you wake to use the bathroom), or you can use the oil on your fingers for your perineal massage, then also rub on your cervix (assuming you can reach it). Applying directly to the cervix is optimal, but the beneficial ingredients are absorbed through the external skin or the stomach also.

Again, it doesnt causes labor to start
Reply:I wouldn't mess with herbal remedies. Just do what your ob tells you to do. That is the safest route.
Reply:the say that it is supposed to induce labor, but i don't think it really helps. most of it is just old wives tales. however, just in case, i wouldn't try because they will stop your labor at 34 weeks and it will all be for nothing.
Reply:Please do not start taking EPO until you are term -38 weeks.

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