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Evening primrose oil (PIOG)

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Can you please tell me about your experience with EPO? Thanks in advance mamas!
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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kcangel63
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM
I used EPO orally with babies 5, 6, and 7. I started at 36 weeks.

Baby 5 was around 40w 4d. Water broke when I was sleeping. 4 hour labor.

Baby 6 was 41w 4d. Water did not break until I told DH to break it 20 hours into labor. A few hours later she was born.

Baby 7 was 39w 3d. Water broke as he was almost crowning. Labor was not timed, but was slow and gradual all day. Perfect birth.

I did not use it for baby 8 until I was about 41 1/2-42 weeks. I used it vaginally. She was born at 42w 5d. Labor was about 8-10 hours (?).

I don't know if it really works. I will use it again for this pregnancy starting at 36 weeks. Rember, it ripens the cervix. It is not to use to put you into labor. However, you don't want to use it too early, JIC. Some people are effected differently.

monalisasus
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I used it close to 36 weeks and I truely belive its what made my cervix nice and stretchy....where my midwife commented wow your so stretchy thats great. It had nothing to do with my labor being long....it was 34hours cuz my baby was so small and decided to get all malpositioned a bunch..bigger babies tend not to do that as often according to my midwife. Its a great oil to take in general for uterine health after baby as well. I wouldnt take it too early though.

Wheepingchree
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Thanks! My midwife suggested I begin taking it at 36 weeks. I am hopefully having a VBAC. My cervix was pretty stubborn with my first delivery and didn't dilate at all after my water breaking at 41w5d.


Quoting monalisasus:

I used it close to 36 weeks and I truely belive its what made my cervix nice and stretchy....where my midwife commented wow your so stretchy thats great. It had nothing to do with my labor being long....it was 34hours cuz my baby was so small and decided to get all malpositioned a bunch..bigger babies tend not to do that as often according to my midwife. Its a great oil to take in general for uterine health after baby as well. I wouldnt take it too early though.


ethel37
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 7:48 AM

My chiropractor and midwife had me start EPO at about 36 weeks.  I took two 50mg capsules three times a day.  I also cut the end off a capsule and inserted it, making sure to squeeze all of the oil out onto the cervix.  My midwife was impressed at how soft my cervix was and how easily and quickly I dilated.  I did a homebirth and had my son at 39 weeks. 

I was told by my midwife that EPO helps with the uterus contracting after birth, also, to prevent hemmoraging.  After my son was born, I took two 1500mg capsules before bed each night.  It helps keep your harmones balanced.  I took them long before getting pregnant and almost three years later, I'm still taking them.

JoJoBean8
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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GoodyBrook
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I was counselled AGAINS EPO taken orally in my VBAC quest. 

While EPO can make your cervix relax, it too can make your previous c-section scar relax--or at least there's speculation that it can, as no one knows for sure.  But if it can affect your cervix this way, what's to say that it CAN'T affect your scar?

I was told that if I wanted to use it, it would be better to use it vaginally, directly to the area that we wanted to affect.

GL with your VBAC!  When are you due?  (I had a stubborn cervix, too, and was only 1 cm dialated prior to my induction at 42.1  I did not use EPO internally or externally, as I didn't want anything to interfere with my body's natural progression.  Next time I may opt for it vaginally).

Wheepingchree
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Thanks! I believe I'm going to try it internally beginning at 36 weeks. I can see what you're saying about it relaxing the cesarean scar as well, so I would just want to do it internally directly to the cervix. I'm due 10/15. Really crossing my fingers for my VBAC!


Quoting GoodyBrook:

I was counselled AGAINS EPO taken orally in my VBAC quest. 


While EPO can make your cervix relax, it too can make your previous c-section scar relax--or at least there's speculation that it can, as no one knows for sure.  But if it can affect your cervix this way, what's to say that it CAN'T affect your scar?


I was told that if I wanted to use it, it would be better to use it vaginally, directly to the area that we wanted to affect.


GL with your VBAC!  When are you due?  (I had a stubborn cervix, too, and was only 1 cm dialated prior to my induction at 42.1  I did not use EPO internally or externally, as I didn't want anything to interfere with my body's natural progression.  Next time I may opt for it vaginally).


GoodyBrook
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Are you a member of the VBAC Moms group?  There are a few threads over there on EPO if you want to do a search...

Wheepingchree
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM
I am, I'll go take a look now. Thanks for letting me know :)


Quoting GoodyBrook:

Are you a member of the VBAC Moms group?  There are a few threads over there on EPO if you want to do a search...


MaryJarrett
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I'm against using EPO, in general. Here's a good article from VBACfacts with the studies laid out. :) It's a great read for non-VBAC moms too.


http://vbacfacts.com/2012/11/13/evening-primrose-oil-dont-use-it-if-you-are-pregnant/

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