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anyone use this b4?????

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:08 PM
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has any one  used evening primerose oil???     does it really work???  and what do u do with it????

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:08 PM
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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:23 PM


by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:25 PM

I dont know exactly something with inducing labor? I would always check with provider first. My midwife had me use castor oil but that was only b/c my water had broken so we knew babe was ready...but here's a bump, maybe someone else can help ya out.

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:42 PM

Evening Primrose Oil and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Neither will 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. I will repeat this at the end of this section, to make sure you understand this, as there is a lot of confusion and misconception surrounding these two substances.

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.

Red raspberry leaf tea is a uterine tonic used by Native Americans for thousands of years. It tones your uterus by helping to "focus" your Braxton Hicks contractions. Think of its job as helping your uterus do more effective exercising while you are pregnant. It does not "cause" contractions and can be safely used throughout pregnancy. It is contraindicated for those having complications "just in case", however, by most doctors who do not understand its use. Many women safely use it from the moment they learn they are pregnant at six weeks until months after delivery. (It helps to tone the uterus after delivery as well, shrinking it back to size more quickly and reducing bleeding.)

Again, neither of these actually causes labor to start!

The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms

Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.” - Jeannine Parvati Baker

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 11:46 PM

I used it in my pregnancy and at 39 weeks 5 days I was 1 cm and 90% effaced. 2 days later my water broke.

by on Dec. 18, 2008 at 12:11 AM

i take the capsules daily.....also after 38 wks you can use them as an insert.  warning...make sure you lay down after you put it in, it can get messy.  i would use a panty liner just in case.

by on Dec. 20, 2008 at 10:43 PM

My doc said you can start inserting 2 at 35 weeks.  they don't induce, just soften the cervix so that when you body goes in to labor, it has an easier time of effacing and dilating.  I agree with PP, do it at bed time so gravity doesn't make them leak out.

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