Evening Primrose Oil
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.
has anyone did this and it work? my friend is 34 weeks and wants to start taking it pros and cons?. i am thinking of asking my doctor about it. i just want to know what you ladys think/ i myself would wait till 37 weeks just because i have already had 2 runs with pre-term labor
I have been taking EPO orally 2x a day since 35 weeks. Once you hit 38 you can increase it to 3-4.
It does NOT induce labor. It is however great for preparing your body for labor and delivery and helping to strengthen your reproductive system. I'm nearly 37 weeks now and obviously not in labor nor do I plan on trying to self induce
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