When have you been told to start taking EPO and how much? I've searched online, but I've found varying answers. Some articles/websites say as early as like 32 weeks and others say wait until 38 weeks.
I started using the oil as a perennial message at nearly 36 weeks and at 38 started putting some up inside. Orally I think you can start at 32-34 weeks. I personally never used the pills I just went straight for the regular bottle of oil. I had no interest in taking it orally so I have no idea how much. I just used a small syringe with about 2ml in it and at 38 weeks started inserting that.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
TTC in fall/winter of 2014
My midwife said if you've had children before, wait until 37 weeks (if a first time mom, 34 weeks is ok) so I'll prolly start then and just use it vaginally.
-Becca, mom to Jacob (5-3-2003) Zach (6-20-2006) Zoey Jane (2-6-200 Alex (8-11-2011) and Emma Grace (due March 2014)!!
I started at 36 weeks, 2/500mg orally per day. At 38w I bumped it to 2/500mg orally and 2/500mg vaginally per day. DD1 was born at 39+3 with very easy dilation. DD2 was born at 39+1 with also very quick and easy dilation.
But like other things, it's not going to be the same for everyone. I've also read that it's not so much a labour induction method as it is a cervical softener for when the body and baby decide they are ready, be that at 37 weeks or 43 weeks.
Thanks for the advice! I know it doesn't induce, but I wanted to be cautious about taking it too early.
I was considering starting it now, but I may just wait a week or two to start taking it orally. I started it a 36 W with DD, but I was taking 500 mg/day (I think). She was born at 39 W 5 D, so I'd be happy with that again. Since I have an OB, I wanted to know what the MWs normally recommend. THANKS!
So when you say vaginally, you insert with a syringe? How far up? I'm interested in doing EPO cause I was medically induced with my first two (pit w/#1, cervadil w/#2) after going over and I'm hoping to avoid that this time.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01