Evening Primrose Oil?

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sweetsriracha's picture
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Evening Primrose Oil?

Are any of you ladies planning on starting evening primrose oil around 36 weeks? Has anyone used it in the past?

(EPO is thought by herbalists to be a natural source of prostaglandins, which soften the cervix for labor. It doesn't cause induction or anything else before baby/body are ready).

I'm going to check with my midwives at my appointment tomorrow for a go-ahead, and I'll start it at 36 weeks (4th October). I'm excited!

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I'm just now getting into studying about CAM treatments. I haven't really read up on this one yet but I will!

Do you know of any oils or anything you can use to keep the hoo-ha from tearing?

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Let me know what you think after research! I'm mostly just excited because when I start using it, it means my due date is FINALLY around the corner.

I'm bringing a (sealed) bottle of sweet almond oil in my birth bag for direct application in case I end up birthing out of water. My midwives say sweet almond or olive is fine for direct application during birth.

Vitamin E oil is generally considered the best option for prenatal perineal massage...but I've personally never met a midwife who believes perineal massage makes difference in tearing or not tearing. AFM, taking my fatty acid supplements consistently before birth and birthing in water are my strategies to avoid tearing. This document seems pretty good if you are curious.

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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

Do you know of any oils or anything you can use to keep the hoo-ha from tearing?

The best thing I've heard for that is just masaging the area with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) nightly during the last month. Honestly though, a lot of sex can help too lol!

I've never heard of that EPO stuff. I wonder if it's really needed, as your cervix ripening and softening is just a natural part of the labor process?

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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

I'm just now getting into studying about CAM treatments. I haven't really read up on this one yet but I will!

Do you know of any oils or anything you can use to keep the hoo-ha from tearing?

I agree EVOO is excellent for preparing the perineum for birth! My last 3 births were all episiotomy free (and my biggest baby was 8#). Also, if you can labor in the tub or shower (with hand held shower head so water can hit your "venus"

Never tried the evening primrose oil, but I think I might try it! Gonna do some research! Smile

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

I've never heard of that EPO stuff. I wonder if it's really needed, as your cervix ripening and softening is just a natural part of the labor process?

Natural medicine aficionados believe that the prostaglandins in EPO can make labor less painful by supporting the natural process of cervical ripening. Which I'm all for! Biggrin

Midwives gave me a go-ahead to begin taking EPO orally now (as soon as my supplements arrive- I ordered online). I'll be taking 2 1000 mg tablets per day. I'll start inserting one tablet vaginally before bed at 36 weeks.

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