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poppylove 07-24-2012 01:53 PM

I had really extreme tearing with my first. my mw's don't really suggest it for 2nd timers, (mostly they think it is useless)

however, I am concerned about scar tissue. 

Have you taken it with your second or more pregnancies? I am almost 37 weeks so would like to start soon if I am going to take it.


JamieCatheryn 07-24-2012 02:21 PM

Can't hurt, it's got good EFA's if nothing else. I took some with my first and noticed nothing, but it is good for you.


kawa kamuri 07-25-2012 06:29 AM

I've taken orally and vaginally for my last several pregnancies. I'm not convinced EPO did anything one way or the other, but it made me feel like I was doing something orngtongue.gif


josie423 07-26-2012 01:53 PM

The pregnancy in which I did not use herbs or EPO at the end (for various reasons) was my hardest labor. Very hard. Since then I have been pretty diligent about my EPO and herbs and my labors have gotten easier. I do not see how it could hurt anything and I would think it would help soften the scar tissue.


poppylove 07-26-2012 07:05 PM

yikes, sorry to hear that josie! What herbs do you use? like infusions?


linnea27 08-02-2012 02:21 PM

I took EPO for my second labour. I had a very fast labour (two hours, compared to my 16-hour first baby) with no tearing. I took it primarily because my midwife said she believes EPO to reduce tearing, and I was willing to try anything that might reduce tearing. And it might have worked- I didn't tear at all.


Harmony08 08-17-2012 03:16 PM

I took EPO with my second and had a nice ripe cervix and was very dilated before labor started and the labor was much shorter than my first which was 40 hours) I tore but mostly because the baby had cord around his neck so the midwife pulled him out.  She said I probably would not have torn if she had been able to ease him out. I didn't take it with my first.


sunshine28 08-29-2012 08:42 AM

At what week do you start doing it? When vaginally, how much, how often?



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