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.
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
Boys: 12/94, 1/99, 11/03, 6/11. Girls: 11/06, 10/09, 12/12
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.
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.
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.
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