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#1 of 3 Old 01-22-2007, 04:58 PM - Thread Starter
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I've heard a lot about taking EPO in pregnancy, but can't seem to find any solid information on it.
Can anybody tell me why to take it (or why not!), how much, etc?

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Evening primrose oil is good for lots of things.

Stronger bag of waters - I experienced this personally as I had my bag break before labor (past term tho) with both my sons. With DD I took EPO for several months prior to her birth and had a very strong bag. It's not really a big deal, but saves worrying about PROM.

Softens cervix- that's the big thing for a lot of people. It get your cervix softened pre-labor so there's the potential for prelabor dilation or to get things going later on. I also found it worked for me: with both boys, my cervix was maybe halfway effaced before labor. Not dilated at all. With dd, it was almost totally effaced and I dilated to a 2. Not a lot but better than nothing because I really labored thru those first few cm with the boys. With her it was a free ride!

And there's also mood enhancing benefits ....

I took 1000 mg capsules, just 2 per day thru months 6 and 7, then 3 thru the last month. Once I was term I was taking 2 caps 2x per day. Some people insert them vaginally as welll; I tried it once but just forgot about it most of the time.
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I'm taking it right now to help my cervix soften up which is why it's noramly used. I'm still working out how much and how to take it myself so I can't be of help but even there hasn't been any offical evidence either way women and midwives have been using it forever so I seriously doubt it really does any harm. So it can't to try try it right?

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