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#1 of 11 Old 06-25-2007, 10:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is anyone using Evening Primrose Oil? I want to, now that I'm 37 weeks, but I was not sure whether to go with oral or vaginal and how-to, you know? How much? How often? How messy is it if I'm taking it vaginally? Anyone know? I tried searching for posts about this in various places, but I couldn't find any :

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Random Google search produced this:

http://www.maternitycorner.com/mcmag.../preg0007.html
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Thanks I did a google search and didn't come up with anything that specific. Anyone actuaally done this? did it help?

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My midwives told me to start taking the EPO at 36 weeks orally, 1600mg a day. Mine came in 1000mg pills, so I've been just taking two a day. I did this with my last pregnancy as well. The omega's are supposed to be good for you and it should help to soften your cervix. From everything I've read about it, taken orally, it is MUCH more subtle.

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I would like to know if it worked for anyone else too! My midwife suggested I start taking this at the end of the week. She told me to take it vaginally before bed. She said that I would probably want to wear a panty liner, but I don't expect it to get too messy.
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I don't remember what dose the pills were but with my last pregnancy I was poking holes in 4 gel caps a night and inserting them. Really it wasn't all that messy- less mess than what you have with sex. Can't say I think it helped with anything though.
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at 36 weeks i started taking one orally, one vaginally at bedtime. i'm supposed to increase every week. supposed to make labor easier and help soften the cervix.
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If you do it vaginally, does the softgel part dissolve too????
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If you do it vaginally, does the softgel part dissolve too????
I was wondering this the other day too! My midwife said to put 3-4 in every night. That's a lot, in my opinion, so I've been taking 1 or 2. The other night I was putting one in, and I though I felt another one up there! I started freaking out, thinking that all these pills were collecting up there! I called my mom and asked her what she thought, and she said that they should dissolve. I did some more "exploring" and didn't feel anything, so I guess I was just imagining it. Me and my mom had a good laugh over it though, when I said that I would be mortified if as the baby started coming out, all these pills came shooting out of me!
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I took it orally and inserted vaginally with my last 2 kiddos...didn't really do anything for me. In fact, I was sitting at 3cm for about 2-3 wks with my last one. Yep, "overdue" is normal for me!! (9days, 11days, 18days)

Keep in mind that as with anything you do to "soften the cervix", etc it won't happen until it's ready to no matter what you really do!!

And 4 sounds about right, I think that's what I was inserting, and yes, the gelcaps do dissolve!! I remember thinking the same thing!!! (And you will need a pantyliner...everytime you move during the night, some slushes out.)
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thanks...

i was just curious just in case....lol

i walked around at 5cm and 90% the last 4 weeks I was pregnant (delivered at 41w4d) and just don't think i can do that again this time...i was in so much pain in my legs and lower back and didn't know about EPO then....it was already soft so.....lol

my MW expects me to start dilating along the same pattern this time but we will see....i would rather try this than another induction.....

happy to hear they dissolve though.....
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