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#1 of 15 Old 08-08-2007, 07:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, so is now (30 weeks) about the time for me to start the EPO? Do you do it orally or vaginally? It helps soften the cervix, right? Any info would be appreciated.

What other things can I start doing now (or in a few weeks) to help get ready for labor? I really want to have a successful VBAC so I am looking at everything.

The problem is if I don't go into labor on my own by 41 or 42 weeks I will have to be induced or scheduled csection. I have some problems with my pelvic bones that makes them not really want me to go to0 far post dates. -I was born Frank Breech naturally and they pulled me out by my pelvic bones with forceps. They turned my hips kind of inward and that is much of the reason DS just could not come out. I hope that makes some sort of sense! I have felt a lot of "loosening" this time in my pelvis that I did not have at all last time, which is leaving me very hopeful!
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Hi! My midwife says to start EPO (orally) at 36 weeks. For now, you can drink lots of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, to help tone your uterus, too. Also, have you seen a chiro? I can't promise they could solve any problems, but surely it would help some! My chiro will do very gentle adjustments in pregnancy and help work on ligaments and such to make sure everything's loose and open for baby. This is great to do repeatedly as we get near birth!

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I am trying to VBAC too. My CNM keeps pushing EPO, but I am not going to take it.(I'm not worried about being "over due") If I were in your shoes though, I would! She told me to insert them vaginally, and that the capsule part will just fall out. It is a prostaglandin, which will help soften(ripen) the cervix. Lots of sex, semen is also a prostaglandin. I would also check out spinning bables. It's not just about head down/head up, it's about getting baby into the optimal head down position for birth. You're far enough along to use the rebozo, which should keep your pelvis nice and loose along with it's other benefits. Maybe yoga and swimming, nice gentle exercise to keep your joints limber. Also do you drink RRL? It certainly can't hurt to have your uterus toned up too!

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Ooh, just had to say Banana has great tips! I concur! And I've heard that mamas who have "frequent vigorous intercourse" in the 3rd trimester deliver closer to their due dates. Makes sense, given that it exercises the uterus (kinda like RRL is supposed to) and softens the cervix (kinda like EPO is supposed to), but is also completely "natural" and normal - unlike inserting EPO.

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I also concur, but I am not really an expert.
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I think I'm going to take EPO at 36 weeks, and homeopathic calophyllum at the same time. Calophyllum is supposed to stop prodrominal labor and aid real labor if it is time. I'm hoping it will help me, since I tend to have night after night of prodrominal labor.

I took EPO at 34 weeks last time and started having alot of cervical change at 36 weeks - I think it worked really well for me, and I probably should have held off a couple more weeks.
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I just purchased my EPO this week and I read that you can begin taking it orally at 34 weeks and vaginally at 36 weeks. This is from a compilation of threads on MDC and internet based searches. I haven't fully decided when I am going to start, 34 or 36 wks, but I know that I haven't found anything to suggest that we should begin taking it now. I am 30 wks too.

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My midwife said 36 weeks vaginally.

So, I'm curious(other than kleines) why are you guys using the EPO?

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Maybe just a brain fart here but... What's EPO?
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I just purchased my EPO this week and I read that you can begin taking it orally at 34 weeks and vaginally at 36 weeks. This is from a compilation of threads on MDC and internet based searches. I haven't fully decided when I am going to start, 34 or 36 wks, but I know that I haven't found anything to suggest that we should begin taking it now. I am 30 wks too.
I took it vaginally, and had a 1 hr 15 minute birth. I wont ever take EPO vaginally again. My midwife said that her midwifery texts said that sometimes taking it vaginally will cause loose cervix.. so take from that what you like. But I did not enjoy how difficult my 1 hr 15 minute labor was, going from a fingertip to 10 cm in an hour. I am hoping for a longer, less painful birth this time.
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My midwife said 36 weeks vaginally.

So, I'm curious(other than kleines) why are you guys using the EPO?
I am planning on taking it just as a cervix ripener. I want to assure that my cervix has an easy time of dialating. I am still reading up on all of it though.

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I took it vaginally, and had a 1 hr 15 minute birth. I wont ever take EPO vaginally again. My midwife said that her midwifery texts said that sometimes taking it vaginally will cause loose cervix.. so take from that what you like. But I did not enjoy how difficult my 1 hr 15 minute labor was, going from a fingertip to 10 cm in an hour. I am hoping for a longer, less painful birth this time.
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Did you drink RRL tea too with this pregnancy?

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RRL tea is awesome. I definitely give it a lot of credit in how well my birth went last time.

I am not taking EPO or any other ripening/labor hastening agent though. Unless I had some "real" reason to force the due date, I think its way more important to just let it happen on its own time. I know we're all hot and heavy with babe and miserable but, and this is just my own opinion, the body does better left alone. My last labor was 3 days. Sounds terrible doesnt it? But ya know what? It progressed so slowly that I had ample time to adjust to the increased intensity of the contractions as they came, and it was a very relaxed birth. I am hoping to have another long labor this time, for that very reason. On the 3rd day, I told DH that if it went for another 24 hours we would head to the hospital. I was that able to cope still. We had DD about an hour or two after I said that. I would just hate to mess with mother nature and have it back fire, then spend the rest of my time wondering, ya know?

But I can totally understand the OP's reasons.
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Okay, so is now (30 weeks) about the time for me to start the EPO? Do you do it orally or vaginally? It helps soften the cervix, right? Any info would be appreciated.
I am planning a VBAmC, and the midwife that suggested EPO to me said to take it vaginally because taking it orally could possibly cause it to soften the scar tissue on my uterus, as well as my cervix.

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EPO can also help if you have scars on your cervix. Also helps keep the lower digestive track well lubricated. I wouldn't take it for a long time without balancing with with Omega 3s though - it is high in Omega 6.

Alot of people swear by RRB, but I am avoiding it this pregnancy, because it causes me to contract. Every body reacts different to these things I think.
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