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I started taking 1000 mgs/ 500 mg 2x day of evening primrose last week. Yesterday I started taking 2000mgs a day.<br><br>
I am 38 weeks.<br><br>
Is that an OK amount to take? I was planning on taking them vaginally starting tomorrow too. Should I keep the same oral dosage with the vaginal, or lower/higher the oral dose??

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This is from a doula / nutritionist colleague of mine...<br><br><i>First of all, EPO has to be used along with zinc to give the foundation for<br>
the prostaglandins that soften the cervix and contract the uterus. You<br>
won't see that in any of the online discussions. I have only had two<br>
instances in 20 years where it didn't was with a diabetic who had<br>
to be induced before we could really give it a good try, and the other was<br>
with a mom who was very calcium deficient. After a couple of days with no<br>
contractions I had her take some calcium lactate because I found out she<br>
hated dairy and was not taking calcium. She went into labor within a few<br>
hours of taking the calcium.<br><br>
Here's the protocol I have used:<br><br>
Within two weeks of due date insert one 1200-1300 mg soft gel cap (or two<br>
500-600 mg caps) vaginally every evening when going to bed. During the last<br>
week also take a zinc lozenge like Coldeeze. Nature's Way also makes a very<br>
good lozenge you can get from the health food store. I like EFAMOL brand<br>
EPO but there are others that will work fine. Just be sure that's the only<br>
If the doctor is threatening to induce, then I have the client up the dose<br>
to every 6 hours for the primrose oil and two zinc lozenges in a day. It<br>
will be most effective in the evening after 5 pm because that type of<br>
prostaglandin increases after dark. Of course this is only done if the<br>
membranes are intact, but if the doctor tries to strip the membranes and<br>
causes some bleeding the combination will also help keep down bacterial<br>
growth and helps mature the baby's lungs.<br><br>
As I mentioned above, if the mother doesn't feel some contractions after a<br>
couple of doses, then she needs to take calcium lactate (the form is<br>
important). Two to four capsules over a 12 hour period are usually adequate<br>
and can also help with labor pain. They can be dumped into yogurt or ice<br>
cream for quicker absorption. My daughter took capsules during her labor and<br>
said she could feel the effect immediately on the intensity of the pain but<br>
it didn't slow her labor at all.<br><br>
If the mother is uncomfortable with inserting the capsules vaginally or if<br>
she has leaking membranes she can also break them open and rub on the skin.<br>
It won't act quite as quickly as placing it by the cervix but will<br>
ultimately have the same effect.</i>
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