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SO, generally I feel pretty well informed about everything that we talk about on the board here, but I am clueless about EPO.<br><br>
What is it?<br>
Why are so many of you taking it?<br>
Is it safe?<br>
What does it do?<br>
Should I consider taking it too?<br><br>
Thanks, Emily
 

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Evening primrose oil.<br><br>
It is believed to help soften the cervix for labor and is considered safe.<br><br>
I didn't take it with DD and am not this time. I don't believe it is necessary unless one has cervical scarring or something. I'd possibly recommend it for a VBAC mom too. Lots of people swear by it but I personally don't think it's needed. (I'd rather just have sex! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)<br><br>
It can be taken both orally and vaginaly. Usually starting around 35-37 weeks continuing until birth. If you do a search for EPO and birth or pregnancy you should get some info.<br><br>
I'm sure other's have a lot of good info to share as well.
 

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What is it?<br>
Why are so many of you taking it?<br>
Is it safe?<br>
What does it do?<br>
Should I consider taking it too?<br><br>
Thanks, Emily</div>
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EPO is an oil that contains a fatty acid that is healthy not just for your lady parts but skin as well! But it's main benefit for labor prep is that it has a softening/ripening effect on the cervix, making it happy and loosey goosey so when it's time to go, the cervix dilates easily. EPO can help break up scar tissue if you've had a cervical procedure and help prepare the cervix if you're a first timer and your cervix hasn't done this job before. Some women also use EPO during ttc to improve cervical mucus (I did, it worked!).<br><br>
I think EPO is popular because it's readily available, cheap, has practically no drawbacks and can have big benefits. It's not like blue cohosh or something that has a really strong effect; it's gentle, harmless, and considered a boon to labor. It's easy to commit to.<br><br>
Yes, EPO is safe, especially in the dosages we take for labor prep. It won't work unless your body is ready to go into labor, so AFAIK it doesn't have any serious contraindications unless you are perhaps prone to preterm labor.<br><br>
I'm taking it. I figure it won't hurt and might help a lot. I had some leftover from ttc. My midwife suggested I take it at my 33 week appt starting in week 34, so I've been taking it for a few days now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> It's up to you, I think it's helpful, but it's not magic or anything!
 

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Also, it can help with brain cell growth and emotional stuff. I found that when I was cranky-insane-explosive when I was carrying Skye, if I didn't take my EPO I was more insane than I was when I did. It helps your hormonal balance, that's what I'm trying to say: BUT I do think it makes prodromal labour worse, so if you're hurting already, don't do it.
 

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EPO has higher amounts of omega 3's also. It WON"T start labor, but it helps me with my moods tremendously!!! I also was already on it before because i have cystic breasts, i have taken it this whole pregnancy as with both my others. I went 43 weeks with #1 And 41 weeks with #2. But as with anything everyone has a different reaction. But you DO NOT have to take it..lol...
 

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It is just good stuff for ya in general so why not take it and it can help some people's cervix get ready <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> IDK if it is the EPO or not that has helped me but I am dilated to 3cm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I second Sarah's question about the relation to fish oils. ??<br><br>
And, is EPO just something that I buy in capsule form at a place like Whole Foods, or is it difficult to find?
 

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I've only heard good things about it. I have never tried it until this pregnancy. I take it everyday.<br><br>
The only bad thing I heard about it was on a site that some M.D. wrote something about it having no proven effect on the cervix other than sometimes causing your membrames to prematurly rupture. But I have never heard any person who took it say that so I don't know that the article was very accurate. Who knows if it was even a real M.D. because it was online.<br><br>
Everyone I know who has taken hasn't had any adverse side effects or problems in pregnancy. They said it either did the trick or it didn't.
 

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Fish oil will do the same thing in terms of stopping you kill people, but won't get you into labour any quicker or easier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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