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evening primrose oil

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hi all ive read alot about evening primrose oil and some say its worked was wondering if anyone here has used it and did it work for you im not going to try it anytime soon as im only 35 weeks so any reviews welcome oh i should add i did ask the midwife who said its safe smile

KarmaBiatch Sun 29-Sep-13 20:21:14

i've been taking the capsules orally for 3 weeks now (37 weeks tomorrow). i started with one 1300mg both morning and night, and then ramped it up to 2 pills morning and night over the past week. As i'm classed as full term as of tomorrow i shall be popping one up the ole fanjo at bedtime and continue with them orally.

They won't cause preterm labour, they just soften the cervix in preparation for when the time is right. It also seems to benefit skin and hair, so double the benefit IMO grin

katebakes Sun 29-Sep-13 20:51:27

My plan was the same as karma's but then I read some articles about evening primrose oil being linked to post partum haemorrhage and now I'm worried about using it sad booooo.

MummyJetsetter Sun 29-Sep-13 21:01:23

I'm currently using it orally and popping one up there, 1000mg each per day. Been doing it for about a week now and I'm 38+4. Just an attempt to make it less painful and hopefully avoid tearing this time. I read about the increased risk of PPH which is a concern as I did have last time but I've also read that the body metabolises oils differently to say ibuprofen so if your blood doesn't need thinning then your body won't use it for that. x

Pinkstar85 Sun 29-Sep-13 21:19:10

I "popped one up" a couple of weeks before I had my baby. I think I started around 37wks, starting on 1 an evening then going up to 2 the week after then I had my DS at 39wks. With my first examination I was 9cms! So think it does work. I'm 14wks with DC2 and il be doing the same again

i did read about the increased risk of PPH but ive also read good reviews so im keeping a open mind pinkstar85 wow thats amazing 9cm this baby is a planned home birth and the midwife told me from 37 weeks they will deliver at home so thats something smile

mummyjet let me know how you go with it il keep checking this thread of mine for updates lots of luck grin

Karma good luck keep me posted grin

katebakes Sun 29-Sep-13 21:36:05

Thank you mummyjet

I really want to start using it and have actually always planned on doing so but got worried at the last minute.

All the ladies have been so helpful smile I'm starting the perenium massage next week for about five mins per day and will use evening primrose oil. I really, really want a nice, quick, easy natural birth...but we'll see hahaha x

MummyJetsetter Sun 29-Sep-13 22:03:42

Pinkstar with dc1 I didn't use it and I was almost 10 cm when I went in after 2 hours of labour (lasted 5 in total) so maybe that's just lucky. I'm hoping for the same again but I did tear so if it makes a difference there I'll be very happy! I'll update when I have this one as to whether I think it makes a difference. I had my ds as 38+4 so could be any time! Ps I'm terrified now as although fast it was so painful! x

good luck katebakes smile

honey86 Mon 30-Sep-13 23:20:11

ive started orally (35 weeks), ill start internally at 37 weeks. no adverse side effects yet so cant complain x

ooh honey86 anything with it yet? x

honey86 Fri 04-Oct-13 22:30:21

more frequent braxton hicks but thats it... i had a practise run last night, had a 'clear out' then contractions every 1/2 hr but once i went to sleep they tailed off n i was just left abit achy. im 36 weeks now so perhaps my bodys just saying 'oh no you dont' lol x

beckie90 Fri 04-Oct-13 23:17:54

I used them with ds2 and 3. Had ds2 at 40+5 but started labour on due date although I only popped one 500mg up at night time n didn't orally take them. Ds3 I started around 34wks took 2 in morn n 2 at night n 1 up at night (they were 500mg capsules) I had him at 38wks. P.s I had pph with ds1 (with no epo) and no pphs with ds2&3 and obviously took epo x

ahh honey you never know they could start working soon im just 36 weeks and so tempted to start but dont know if i shud im already getting alot of bh last few days and pressure and also had a clear out already sorry tmi lol x

beckie intresting i bought 1000mg ones havent taken or tried any yet just 36 weeks today i went overdue in both pregnancys last time and would like to avoid that happening again lol x

honey86 Sat 05-Oct-13 08:29:18

i started early with 500mg one similar to beckie, mainly cos i have a track record for difficult births. 10 days overdue, 3 inductions, 3 instrumental deliveries 3 lots of stitches. n im desperate for my body to do it by itself, to go through 'normal' uninterfered labour this time x

ive decided to start mine at 37 weeks so 1 week to go to try them smile x

honey anything new to report? x

honey86 Thu 10-Oct-13 12:08:46

regular pains all night, with extra mucus and stabby fanjo pains. but im still not convinced... i prob wont be til i gush waters or something. had loadsa false labours already x

ohh honey exciting i had quite a bit of pains last night with aload of back pressure ive started taking evening primirose orally now so we will see grin haha just hate false labours gl x

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