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March 4th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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Has anyone ever heard of such a thing as taking too much evening primrose oil?
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March 4th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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nope!! with kaylynn, i took a buch orally and shoved tons up "there" at the end too.
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March 4th, 2008, 09:30 PM
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That's what I thought. I am planning on taking 4 a day starting tomorrow (that would be 2000 mg) and for some reason my midwife thought that was too much. But in all the many hours of research I have done, I have never heard of there being such a thing as too much. So I'm gonna do it anyways. I want it to work!! And I have heard women say it didn't do anything for them if they only took one a day.
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March 5th, 2008, 08:21 AM
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I think at 36 weeks it is probably too much. I wouldnt start such a heavy regimen until at least 38, 39 weeks personally. At 36 weeks you could still easily have 6 weeks of pg left, and even a hoipeful guess is 4 weeks. Its not a LONG time, but its enough that if baby DID come this early, it could be problematic.

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March 5th, 2008, 08:40 AM
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Why do you want the baby born early? It does not sound wise.
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I don't necessarily want the baby born early, however I have a history of very big babies and don't want to go so far overdue that the baby is huge and delivery becomes more difficult (which happened last time). Also, in my last pregnancy, I didn't dilate or efface AT ALL, I mean, NOTHING until I was induced at 42+ weeks, so I was hoping the EPO would help with that; at least make my cervix more favourable for labor. And besides that, I did have one early baby at 35 weeks who was 6 lbs 8 oz and totally fine; not saying that it would necessarily be the same with this one and I am in no way hoping its born now or anything, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be unsafe for me to have the baby a week or two early. I have gone overdue with all my other pregnancies and just want to help my body out if I can.

The dosage of 4 a day is something my midwife actually recommended and I have read during the research that I've done that taking 3-6 a day until delivery isn't a bad thing. However, my midwife wanted me to decrease the dose over the next four weeks, which just seemed odd. So this is why I ask. And also, I am told that EPO doesn't make labor begin anyway, just helps in preparing the cervix.

Does that make more sense? I hope that I explained myself better this time.
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March 5th, 2008, 12:22 PM
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Well, I do understand. And I agree it wont make you go into labor, but I do have a firm amount of trust in our bodies and that they know what theyre doing. Babies that come early on their own tend ot fare better than babies who are induced early. I believe when we go overdue, its b/c we need it somehow, and our bodies dont grow bigger babies than we can handle barring any major medical condition.

So - I dunno - I would just say that EPO is great, and I would be doing 2 - 3 a day, but probably not starting heavier doses until 38 ish weeks personally. 42 weeks over is perfectly normal, and no dilation or effacement doesnt mean a whole lot. You could have easily had the baby the very next day, no differently than if you were dilated & effaced.

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i meant to write in my first post, that i wasn't taking that much at 36 weeks. like lala said, i would start taking a bunch till around 38 weeks.
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Well, I do understand. And I agree it wont make you go into labor, but I do have a firm amount of trust in our bodies and that they know what theyre doing. Babies that come early on their own tend ot fare better than babies who are induced early. I believe when we go overdue, its b/c we need it somehow, and our bodies dont grow bigger babies than we can handle barring any major medical condition.

So - I dunno - I would just say that EPO is great, and I would be doing 2 - 3 a day, but probably not starting heavier doses until 38 ish weeks personally. 42 weeks over is perfectly normal, and no dilation or effacement doesnt mean a whole lot. You could have easily had the baby the very next day, no differently than if you were dilated & effaced.

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This is true. I agree with everything you said. I guess this is the problem with herbs and things, there's no real set dosage and no real studies (that I know of, usually) to determine whether they work or not. I guess I feel that my midwife is anxious to get this baby out earlier than last time, which I don't necessarily agree with so I am trying to find a balance between what she recommends, what I read about online and what I learn here. I definitely won't be trying any type of induction until after 41 weeks. It's hard to know the line between being really pro-natural everything and still being reasonable...I don't know if that makes sense.
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