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grizzy December 19th, 2012 08:28 PM

Evening Primrose Oil
 
So I'm currently 38.2 and it's getting incredibly uncomfortable, my baby girl has no more room. When she stretches now it sends sharp pains from my vagina down to my thighs. The last time my Midwife checked my cervix was at 36.2 she said I wasn't effaced or dilated. So I talked to my Doula today to find ways on softening my cervix/inducing labor. She told me sex with semen, lots of walking, and EPO. My EDD is Jan 1st anyways so if this will help giving my cervix a boost that would be great. I've been having contractions on and off for the past week. They will be 10-15mins apart and last and hour than stop, start up again like that in the next 2-3 hours. I'm thinking of starting this weekend with the capsules but before I do I would like to hear your experiences with EPO and how it worked for you.

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daneeleigh December 20th, 2012 10:05 AM

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My understanding is that EPO will not help induce you but will help you progress when labor starts. It's a primer for cervix I believe? I started taking it orally at 32 weeks then vaginally at 36 weeks. I had a healthy natural delivery at 38w5d in 11.5 hours. Don't know if EPO helped but I will use it again with my next just in case lol. It can't hurt.

MissusF December 20th, 2012 12:49 PM

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I started orally around 37 weeks and vaginally around 39sih weeks I think? I can't remember exactly. I still went to 42 weeks and needed a little help to go into labor so I can't say that the EPO worked for me. I'll start taking it much earlier next pregnancy.

therevslady December 20th, 2012 01:42 PM

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I used it in my second pregnancy starting at 40 weeks (I went to 42 weeks), and again in my 4th pregnancy starting at 40 weeks. I honestly can't remember if I used it in my first pregnancy. It really didn't make a difference in all four labors. I can't really say if it "helped." My cervix was never a problem in my labors, if that helps. I do know that I was already dilated to 4-5 when I started using it in my last pregnancy.

I highly recommend it for first time moms, single moms, or moms with cervical scar tissue. For multips, I don't make as big of a deal about it.

grizzy December 20th, 2012 05:20 PM

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Well, disappointing news for me is that I got checked today and my cervix is still far up and not even close to dilating so I will def be taking the EPO. I asked my MW about it and she said that's fine it should def help soften it a bit to move it forward and start getting it prepared. I was excited to see if my cervix has changed but... nothing. So what recommended doses have all you ladies taken? My Doula told me 2 3x a day to meet up 3000mg dosage.

therevslady December 21st, 2012 06:37 AM

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I recommend the same as your doula. If it makes you feel better, my cervix did NOTHING until I went into labor for my first three babies. There really is no research or evidence to support cervical checks before (or during!) labor. I honestly see no need for cervical checks unless you are getting induced. But care providers have paper work to fill out so they focus on it a lot. There is an OB around here that often says "Your cervix is not a crystal ball." Love that guy.

An article for your encouragement:
The Myth of a Vaginal Exam

grizzy December 21st, 2012 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by ~~Que~~ (Post 26895627)
I recommend the same as your doula. If it makes you feel better, my cervix did NOTHING until I went into labor for my first three babies. There really is no research or evidence to support cervical checks before (or during!) labor. I honestly see no need for cervical checks unless you are getting induced. But care providers have paper work to fill out so they focus on it a lot. There is an OB around here that often says "Your cervix is not a crystal ball." Love that guy.

An article for your encouragement:
The Myth of a Vaginal Exam

This sounds about right, thank you. I guess I shouldn't worry so much she also told that as well and to just enjoy the pregnancy for now. I've heard of women who do tons of walking and have the baby late than there are those who barely do anything and the baby comes early so it's different for everyone. I would like the EPO to help with the tearing I heard it's great for that as the Vitamin E helps with elasticity. :)

daneeleigh December 21st, 2012 10:53 AM

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That dosage sounds correct. I would use it vaginally at this point since you're full term. And I agree that cervical checks aren't the greatest indicator of labor. I know women who have set at 4cm for weeks and for me I wasn't really dilated at all before hand. I was checked Friday because I thought I was in labor but I was only at a 1cm, barely. My water broke Sunday night and I delivered Monday morning at 38 weeks. Any first time mom being told at 38 weeks that she's only 1 cm assumes that she still has weeks to go but that's not always the case. Baby knows best. My next labor I hope to hold out on all cervical checks period until I feel pushy during transition.

GranolaMamaOf3 December 21st, 2012 12:35 PM

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I used EPO with my second, but I don't know if it "worked" or not, but it didn't hurt. :) I started dilating around 36 weeks, and continued little by little until 41 weeks, when I went into active labor at 6cm dilated...!! I started taking the EPO orally around 38 weeks, and vaginally (at night before bed. wear a panty liner. it can be messy) at 41 weeks. I did it for two nights and then went into labor.

Ultimately, your body will do what it needs to do, when it needs to do it. Healthy full term babies are worth the wait! :dothug:

grizzy December 22nd, 2012 10:58 AM

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Thank you ladies for the great advice :) I'll start the EPO soon and see what happens from there. I hope it can help in some way for me but currently I'm sick so I'm going to take it easy on this pregnancy this cold weather is not good right now. I'll let you all know how it goes.

jerrodmerit December 23rd, 2012 04:57 AM

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