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Evening Primrose Oil Basics

I recently wrote a post on Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, and a few commenters asked if I was also taking Evening Primrose Oil (EPO).  The answer? Heck yes! I am doing everything I can to naturally evict this baby.

EPO is derived from a wildflower native to North America and has been used during pregnancy for centuries, beginning with early Native Americans. It is rich in Vitamin E and an essential fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is converted by the body into prostaglandin, which has anti-inflammatory effects and helps prepare the cervix for delivery.

Much like Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, EPO has incorrectly earned a reputation for being a ‘labor inducer’ – it’s not that EPO induces labor but (hopefully) makes the process easier by ‘ripening’ your cervix.

Click through to see how I take EPO.  

Of course, before taking any supplement during pregnancy, you should consult with your midwife or OB-GYN.

My midwife recommended that I begin taking EPO after Week 36 of pregnancy. I take three 1,000 milligram pills a day and insert a 1,000 milligram pill vaginally at night, immediately before laying down to sleep. My body breaks down the gelatin cap and the oil is released, coating my cervix. Helpful hint: be sure to wear a pad or pantyliner to bed because EPO is messy.

You can also break open a capsule of EPO and use the oil to massage and stretch your perineum.

(Source, Source)

Read more from Caitlin on Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  Follow all her Babble posts here!

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