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.