Evening primrose oil is widely used by many midwives to hasten cervical ripening in an effort to shorten labor and decrease the incidence of postdates pregnancies.
How do you use evening primrose oil to induce labor?
Evening primrose oil contains essential fatty acids, which are precursors to prostaglandins, that can soften and prepare the cervix for labour. You can begin taking evening primrose oil at 37-38 weeks, take 500 mg orally two times per day and/or insert one gelcap deep into your vagina at night.
What are the benefits of taking evening primrose oil capsules for pregnant?
Women take evening primrose by mouth during pregnancy for preventing high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), shortening labor, starting labor, and preventing late deliveries. Women also use evening primrose for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast pain, and symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
Can you take primrose oil when pregnant?
There aren’t any proven safety issues with evening primrose oil. However, the British National Formulary, which advises healthcare professionals about medicines, says evening primrose oil should be used with caution in pregnancy.
Does evening primrose oil cause contractions?
Some midwives and alternative health practitioners recommend using evening primrose oil to help prepare or “ripen” the cervix for labor, and for inducing labor. That’s because it may stimulate the body’s production of prostaglandins, hormones that help ripen the cervix and can bring on contractions.
How fast does evening primrose work?
Early research shows that taking 2 grams of evening primrose twice daily for 12 weeks improves itchy skin in some people with disorders affecting bile flow in the liver. Improvement seems to take place within 1-2 weeks of starting treatment.
When is it safe to use evening primrose oil in pregnancy?
Evening primrose oil comes in capsules, which can be taken orally or inserted vaginally. While there is no standard dosage, it’s standard to take 500 to 2000 milligrams daily after the 38th week of pregnancy has begun. If you choose to use EPO, always start with very low doses.
When can I use clary sage oil in pregnancy?
Clary sage is contra-indicated in pregnancy and not be used until you are in established strong labour. Save it until you really need it. Clary sage should never be confused with regular sage, as sage can actually be toxic to the baby because it’s so strong.
When should you start taking primrose oil during pregnancy?
Evening Primrose Oil
Take one capsule up to three times per day, with meals, starting at 38 weeks. If your bag of water is intact and you are not having vaginal bleeding, you can also place one Evening Primrose Oil softgel deep in the vagina at night to work directly on the cervix while you sleep.
Can you take multivitamins and evening primrose oil together?
No interactions were found between Evening Primrose Oil and multivitamin.
What is Primrose good for?
Today, evening primrose oil dietary supplements are promoted for atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema), rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast pain, menopause symptoms, and other conditions. Evening primrose oil may also be included in products that are applied to the skin.