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    Default Evening Primrose in early pregnancy.

    I've been taking these religiously to help with PMS but I've just found out they may not be safe in early pregnancy.
    I'm around 3-4 weeks pregnant.
    I can't seem to find any information on it in regards to early pregnancy, only that it's used in later pregnancy.
    Has anyone any info to set my mind at ease?
    Obviously I'm not going to take any more but FFS, shouldn't that be indicated on the box? NOT to be taken if pregnant or trying to conceive?

    Has the same thing happened to anyone?
    How did you go?
    Did your doctor recommend you stop immediately or just as a precaution.

    I only found this out because I was feeling pretty sick tonight after taking them so I looked it up.

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    Natural remedies are a tricky one. There's no evidence to prove it's safe, but no evidence to prove it's unsafe. There's not much research in it.

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    I've just read some people use it to increase CM to conceive.
    They're advised to use it up to ovulation but not in the TWW.
    Why is that? Anyone?

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    I think you will be ok but I would stop taking them. Even in later pregnancy I've read conflicting things.
    for example, 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter a naturopath put me onto flaxseed capsules for help with constipation. I took them from about 27 weeks til birth. I lost a lot of flood and needed a transfusion after that birth.
    10 years later I'm reading around and I find that flaxseed oil is not recommended in pregnancy because it's a blood thinner. Kinda upsetting.
    Natural things I think are best avoided unless really necessary, because they really don't know and things are being found out all the time.

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    Yeah I'm mad with myself.
    I'm not usually that careless and I should have checked before now as to whether they were safe or not.
    So far all I can see is that women using EPO to help increase CM are switching to fish oils for the TWW because EPO can cause uterine contractions.
    That seem to be the only concern.
    Seeing as I'm already pregnant and going strong, I think I'm safe. I hope so.
    I'll stop them immediately though.

    Thanks girls.
    I hope I can sleep now, so much for my early night.

    Goodnight

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    Doesn't it also soften / ripen the cervix?

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    There's doesn't seem to be any concrete evidence that it does any good or harm.
    I read that midwives advise to use it as a topical solution to ripen the cervix.
    I found this reassuring.
    http://www.achildbirth.com/evening-primrose-oil.shtml

    All is well though.
    No cramping and a nice strong positive this morning.
    Not due AF until next Tuesday.

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    You'll be fine congrats on your pregnancy too

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    Baby is just getting settled in there now, I think it's great timing that it made you feel unwell and you questioned it. Amazing our bodies can do that.

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    Aww thanks everyone


 

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