Getting Your Cervix Ready for Labor
As the time for your birth approaches you may feel anxious, wondering if there is any way to make your labor easier. The answer is a definite YES! Starting at 38 weeks pregnant there are some very real steps you can take to make your labor progress more smoothly and lower the risk of a c-section. These very simple actions that can be done in the comfort of your home will put you on the road to a successful and easier delivery.
Not to be too graphic, but your cervix is a bit like a peach. It needs to be soft and ripe to be ready for labor. In the last weeks of your pregnancy your body produces prostaglandins to help soften the cervix and prepare it for labor. You can actually give your body a helping hand with this by taking Evening Primrose oil capsules beginning at 37 weeks pregnant.
Evening Primrose Oil capsules contains a prostaglandin that helps your cervix to soften and become favorable for labor. Evening Primrose oil will not cause contractions or send you into labor. It’s main function is to ripen the cervix, making it soft and ready to open once labor has begun. If you are looking at a possible induction Evening Primrose oil will make an induction much more likely to succeed. This is a safe and natural alternative to induction agents such as cervadil. If order to achieve maximum effectiveness you must begin Using the Evening Primrose Oil capsule’s 1-2 weeks prior to delivery.
The capsules look like large vitamin E pills. They will not make you nauseous and can be taken on an empty stomach. I recommend you get capsules that are 1300 – 1500 mg. Take three capsules daily starting at 37 weeks in your pregnancy. An additional side benefit of taking the Evening Primrose oil capsule is that your hair will be very shiny. Once you have reached 39 weeks gestation, in addition to taking the capsules orally you can insert 3 capsules vaginally at bedtime. The capsules will completely dissolve. Try to lay on your side for at least 30 minutes after you insert the capsules. This will allow the Evening Primrose oil to sit on your cervix and do it’s important work.
If your cervix is soft and ripe when your contractions start it will help to shorten the length of your labor. The uterus will no longer have to do the pre-work of softening the cervix and can move on to the important business of opening the cervix. This will mean a much shorter, less painful labor. Allowing you a glimpse of the precious baby you have waited so long to see.