Is it Safe to Take Primrose Oil in Pregnancy?

on Mar 07, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Is it Safe to Take Primrose Oil in Pregnancy?

Primrose oil has been shown to prevent high blood pressure while pregnant as well as to make labor easier on the mother.

With pregnancy comes the need to be healthy. You should go the extra mile to make sure that you are healthy so that your baby is healthy and develops well. Along with following a strict diet and drinking loads of water, there are many other things you can do to ensure health and to keep risks of birth defects, miscarriages, etc. at bay. There are various medications, supplements, and herbal remedies that you can resort to but you should be very careful right from the word go. You should talk to your doctor about the supplement you wish to take and whether it is safe for you. Only then should you proceed with the supplement or herbal remedy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is primrose oil?

Primrose oil is a popular herbal remedy that many women swear by. Extracted from the evening primrose plant’s seed, this herbal remedy is known to benefit you in several ways. There are many health conditions that you can cure with it. However, if you are pregnant and would like to use primrose oil, you should first talk to your doctor and see what she has to say. Learn everything you can about its uses, benefits, risks, precautions, and considerations before going for it. Here is some useful information for you.

Uses of primrose oil

Evening primrose oil is known to treat a number of conditions, illnesses, symptoms, and diseases. Right from skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema to chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease, this herbal remedy has helped many patients. Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menopause, breast pain, endometriosis have also been known to be have been alleviated by this oil. Alongside, there is some evidence that it is good against intestinal disorders, diabetes, and asthma. Thus you can see that it is extremely helpful and healthy. But how healthy is it for pregnancy?

Uses during pregnancy

Evidence has proved that primrose oil can also help during pregnancy. For example, some women have found that it has prevented high blood pressure while being pregnant. This condition is also known as preeclampsia. Primrose oil is also used to make labor easier on the mother. It helps you start labor and then shorten it significantly so that you don’t deliver late.

Cautions to be taken

There is actually no proper evidence about any of the benefits that primrose oil is said to shower upon pregnant ladies. There is no proof that it helps avoid preeclampsia or that it shortens labor. There is also no evidence that it might be harmful to your baby. So take it with caution. If you wish to take primrose oil, it is advisable that you talk to your doctor first and take her suggestions.

Considerations to think about

If you have been using primrose oil for some reason and want to get pregnant soon, go to your doctor and tell her about this. Letting your doctor know is better because there is no evidence that primrose oil is safe and also because you might not know when you get pregnant. Instead of primrose oil, your doctor will give you safer medicines to use while you are pregnant so as to not cause any harm to the baby.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

  • mylene Ada

    Hi i’m 37 weeks pregnant right now . My doctor said that I should have to take evening primrose oil . Is it safe to take that “EPO” while i’m preggy ? Thanks !

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