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My MW recommended I start taking it at 37 weeks to help soften my cervix. I take 1500 mg, 3x/day. The first two doses I take orally with meals, then the last dose I take vaginally right before bed (and wear a liner because it does leak out).
So far have had no bad side effects from it.
Msbean22:I was wondering about this. Is it something that can be bought at a regular pharmacy, I wonder?
You should be able to find it at any place that sells vitamins: vitamin store, CVS/Walgreens, Target/Walmart, etc.
I've been using it since 36w and I think it's working. I started off taking 500 mg orally twice a day but Monday I upped the dosage to 1000 mg twice a day. So far, I'm 2-3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I start induction on Sunday night and my OB thinks that the Cervidil alone may be enough to kick me into labor since my cervix is so "favorable".
I'm still kind of hesitant to insert it vaginally. My friend that just had a baby started it vaginally at 39w5d and she said it burned and she went into labor the next day. I know it won't work if your body isn't ready though.
TravelSnob:My Mom works at a pharmacy and she asked the pharmacist to look into it. He highly recommended against in and had given me a bunch of printouts of all the dangers and problems that can come from using it. I've decided not to use it but I do recommend looking into it if you do decide to use it.
Hmm, that's interesting. I've asked 2 different OB's about it and they both said to go for it. I know it's also commonly recommended by a lot of midwifes. What are some of the negatives?
rachuwrf:When you do it before bed, how far do you put it in? Did your MW tell you? Do you poke it with a needle first or just put it in whole?
My mw said to just put it as far in as I can. No need to poke it with a needle because they are gel so they will break down from your body heat.