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Is it Safe to take Primrose Oil When Pregnant?

I have just been recommended to take evening primrose oil capsules from 34 weeks to help with skin stretching and labour.  Is it safe to take?

It appears to be safe in late pregnancy, but not without side effects and an unpleasant taste

Nausea, bloating and digestive problems are common.

I feel it is my duty to tell you that there is insufficient evidence that it has any beneficial effect on labour, timing of delivery, preeclampsia, or baby size, and is generally not recommended.

I can’t find any evidence about skin stretching.

Hope this is helpful.

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