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Can you use evening primrose oil during pregnancy?

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Because the safety of evening primrose oil is not certain, WebMD cautions that pregnant women should not take it during pregnancy, as it may increase the chance of complications. Whether or not a breastfeeding woman should take evening primrose depends on the recommendations of her healthcare provider.

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Although 2014 guidelines suggest that it may be unsafe for use during pregnancy, evening primrose gained a following among pregnant woman for its purported benefits for starting or shortening labor, among other uses. It is also thought to prevent preeclampsia in pregnant women, according to WebMD.

Evening primrose oil is considered safe for many people, but those with bleeding or seizure disorders or schizophrenia should not take it, according to WebMD. Because it can increase the risk of bleeding during or following surgery, its use should be discontinued at least two weeks before a surgical procedure.

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