Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula
Made famous by Polly Block and Jeanne Johnson. As detailed in Pollys Birth Book
*Our gelatin capsules are Pharmaceutical-grade and derived from bovine raw materials sourced from BSE-free countries. They are 100% HIDE gelatin derived from the skin and are both Kosher and Halal certified and inspected.
Polly Block, a midwife, writes in her book
Pollys Birth Book--Obstetrics for the Home
"We have found the Polly-Jean Formula--an herbal combination that gravidas begin taking five weeks prior to anticipated date of delivery--to be a boon to the home birth movement. It assists in the following ways:
Much easier labor and delivery.
Longer and easier labors for women who tend to have precipitous births.
Shorter and easier labors for women who tend to have long labors.
Bigger dilation before discomfort arises.
Minimization of postpartum bleeding when taken in conjunction with the "Good Program" (the "Good Program" is spelled out in Pollys Birth Book).
Shorter periods before lochia stops.
Other formulas on the market have helped many mothers, but over the years midwives have found that these formulas did not assist enough in preventing hemorrhage in women with borderline anemia, the Rh-negative factor, and other conditions. We found that when pennyroyal was included in the formula, bleeding continued to be heavier than it should be. We also found that black cohosh seemed to increase the normally stepped up production of estrogen, adding to the hemorrhage problem. Jeannne Johnson and I eliminated both these herbs when we developed our formula.
Midwives who recommend this formula for use have frequently reported only 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of bleeding with the placenta separation in normal deliveries. Even in problem deliveries, only � to � cup blood loss (considered normal) was reported. If these assessments are correct, the results of the Formula are phenomenal." (pgs. 155-156)
The Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula contains the following herbs:
• blue cohosh
• blessed thistle
• red raspberry leaf
• false unicorn
• wild ginger
• wild yam
• bayberry root bark
This product is 400 capsules, which is a full 5+ week supply, depending on the quantity doseage you choose to take. Similar products are sold in bottles of 100-150 capsules and do not tell you that one bottle is not enough for a full 5 week course, so you end up needing to order more, possibly getting them too late. Your purchase of Polly Jean 5-Week Antenatal Formula covers your entire prenatal need.
Polly further writes on page 156:*
"Six to nine capsules a day are recommended. It is recommended that dosages begin the FIRST week (five weeks before due date) with two capsules in the morning and two nightly, before meals. Increase the SECOND week (four weeks antenatally) to two capsules, three times a day. Increase the THIRD and FOURTH weeks up to about three or four capsules, three times a day, according to individual tolerance levels. Maintain this dosage until delivery. The formula can also be used a week to ten days postpartum advantageously."
I have been in email contact with Polly and she said I should include the following information: "The Polly-Jean Fivne-Week Antenatal Formula tends to create a balance in the stepped-up hormones toward the end of pregnancy. Over the years women have reported that they have found no better female corrective than the Polly-Jean formula, pregnant or not."