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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 18:05 PM   1
kelseyyy
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Castor Oil?


So I've heard that using Castor Oil will help you go into labor, I have researched it and had a few friends that swear by it. My friend who just had her beautiful (and healthy) baby girl says she was either 37 or 38 weeks along (I'm not for sure on which), and she mixed some in orange juice and drank it. 4 hours later, her water broke.
I bought some castor oil today, I am three days away from week 37. I called my mother and asked what she thinks about it, and she said it can hurt the baby AND give the mother and baby diarreah.
What do you all think? Thanks!



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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 18:14 PM   2
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I wouldnt ,can make you very sick and dehydrated x



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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 18:16 PM   3
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I wouldn't do it... I tried it with first pregnancy, I was 16, young and naive and didn't stop to think of the ill effects it could have on me or my son!

Needless to say, it didn't work and I was on the toilet and in agony for a good while!



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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 18:18 PM   4
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I've heard about it...more often than not I've heard it didn't induce labor, just poopy-pants.

With my luck, it WOULD actually work and then I'd end up with diahrrea in labor.

I'd just be careful!!



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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 23:12 PM   5
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Thanks for all the replies. I am not sure if I will try the castor oil or not, I'm leaning towards not doing it and just waiting it out. This is my first pregnancy and I am a small girl, it has been pretty rough.
I read that the oil will make the baby (and mother) have the runs, pretty much. And that the baby can get some in his fluid and swallow it. But I also read that that happens to a lot of babies anyway, and maybe the castor oil isn't to blame.
I love my baby and I would never try to hurt him, it seems selfish to try the castor oil method but like i said, it has been pretty rough and I am miserable. I could go on and on about whats wrong but Its not like I'm the first to ever have a hardass pregnancy, I know it is hard for everyone. I am young (17) and the pregnancy was unexpected, and its just been...well, hard. :P



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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:29 AM   6
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im with bekkiboo on this i to tryed it at 16 with my first,
horrible pains and could not stop going toilet, made me feel very ill.
and i was still late with him and needed an inducion.
just be careful
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:34 AM   7
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dont do it!! messy, invariably doesnt work and pretty rotten stuff...i'm sorry your pregnancy has been really rough.. have you been trying the other things though like sex/curry/fresh pinapple/raspberry leaf tea/long walks??? at least you might feel like you are trying something and that might help you feel better??

pregnancy is rough.. maybe posting about what you've been struggling with may help you feel better too??



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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:37 AM   8
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NO, NO you are only 37 weeks, what ever you eat the baby eats and it can make baby poo in the womb, making serious complications if baby should inhale any.



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 03:45 AM   9
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^^^ Yeap i second that. Would keep away, thousands of women use it and are ok but a small handful are not .. knowing i could be one of those handful who had a problem was enough to put me off



 
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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 05:42 AM   10
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Hmm... I definitely wouldn't try it at 37 weeks.

The laxative effect it has would be what causes you to go into labour (according to my MW) which is why they suggest hot curry, pineapple etc but it sounds as if castor oil has a very strong laxative effect so probably best to try the other gentler methods first.

A friend of ours tried it when she was 14 days over due and swears that's what put her into labour, but she was desperate to avoid induction/section and , as I say, was very overdue.

Have you got a gym ball? I'm finding that bouncing on that is really helping me! After spending 1/2 hour to an hour on it I can really feel the pressure in my pelvis when I get up and walk around! I am also on the pineapple as well...!!!




 
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