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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:20 AM   11
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i asked mw yesterday as im 4 days overdue and she said no dont take it, if we wanted you to take it we would give you it. So am not taking it, being induced next week if nothing happens but at least i know the way they do it is safe.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:22 AM   12
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I found this:

Castor Oil to Bring on Labor

First let me just say that I do not recommend this method. That is because I used it with my second child and it was just about the most horrible mistake I could have made (other than maybe getting another epidural, anyway).

The theory behind this induction method is that the castor oil causes diarrhea and the diarrheal cramps cause sympathetic cramping in your uterus, another smooth muscle. This is another of the methods that "won't work if you're not already ready anyway", as the sympathetic cramping will be ineffectual if all conditions are not already optimal for labor. In my case, my contractions began 10 minutes after my first dose of oil, hours before the diarrhea began. Therefore, it could not have been the castor oil that brought on labor in my case, and I caused myself all that trouble for nothing.

There has been much debate over whether taking castor oil to induce labor will cause the baby to have its first bowel movement in the womb before birth. This pre-birth bowel movement, called meconium, can be dangerous, because if baby inhales some of it it can cause pneumonia in the lungs. Meconium is also a widely-held signal that the baby is in some sort of distress. Most professionals with any experience with castor oil inductions agree that this is untrue. They have found that there is no increased occurrence of meconium in castor oil induced labors over spontaneous labors.

The real danger lies in the mother when using castor oil for labor induction. With the severity of the diarrhea, a laboring woman can quickly become dehydrated. Especially in a typically highly managed hospital birth where a woman is allowed few fluids. Dehydration makes one tired and less able to endure through physical activity. Plus, not only does this endanger breastfeeding (proper hydration is necessary to make adequate milk), but a dehydrated uterus is an aggravated uterus, and an aggravated uterus causes more pain for the mother. More pain makes a woman less able to handle natural child birth and puts her and the baby at increased risk for a snowball of interventions.


It's from this website:

http://www.maternitycorner.com/mcmag.../preg0007.html

Personally I wouldn't as our baby's will arrive when they are good and ready and not because we try to make them come out. We can do things like use a gym ball, drink raspberry leaf to encourage baby into good position but can't make labour start unless your body is ready, in which case it would go into labour itself. If we could induce labour ourselves then no-one would ever go overdue!



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:41 AM   13
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i think im gonna try a couple f teaspoons full at 37 weeks then go for a long walk. maybe having too much of it with orange juice ,wich im sure also makes you go to the loo a lot any way, cant be good. xx
Is there any reason that you are so desperate to induce labour and not let nature take its course?

Dont mean to come across as rude, but was curious thats all



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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:46 AM   14
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with my first child i let it happen naturally and i was fine during pregnancy and everything. since then i have developed arthritus in my hips, knees, ankles and i have cervical spondulosis which is very painfull so i want this one out asap. doesnt mean i love him any less though xx



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:50 AM   15
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there was a thread on this about a week ago that turned VERY heated.. if you want more experiences take a look at http://www.babyandbump.com/pregnancy...astor-oil.html



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 04:57 AM   16
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I would be too scared to even think about taking castor oil as it sounds disgusting tasting and sitting on the toilet clearing my bowels out while wondering what effect its doing to my baby and body is not my idea of relaxing before the birth,

A friend of mine took it at 38 weeks with both her pregnancies with tea and went into labour but i personally wouldnt even chance it as tbh i am enjoying the not knowing if and when labour will begin on its own without me forcing it, and i dont woant to offend you but lots of people have bad niggles during pregnancy and just get on with it myself included and please dont think im being harsh im not, xx



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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 05:07 AM   17
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I dont agree with taking castor oil myself but if you feel ok to take it could you not wait untill around 39 weeks+?
Their are women who have had bad experiences with taking it and thats at full term or over, i certainly wouldnt want to try anything at 37 weeks incase baby isnt ready.



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 05:11 AM   18
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I dont agree with taking castor oil myself but if you feel ok to take it could you not wait untill around 39 weeks+?
Their are women who have had bad experiences with taking it and thats at full term or over, i certainly wouldnt want to try anything at 37 weeks incase baby isnt ready.
37 weeksis full term, correct me if im wrong? xxxx



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 05:12 AM   19
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it will only bring labour on if your ready, i totally dont agree with it as a risk but at 37wks with i take your first baby, not a chance. first babies are very very probable at being late, dont take it offensive statistics show this. First time mums including myself expected to go at 38wks but the likely hood is to expect to go into labour at 41-42 wks then you wont be dissappointed



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 05:12 AM   20
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I would be too scared to even think about taking castor oil as it sounds disgusting tasting and sitting on the toilet clearing my bowels out while wondering what effect its doing to my baby and body is not my idea of relaxing before the birth,

A friend of mine took it at 38 weeks with both her pregnancies with tea and went into labour but i personally wouldnt even chance it as tbh i am enjoying the not knowing if and when labour will begin on its own without me forcing it, and i dont woant to offend you but lots of people have bad niggles during pregnancy and just get on with it myself included and please dont think im being harsh im not, xx
as i said i love being pregnant but arthritus and cervival sponsulosis makes my bones weak and is not just a pregnancy niggle! xx



 
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