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I caved--castor oil was consumed

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok, I just drank a tbsp of the stuff mixed in with some OJ. For those of you that have taken it, when did it start to take effect? Not just with labor, but the other... ahem...side effects

Midwife said to take another tbsp in 4 hrs if nothing happens. Does that sound about right?
post #2 of 21
Your thread title made me LOL! I hope it kicks you into labor without too much of the ickies. Good luck!!
post #3 of 21
anywhere from 3 to 12 hours with the side effects.

never put me into labor, even when I used it past 41 weeks.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Been having cramps, a few contractions and a lower backache since around noon. Nothing regular, but I also haven't had any loose bm's either.
Just took another tbsp. If nothing happens, I am quitting for the day
post #5 of 21
Thinking of you Mama! I picked up a bottle of Castor Oil on Monday that I had planned on taking just in case things didn't pick up on their own. I didn't end up needing it, but I was definitely not having any sort of loose bowels when I went into labor. There was no cleansing period.
post #6 of 21
DDCC
I took my first tbs of caster oil at 11am got some ctx and then they stopped, took another dose about 4 hours after the first (around 3pm)and had strong ctx start up a few hours later (7pm). I had her that next morning (5:20am). I took a nap after the 2nd dose and woke up with serious abdominal pain, wondering what the heck was going on, realized I had take the caster oil and then had a serious bout of diarrhea. That was the only time that happened.
Good luck to you! Hope it works.
post #7 of 21
I am off to the store to buy mine now Will start either tonight or tomorrow morning. Labor vibes to us both!!!
post #8 of 21
just wanted to suggest the black cohosh tablets.. i took it with my epo (you are supposed to take one tablet 3 times a day for a total of 1500mg) i took two doses and went in to labor that night.. just a thought
post #9 of 21
i took 2 tablespoons at 9 pm and woke up with prelabor at 530 am.. water broke at 810 and baby came half hour later.. i didn't poo for three days after taking it.
post #10 of 21
does it have to be mixed with orange juice, or anything that helps it go down?
post #11 of 21
scramble it with some eggs if you eat eggs. Add a little cheese and sour cream and you will never even notice the castor oil...

scrambled egg trick is what they do on The Farm.
post #12 of 21
DDC crashing, but I took 1 T of castor oil mixed with a chocolate milkshake (and I couldn't choke down more than half the milkshake, and most of the castor oil was at the top of the milkshake, so I doubt I consumed half the dose) at 1 am and woke up in labor with my son at 5 am. : BTW, I didn't poo until he was crowning
post #13 of 21
I took castor oil with my third (water had been broken for 24 hours with nary a contraction) - my midwife had me take 2 ounces (I took it straight and chased it with a Coke - it really wasn't bad, just tasted like oil, it wasn't icky-tasting or anything) and the "side effects" kicked in within a couple hours. I think I only had 2 loose stools before I had him 5 hours later. I can't say if it helped with labor or not, I didn't see any correlation but that doesn't mean it wasn't there. I definitely didn't get the "stomach cramps turning to labor cramps" sensation, though.
post #14 of 21
Thanks for the ideas mamas... I am so hopeful...
I am going to get a good night's rest tonight and start in the morning. I am a VBAC so my cut off for the midwives is Monday morning (42+0) at which time I need to consent to a repeat c/s or hide and wait on my own. What a broken system we have.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
good luck boatbaby!
I ended up taking another T around 7pm. I had regular contractions for about 2hrs this afternoon that stopped again . Now I'm nervous I might have some uncomfy effects, but really I've only taken like 2.5T all day.

I mixed it with OJ in a shot glass took it and rinsed out my mouth. It wasn't too bad...I used to take fish oil like that, so I'm familar with the oily taste.

I read the Ina May suggestion, but the thought of mixing it with actual food freaked me out. I just had breakfast and took it about an hour later. I think its better to take it with some protien to help the absorption.

Honestly, at this point, I'm not sure anything will work for me. I've had 2 sweeps, ate pinapple, lots of sex, nipple stim, took labor tincture for half a day yesterday, and now the castor oil today. I really think this baby is not going anywhere until she is good and ready. At this point, my bag of tricks is empty
post #16 of 21
Started at 8:30 this morning with eggs. Puked pretty badly about an hour later. Rested and showered, then the other end started 2.5 hours later. Still resting. Some ctx but very mild. Going for another dose in about an hour (this time in a fruit smoothie, forget the eggs - YUCK!)

Wish me luck!
post #17 of 21
This may be too late to chime in and I may be the dumbest ever, but I took 4 tbsp at once and it cleaned me OUT beginning about 2-3 hours later and lasting for the next 3-4 hours after that. I did go into labor about 7-8 hours after taking it, but I had also had a membrane sweep in there. I didn't poop at all during my labor, but that's because there was nothing left! I didn't poop for nearly 3 more days! Ayeee!

Glad to see y'all are going a little slower with it than I did. I don't think I would take it again, but I'm not sure. I can't even recall my level of desperation when I did--too painful!

Good luck boatbaby! Sending you lots of ELVs and baby-bringing ones, too!
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by boatbaby View Post
Started at 8:30 this morning with eggs. Puked pretty badly about an hour later. Rested and showered, then the other end started 2.5 hours later. Still resting. Some ctx but very mild. Going for another dose in about an hour (this time in a fruit smoothie, forget the eggs - YUCK!)

Wish me luck!
Good Luck Boatbaby!! I hope you're holding your LO soon!

Sucks about throwing up....but be happy its cleaning you out now, I had some BM moments during labor that were rather uncomfy
post #19 of 21
2-3 hours of ctx at 10 minutes that just stopped cold this afternoon. But... I just peed and had my first pinkish-gooey discharge!!! I am hoping that means the afternoon contractions opened me up a little. (finally!)
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
oooohhhhh, thats a good sign! Thinking of you tonight Hope this is it!
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