Originally Posted by birdhappy85
How soon is too soon to try ingesting castor oil? I'm almost 39 weeks. Is that too soon? *doing research on the web*
Edit: *sigh* Everything I read says not to take it unless you're past your due date. Booooo. Oh well, I'm kind of still hoping for an 11/11 baby, as much as I want the baby out sooner, so I can wait. lol
RE: castor oil, Jaimee can you find any studies regarding the risks of castor oil? I've heard (my sis is a nurse, which I don't usually put much merit in but...) that castor oil can cause baby to be in a bit of distress and release meconium. I wouldn't do anything that would cause that, but I don't know what the risk is. Just saying that I don't think it's one of those things that is free of negative side effects, though I do think it gets thrown around as such. That and it seems to suck for the poor mama!
Originally Posted by MrsKatie
Yeah, castor oil will be my last-ditch effort, my last resort before resigning myself to a hospital birth. So I'm going to try it probably 1 or 2 days shy of 41 weeks. I see my midwife again on Monday for my one millionth sweep; I'll probably try it next Wednesday or Thursday. Or as early as Tuesday so DH can be around (he works Wednesday-Saturday evenings). My midwife was adamant that castor oil needs to wait till after 40 weeks; I wouldn't want to do it at all, personally, but to me it came down to what I want less: castor oil or hospital birth?
Pretty bummed out today. Thanks, ladies, for all your responses. I'm getting a massage and acupuncture and getting out of the house to see friends, but tell me, how else do I stay positive and relaxed at this point? Especially with this damned 41-week bull$%*t hanging over my head? Can you share any tricks with me? Cause I am just not there.
I couldn't agree more about the importance of a positive mindset and outlook. I'm a Law-of-Attraction follower all the way, but it's VERY challenging! I'm super hard on myself and have a tendency to go down a very negative and defeating mental path, and dragging myself out of the abyss feels overwhelming.
So how do you do it? How do you pull yourself up and stay positive? I want to change my mindset and attitude; I know where I'm at now is hurting and not helping.
You just have to keep telling yourself that baby will come when she is ready. Ignore the deadline in as much as you can- just keep it out of your thought process. You're not close to having to worry about it yet, though it might seem like it. When you DO need to think about it (in SEVEN days, Katie. Remember that. You still have 7 days!), try to imagine all the positives of having a hospital birth- how can you make it the way you want? How can you have the birth you envision in the hospital? It IS possible, so maybe if you release the demons from hospital birthing you can be more zen about it. And remember- you go to the hospital when YOU want to. You don't have to be there the entire time. Maybe just a few hours at the end of labor (and pushing). It won't be all bad- promise! As much as I hated the idea of my hospital induction, it truly wasn't AWFUL. Of course there are things I would have changed, but overall we made it as good as it could be. I imagine that if I had not been induced it could have been even better.
As far as the waiting game- set yourself up to be surprised. Plan on having the baby in a week. All the time between now and then is bonus. I've said before that thinking baby was coming early only sets you up for disappointment- you're experiencing that now. I did the same thing for my first baby. Nobody could talk me off the ledge though, so good for you for asking for help right now! I was a hot mess. Crying, angry, impatient, whiny. Looking back, it was SUCH a waste of energy and I am completely embarrassed by my behavior though I know that at the time it was SO DAMN HARD to wait.
Just remember that baby is thriving- more than she ever will again- in the womb. It is THE #1 BEST place for development. Milk it! She will come soon. Trust that. Your body knows what to do. It's going to happen, and it's going to shock you, and believe it or not you may want to go back in time to being pregnant instead of laboring! HAHA! It will seem like time flew by so fast and then suddenly your baby is here. Try to enjoy this time that you have to yourself and your DH. Seriously. It won't be just the two of you again for a VERY long time. And it won't be the same. Savor it- and, ahem, have LOTS of sex because that won't be happening for a while either!
Originally Posted by Jaimee
Seriously, from all the stories I've heard castor oil is a very last resort. For most women it induces stomach and intestinal cramping, nausea, possibly violent diarrhea and vomiting. All that gastrointestinal distress causes uterine contractions, hence it's ability to induce labor. Well, at least anecdotally... the studies do not support it. You could try castor oil on the stomach with a warm towel over it first, though. Oh, and that 1-3 hours a day of nipple stimulation!!
I've read that nipple stim should be done for ten minutes each side per hour for... I can't remember the number of hours each day. But it was important not to do it more than that because it can cause irregular and intense contractions rather than just kicking the body into labor. Can you find studies on nipple stim too Jaimee?? :-)