Originally Posted by Lizabethian
DH is reading (still......
) as many books as he can get his hands on. It's not a lack of information on his end or anything. He just seems to think I am suddenly going to grow a twenty pound baby between now and when it gets here. His first baby went overdue and he'd rather not go through that again. Just his concerns, not mine.
Oh yeah, I am 18 for those who asked...I keep forgetting to put that in here.
:LOL Sorry I just found that cute (the 20lb baby thing)
I am glad to hear he is reading up as much as he can. One thing that I have found in the last 4 years of being around birthing communities is that if you are healthy and do not have any complications such as Gestational Diabetes your body will not grow a baby too big for you to deliver. First time deliveries can be rough even without interventions of "natural" or medical induction and the only reason for MY
concern is just I would hate for anything to make it harder on you.
Now to answer your question about castor oil massage....
"When castor oil is absorbed through the skin, several extraordinary events take place. The lymphocyte count of the blood increases. This is a result of a positive influence on the thymus gland and/or lymphatic tissue.
The flow of lymph increases throughout the body. This speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function with a lessening of fatigue and depression. "
I would hazard a guess that this action of castor oil in late pregnancy removes any toxins that might be in the body and hindering the start of labor. Also the improved organ function could make a labor be more efficient. Add to that the natural prostaglandins found in the oil being absorbed through the skin and it could help the body on the verge of labor begin the process sooner.
Now as for the massage itself, deep relaxation can also bring on labor if the body is ready for it. So combine the two and there would be a chance that it will help "jump start" things rather than waiting for the body to rid itself of the toxins in its normal way and by relaxing speeding up that process. Some midwives believe that nightly massages from 36 weeks on are very helpful for women who have long labors to have shorter ones. I have read other sources that say abdominal massage in late pregnancy helps stimulate the uterus.
Of course all of this is anecdotal (sp?) and there is no proof, or case in point that I can give you. This is just what I have read and heard in my birthing community circles! Hope this helps.