For all of my births I've taken castor oil to induce labor. The first was 10 days late, 2nd was 2 1/2 weeks early with premature rupture of membranes & 3rd about 5 days early. I'm due in 7 days for # 4 and am sooooooo uncomfortable. My back hurts so bad I can't sleep & I'm having trouble breathing comfortably. I don't really want to do it again, but I'm curious about something. Does anyone know by experience if a castor oil induction (after the poop) causes a more painful labor than waiting for labor to begin on it's own? I've heard various opinions about this. Some say it causes a faster labor that's more intense... Some say it doesn't matter. Being a Bradley teacher I have the idea that labor would be easier if left to start on it's own... But I'm also planning a homebirth and don't really want a 10# baby! My last was 9 1/2 and that was big enough! I think it's the prostaglandins that are released in your body (from the poop) that actually cause you to begin labor. If that's true than maybe if I drink enough carrot juice and get diarrhea it'll work!!!!!!! Anyone have any comments?
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11/23/01 at 12:53pm