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#1 of 5 Old 10-23-2008, 10:57 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm asking for a friend who is going to be induced Monday. She will only be 41 weeks, but whatever Anyway she said she read doing an enema can sometimes jumpstart labor kind of like taking castor oil but without making you puke or have diarrhea during labor. Anyone heard of this? Is it safe for the baby?
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There are some people who believe that bowel type contractions (triggered by enemas, suppositories, laxatives, etc.) stimulate uterine contractions. The issue with laxatives (like castor oil) is they also affect the baby.

I'm of the belief that your body goes into labor when it's ready, but I used an enema when I was already in labor, because I didn't want to poop on the table. It had no effect on my labor progress as far as I could tell.

So I don't think it would hurt, especially given she's already 41 weeks, but it likely won't trigger uterine contractions. I'd try nipple stimulation instead. That released oxytocin, which will induce contractions, but typically requires constant/consistent stimulation for labor to start, as I understand. ETA: She can also try intercourse. Semen contains prostaglandins which can trigger contractions if conditions are ready.

Have they stripped her membranes? I'd also try that before a full-on induction (again, only because she's already past 40 weeks). Bottom line though is if she's feeling uncomfortable about being induced, she can simply not show up for the induction.

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Originally Posted by nighten View Post
The issue with laxatives (like castor oil) is they also affect the baby.
I am not aware of any non-anecdotal evidence that this is true. There's a faulty correlation because women who are post-dates are the ones likely to be taking castor oil, and postdates babies are more likely to have meconium. It's not a cause/effect relationship.
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Don't...do it...

Messy, messy, messy! If it doesn't work (I've read both pros and cons) then she'll be stuck on the toilet with cramping and poo.

Has she tried sex yet?

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It could work... but potentially messy lol.

Has she tried sex? or evening primrose oil directly on the cervix? and going for loooong walks...

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