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For those who have tried it, how bad was it, i.e. how long were you sitting on or near the toilet and was it horrible stomach cramps or exhausting prior to labor? Or was it an easy 1-2-3 and then induced labor?

Also, are there any known side effects?
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I put it into a glass with some root beer, and sat there staring at it, trying not to gag for about 15 minutes.

That was as far as I got, and it was bad enough. I never actually ingested it.

Ooops... sorry that probably isn't helpful. Good luck!
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Castor oil #1 (2nd pregnancy, 41 weeks) - massive diarrhea and cramping for hours, some contractions, that was it.

Castor oil #2 (2nd pregnancy, 41 weeks 4 days)- got it in my mouth and gagged. Couldnt do it again.

Castor oil #3 (3rd pregnancy, 41 weeks 5 days) took it with coke, thought it tasted relatively acceptable. Vomited immediately and violently 6 times. Will never take it again. Either the kid comes out or he doesnt.


Some people say that it can cause the baby to pass and ingest meconium but I dont believe there is any proof of that.
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I took it w/OJ w/my first & I will never again. Mostly b/c it was so gross! I guess maybe it worked, but there was meconium in my waters.

I suggest acupuncture. That is what I did for my 2nd pregnancy to try to induce labor (3 weeks overdue) - very gentle.

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At 42+weeks, after days of on and off strong contractions, I took about 4tbls of it (yes the taste was horrible and there was an urge to gag, but Itook it well mixed into a milky, protien shake so that the texture was similar and that helped. Half an hour later I had a few bursts of the runs. One hour later, strong labor started. Seven hours later my baby was born.

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is that your last hope?
I would not take it.
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A friend of mine did this and her son had lots of meconium. She thinks the castor oil crossed the placenta.
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I took it with o.j. in the evening and I was on the toilet for an hour or maybe more. I woke up around eight a.m. with contractions. ds had lots of meconium, lungs had to be suctioned, and the docs said he was the poopiest baby in 3 years! personally i would not take it again.

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I will be 40 weeks on Thursday and at my last appointment, my midwife suggested I try castor oil since I am already 3cm dilated and 90% effaced.
So, I tried it....2oz on top of some orange juice on an empty stomach, then another 2oz 2 hours later.
It didn't work. It cleaned my system out, and gave me a few hours of irregular contractions. But that's it.
It does work for some, but not everyone.
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It would take an awful lot for me to even consider it. It doesn't make for a pleasant labor experience most of the time.

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I took it because my water had broken and contractions hadn't started after two days. I spent an entire day on the toilet. Contractions started early the next morning. It was awful. Vomiting, cramps, diarrhea while in labor... I wouldn't do it again.
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Wow, I'm only 36 weeks but getting VERY excited for my VBAC. i thought I would read this thread about caster oil because I never considered it during my first pregnancy. Wow, I'm glad I read this because now I know I will NEVER use this method. When the time comes, I'll figure out some other way to get the baby to come out.
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I used it. I took 2 doses several hours apart to hopefully up my widely spaceed but regular contrax. I was hoping for a VBAC but was 11 days late and facing a C-section the next day. After the 2nd dose I started getting much better contrax BUT disgusting, awful diarrhea (almost pure water). My contrax went to every 5 min, then every 3. All were very intense and almost didn't let up. I was in pain even between contrax. I should have known that was bad but I really wanted my VBAC and was stupid to ingore the signs. When my water broke soon after it was bloody but no meconium. I went to the hospital and over the next 12 hours got an epidural, got fully dilated, and then pushed for another 4.5 hours with pitocin trying to get my contrax stronger since they'd died down.

I ended up delivering by C-section 22 hours after going into labor. My pelvic mid-section was too small for even my baby's small head (I was pushing well but he never fully descended).

During the C-section they found the dehiscence (incomplete uterine rupture). Just the peritoneum - the super thin covering enveloping my uterus - kept my son from delivering into my abdomen through a hole about 6 inches in diameter.

I have no idea if the castor oil produced contrax that were too strong, or the pitocin did it, or what.

but I'd never do castor oil again, especially with a VBAC.

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I thought VBAC mommas were not ever supposed to get pitocin or any similar as that definitely increases rupture??

Not that the castor oil didn't set you (Christine)/me up for some dehydration. .. . which I always wonder, may have contributed to the trip to the OR.

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I am not a VBAC mom but I have used castor oil twice with good results.

One bowel movement, labor started and baby followed quickly.

No meconium in either birth.

Last time I mix it with fresh OJ drank quickly with a straw. Followed that up with more fresh OJ.

First time i used it I was 3 weeks 'late', second time 2 weeks 'late'
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I do not recommend castor oil. If your baby passes meconium, your "risk level" will be considered higher, thus increasing your chance of a c-section. The castor oil gave me lots of gas and caused my baby to pass meconium. So with my second baby, I focused on nipple stim, orgasms and evening primrose oil to stimulate labor -- it worked beautifully, and I got the unmedicated VBAC I'd been dreaming of.

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We're not, but i was fully dilated and had pushed for 2 hours with no progress whatsoever. They took a chance, which I agreed to, and went up to 3 before the OB came in. I'd been pushing for 4.5 hours and he examined me and felt my mid-pelvis was too narrow for the baby's head and that was why he wasn't budging despite good pushig. I think perhaps my pushing wasn't as effective b/c of the slow contrax and the dehiscence - which could have caused the slow contrax as well.



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I thought VBAC mommas were not ever supposed to get pitocin or any similar as that definitely increases rupture??

Not that the castor oil didn't set you (Christine)/me up for some dehydration. .. . which I always wonder, may have contributed to the trip to the OR.

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