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Old 08-04-2008, 01:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So today I am a week overdue. Aside from the fact that I am SO ready to have this baby and horribly uncomfortable, my mil, who is our support for dd, needs to leave on Wed. We don't really have anyone else reliable to stay with dd while I'm in labor. I have been thinking about drinking a little bit of castor oil if the babe still hasn't come by tomorrow night or Wednesday morning so that she can be here for the birth and my dh (who is my support person) doesn't have to take care of dd instead. I guess I am just looking for opinions on Castor oil as a means of inducing labor. Is it worth the initial awful reaction my body is bound to have? Is there anyone with experience with this who can tell their story?
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I bought some, but my midwife says it is a last resort sort of thing and will only work if you are almost fully effaced and started dialating. She suggest the breast pump first, which I have tried and didn't work for me. She is coming to check to see if I have anything going on yet, so I might be doing the castor oil too, but I plan on starting with just a little bit cuz I dont want to be miserable.

I have read mixed reviews on some that work, and some that don't, I think the key is if your cervix has already started effacing and dialating it might just be the little kick it needs to go the next step.
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I tried CO with my last babe with no luck - but i really wasnt ready yet, just miserable and desoerate... it was the taste more then anything that got to me. This time, being very overdue, i attempted to try it again, but threw it all back up after the first sip. The after taste, OMG, is awful. I did rub a whole bunch on my abdomen instead. That was the day before labor. Dont know if it helped or not. I didnt get the usual side effects that way, soo idk...

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Thanks for the responses. I had an acupuncture treatment this morning which really seemed to help bring on stronger contractions and then drank 4 oz of castor oil, which is the amount my midwife recommended. It really wasn't bad at all. The taste didn't bother me it was just a very strange texture to have to chug. Anyway, I've been having stronger contractions all day and they definitely feel different but not as strong as labor. Hoping it will be tonight!

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Good luck, mama! I hope it works and you'll be holding your babe soon (or already are!!)
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