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August 2008 > Castor Oil...who is joining the party?
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 06:51 PM 08-07-2008
Okay the midwife today suggested the usual induction methods..
nipple stimulation (LIKE SERIOUSLY HOW DO YOU DO THAT FOR THAT LONG?)
Sex....(YAWN)
Castor Oil...

I am afraid of the castor oil...
what should I expect if I bite the bullet?

holothuroidea 06:58 PM 08-07-2008
I think for nipple stim. it would be best to do it while you are aroused that way it doesn't just feel like you're playing with your boobs for no reason! Also you could try a breast pump, which might mimic a nursing baby somewhat. I think that would be most effective.

I've never taken castor oil but apparently it tastes really gross and makes you poop a lot. If you decide to do it, make sure you stay hydrated!
fyoosh's Avatar fyoosh 06:58 PM 08-07-2008
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Originally Posted by Shiloh View Post
Okay the midwife today suggested the usual induction methods..
nipple stimulation (LIKE SERIOUSLY HOW DO YOU DO THAT FOR THAT LONG?)

A breastpump. I can't imagine doing it manually for as long as it takes!
Sex....(YAWN)
Yeah, this would not work for me... I am SO disinterested in sex it's not even funny
Castor Oil...

I am afraid of the castor oil...
what should I expect if I bite the bullet?
From what I hear (never tried it), lots of cramps and diarrhea (more than normal), sometimes nausea/vomiting. "They" say that sometimes the babes will pass meconium in utero due to the laxative effect as well. Oh, that and it tastes/feels disgusting I know people who have done it in OJ or in root beer to try to help a bit with the taste and feel.

Good luck!
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 06:59 PM 08-07-2008
I'll blog it for you in real time to let you know how it goes
I just got to make sure hubby's beer meeting after work isn't going too late and the nanny isn't going out!

Off to the drug store...
If I don't chicken out!

What a picture...bored bloated swollen 9 month pregnant woman crapping her pants with castor oil induced diarreah while playing i mean stimulating her nipples...

the things we do to ourselves in the name of science...
meredyth0315's Avatar meredyth0315 07:00 PM 08-07-2008
I'm cracking up b/c I thought the same thing about the nipples I can't stand when they brush against my bra and I'm supposed to go to town on them - no thanks!!!

The castor oil will usually tear your tummy up, causing diarrhea which causes the uterus to contract. I've never done it, but have heard it's harsh. You'll also want to mix it with something, maybe OJ. GL!!!
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 07:02 PM 08-07-2008
I read 3 hours of nipple stimulation in one day will bring on labour...
WTF?
I can't do anything other than sleep for 3 hours ..and even that NOT LATELY.
baby_baby_mommy's Avatar baby_baby_mommy 07:03 PM 08-07-2008
A friend did castor oil and described it as the worst way to go into labor ever invented (diarrhea and the accompanying cramps throughout all of labor...plus the usual labor contractions, etc.).

For nipple stim, the pp's suggestion of a breast pump (electric) is a good idea (though yes, not so fun).

What about acupuncture?
lil_earthmomma's Avatar lil_earthmomma 07:13 PM 08-07-2008
Would you try epo (evening primrose oil) as a vaginal supository? This is suppose to ripen the cervix.

Sperm has the the most proglastins and therefore would be the most effective method of cervical ripening... just sayin' maybe you could attempt a quicky?
sapphire_chan's Avatar sapphire_chan 07:14 PM 08-07-2008
You aren't even due until the 16th. Some kind of emergency?

Right the prodomal ickiness.

I'd still stick with things that'll help encourage productive contractions instead of things that actually create contractions. So walking, nipple stim (seriously, just put in a movie and try to forget you're doing it), changing position.
MissE's Avatar MissE 07:14 PM 08-07-2008
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I'll blog it for you in real time to let you know how it goes
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I'm going to take some tomorrow, maybe we can blog together
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 07:57 PM 08-07-2008
Yeah done sex, done EPO, done RRLTea..
I am 4+cm dilated, 80% effaced and atleast zero station...
I didn't get a vag today but the midwife said she couldn't even feel the head it was so far dug into my pelvis..
I could have told her that one!!!!

Misse
I am trying to plan it out..
midwife says expect the runs 6-8hrs after the first dose...
to do 2oz then hour later 1oz, then hour later 1oz...
I am trying to figure that one out...
Her pager goes on at 7am

Here's my plan so far..
Spend night getting hydrated.
Relax, maybe dtd.
Take my vitamins, EPO, RRLT
Get a small nap in...

Wake up 2am (I am up all the time anyhow)
Have bath, get dressed...
DOWN THE HATCH
Put adult wipes beside toilet...
Crap my pants in peace in the coolness of the nighttime...
pray for real progressing labour pains...
lil_earthmomma's Avatar lil_earthmomma 08:03 PM 08-07-2008
My sis had the runs way earlier than 6 hours after her first dose!!! Be prepared for the runs any time after you take the castor oil.

Good luck, I hope the castor oil works!
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 08:09 PM 08-07-2008
yeah thats why I am thinking sleep first not in the middle and give dinner a chance to get down!
momto3wantingmore's Avatar momto3wantingmore 08:41 PM 08-07-2008
Hi there not from your DDC but wanted to say something about using Castor oil. I tried it 3 times in my 2nd pregnancy and . I have tried it with both pop and OJ. For me OJ because its acidic was horrid when the poops came. Made the diarrhea worse as far as feeling like the exit had been burned lol. I highly recommend it with some kind of soda. I used Coke but I am guessing anything would work. Maybe also get some thing to sooth the area after each BM so as not to get raw. If you Google it I remember there being a recipe for root beer floats that from what I have read makes it really hard to taste it but I didn't try that. Hope all goes well and you are holding babe soon!
MissE's Avatar MissE 09:27 PM 08-07-2008
I got my tucks and some wet toilet paper all ready and set up for tomorrow. I won't take the castor oil very early cause I have a doctors appointment at 8:30 and I don't want to give my OB any surprises . So when I'm back from the ob I will have DS and DH go do something together and then I'll try the castor oil. I was thinking of doing 1tbsp. with grape juice and then another tbsp. half an hour later and see what happens...
goldfinch's Avatar goldfinch 09:27 PM 08-07-2008
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I'll blog it for you in real time to let you know how it goes
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I'm going to take some tomorrow, maybe we can blog together
On Sunday I have to do a "bowel cleanse" regime involving a clear-liquid-only diet and two rounds of laxatives... if there are enough of us, maybe we can get a chat room going.

Shiloh: :
homebirthing's Avatar homebirthing 09:44 PM 08-07-2008
I took castor oil with my last at 17 days over. It was just fine. It tasted like oil. I did it with rootbeer and made sort of a popper. My bowels started to empty about six hours later, which sent me into labor. My butt(hole) burned so bad, but I had a baby, which was the goal!

Good luck. I might be doing it tomorrow too.
Shiloh's Avatar Shiloh 09:46 PM 08-07-2008
Castor oil party at Shiloh's Blog
kris4chloe's Avatar kris4chloe 10:15 PM 08-07-2008
For breast stim use the breast pump, although I didn't work for me.

I was set up to do castor oil, but baby came on her own without out, thank goodness.

What I think helped, is my midwife had me drink carroty juice. Apparently it helps your adrenal glands, and if your adrenal glands are out of wack then your body doesn't want to go into labor on its own.

I had a chiro adjustment to bring on labor in the morning and then drank carrot juice mixed with orange juice and went into active labor that night.

Could just be a coincidence but I was willing to try the carrot juice before spending hours on the toilet.
mamamerle's Avatar mamamerle 10:24 PM 08-07-2008
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I had a chiro adjustment to bring on labor in the morning and then drank carrot juice mixed with orange juice and went into active labor that night.
Hmmm... I have a chiro appointment tomorrow morning. I wonder...
hookahgirl's Avatar hookahgirl 10:27 PM 08-07-2008
Do a castor oil pack first. Castor Oil on belly, warm moist towel over that, then a dry towel on that.

cant hurt to do that first before you drink it!
Im due tomorrow and I wouldnt go there LOL
greenmom4's Avatar greenmom4 11:01 PM 08-07-2008
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Do a castor oil pack first. Castor Oil on belly, warm moist towel over that, then a dry towel on that.

cant hurt to do that first before you drink it!
Im due tomorrow and I wouldnt go there LOL
I've heard of this - does it really work?
Gwendolyn's babies's Avatar Gwendolyn's babies 11:11 PM 08-07-2008
Ok ladies...don't do the castor oil. Give yourself a good enema. I am serious. The castor oil will cause horrible cramps and might cause you to poop as you are pushing (if you go into labor).

I do recommend making love, then later do an enema...this helped me pop the last one out!
bettie cracker's Avatar bettie cracker 11:15 PM 08-07-2008
oooh. i have never heard about the carrot juice. I will have to remember that in a few weeks! Sounds yummy anyway!
Surfer Rosa's Avatar Surfer Rosa 11:35 PM 08-07-2008
I'm going to the chiro tomorrow, and will definitely pick up some carrots to juice afterwards. I will not be joining the castor oil party, but will be reading from the wings...good luck!
Sarah W's Avatar Sarah W 11:47 PM 08-07-2008
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I took castor oil with my last at 17 days over. It was just fine. It tasted like oil. I did it with rootbeer and made sort of a popper. My bowels started to empty about six hours later, which sent me into labor. My butt(hole) burned so bad, but I had a baby, which was the goal!

Good luck. I might be doing it tomorrow too.
I can't believe you haven't had your babies yet!

No way would I ever take Castor Oil. I cannot stand diarrhea, it's one of my most hated things.
ryansma's Avatar ryansma 01:06 AM 08-08-2008
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What a picture...bored bloated swollen 9 month pregnant woman crapping her pants with castor oil induced diarreah while playing i mean stimulating her nipples...

the things we do to ourselves in the name of science...




I took Castor Oil and never pooped - two doses and nothing. I did go into labor but then ds inhaled meconium at birth so I wouldn't repeat it. But that's me - you gotta do what you gotta do.
Good luck!!!!
kochanyk's Avatar kochanyk 01:19 AM 08-08-2008
Ugh you couldn't pay me to put castor oil in my body if I were 45 wks. No how. Cramps sound completely unappealing.
candipooh's Avatar candipooh 01:34 AM 08-08-2008
I pooped while pushing all three of my babies out and only one was caster oil.

I am not in your DDC but my youngest dd was born with the help of caster oil.

This page helped me a ton when I was deciding wither or not to use it.

It worked for me. I mixed it with ice cream AND root beer. It did not take 6 hours either. It was very quick. about 2 hours if I remember right.

Her birth story was published in a wonderful book. Here it is if you want to read it. (page 217)

I did feel a little bit sit to the stomach but it passed quickly.

Just make sure that you drink water EVERY single time you poo (it will be a lot)
ryansma's Avatar ryansma 10:49 AM 08-08-2008
So Shiloh - what's going on this morning?
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