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last week my midwife said that she was ok with me trying castor oil if i wanted. i wasn't ready then but if they don't come on their own in the next few days i'll be there. i've heard i should look for the hexane-free kind but i still don't know if i've found the right stuff. all i could find was bottles that said it was usable as a skin rub/lotion etc..?<br>
i realize its not going to say "use this to induce your labor" but what maker or label do i look for? or any particulars to avoid?<br><br>
thanks for clueing me in.
 

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to be honest, i'm not sure. dp went to walgreens and bought me 4 oz of castor oil, i drank it, and 6 hours later, out came dd <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> i don't recall my midwife saying anything about the type of castor oil to use, and i had no idea there was more than one kind!
 

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Well, just make sure it's NOT "Castrol" which is a type of CAR OIL! Sounds very similar to castor oil, and on occasion when castor oil comes up in convo (I tried it with my dd, didn't work) someone will say, "You drank CAR OIL?!?!?!"<br><br>
I think I got it in the hemorrhoid/anti-diahhreal area of the drugstore.
 

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I didn't know there were different kinds either. I used the stuff that was in the laxative aisle. Make sure you mix it with orange juice or some other juice you like and slam it as fast as you can. It tastes terrible.
 

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How about just letting the baby come when it's ready to be born? It doesn't matter how you induce, the end result is the same - an induction. Unless you have a health problem, there's no real need to induce. Induction=premature baby. Gestate in peace.
 

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Thanks for the input, I guess I'm overthinking this one.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about just letting the baby come when it's ready to be born? It doesn't matter how you induce, the end result is the same - an induction. Unless you have a health problem, there's no real need to induce. Induction=premature baby. Gestate in peace.</div>
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And Janet, thank you for the lecture but I'm well aware of the implications of this and am not elated in any way about any type of induction. When you get past 40 wks carrying twins there are a heck of a lot of considerations and the battles with caregivers become much more serious than with singletons. No matter what my plan is I'm going to be faced with obstetrical intervention soon if they don't come on their own and I'm damn well going to try everything possible at home so I can stay at home and continue to make choices for myself and my babies before I get into an unacceptable situation where I'm forced to hospital.
 

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Organic, hexane-free castor oil can be found at the health food store. And honestly, since we started recommending this type, we get no complaints of painful cramping and awful taste. You will clean out your bowels, but it's more effective and much less uncomfortable than store brands.<br><br>
But, bear in mind that no method will work if your body isn't ready. I never recommend castor oil unless mama is dilated at least 3 cm and effaced at least 50%. It just won't work if she's not.
 

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Congrats on making to 40 weeks with twins!<br><br>
I did the castor oil thing 3 times to try to induce DD. She ended up coming at 43 weeks...3 days after the last attempt.<br><br>
I am under the impression that castor oil will NOT create a premature baby. It only will kick start labor if you are really ready to go into labor.<br><br>
I just drank the castor oil sold in the laxative section. 2oz at a time in a small glass of OJ. Make sure the OJ is cold (tastes better), stir the castor oil in and mix until the oil is broken up into teeny tiny bubbles and you can't really see it. Then CHUG! That way you only taste the juice (mostly). Also have something handy to wipe the gross oily feel off your lips as soon as your done. You might even want a "chaser" drink handy. Then be ready to poop! (I suggest a little lanolin or Vaseline to "pretreat" your butt. After about the 5th time pooping and wiping you can get a little raw. I started hoping in the shower and using the handheld sprayer as a bidet to try and minimize the burn.)<br><br>
I hope things get moving soon so you can stay home! Happy labor vibes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust">
 

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my m/w gave me the castor oil, so i'm not sure what kind it was. i took it with DD at 38.5 weeks because my water had broken and labor was not starting, i had been having basically what amounted to BH about every 30 minutes for almost 12 hours so i did it in order to kick-start things in a more natural way so i didn't end up in the hospital with pitocin (the birth center we used had pretty strict rules about how long you could go after ruptured membranes with no labor, especially since i was GBS+).<br><br>
anyway, it totally did the trick, 45 minutes later i pooped my brains out, and immediately afterwards starting having for-real contractions about 15 minutes apart. DD was born about 8 hours later.<br><br>
best of luck, and congrats for making it to 40 weeks with twins! hopefully they'll decide to come on their own any minute now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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sevenkids, thanks. i will look for those specifics.<br>
as of last wed i was 3-4 cm and 70-80% which is why she said it would be ok to try if/when i felt like it. i've waited and tried other things hoping labor would start as i've had plenty of small signs for a while, and i will wait a few more days but that's really all the time i have. if this can hasten their choice to enter the world now then it may be the best non-intervention laced choice. i know if i wait long enough they will come, as my singleton did, but it just may not be possible. i had to stop at a doc last week for a test and she told me i was killing my babies by keeping them in past 38 wks(!), the stupid fool that she was, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: , so i must avoid the OBs here unless i actually want their *help*. its getting tricky to navigate this and still hold out for my hb.<br><br>
thanks for the help and encouragement ladies.<br>
thanks also for the pointers on comfort and prevention of more bum discomfort - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd be less likely to intervene in the natural process with twins. JMO. Hope they come soon.
 

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I did the castor oil thing with ds. I was still stopped up after he was born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> All it really did for me was make labor more painful. I only used a table spoon with a glass of pepsi. I didn't mix it because it looked really gross that way. But it just sat on top of the pepsi and was washed down with the soda as soon as I was drinking it. Instant chaser <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I won't be doing that again. But if I was carrying twins at 40 weeks I might reconsider. Good luck!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I used it with DD1 and mixed it with super choclatey chocolate milk.</div>
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That would make me hate the taste of chocolate milk forever!<br><br>
Btw, big hugs to Clancy -- I cannot believe an Ob is telling you that you're killing your babies by (clearly) doing a great job carrying them as long as you have, and not forcing them out early!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Congrats on making to 40 weeks with twins!<br><br>
I did the castor oil thing 3 times to try to induce DD. She ended up coming at 43 weeks...3 days after the last attempt.<br><br>
I am under the impression that castor oil will NOT create a premature baby. It only will kick start labor if you are really ready to go into labor.<br><br>
I just drank the castor oil sold in the laxative section. 2oz at a time in a small glass of OJ. Make sure the OJ is cold (tastes better), stir the castor oil in and mix until the oil is broken up into teeny tiny bubbles and you can't really see it. Then CHUG! That way you only taste the juice (mostly). Also have something handy to wipe the gross oily feel off your lips as soon as your done. You might even want a "chaser" drink handy. Then be ready to poop! (I suggest a little lanolin or Vaseline to "pretreat" your butt. After about the 5th time pooping and wiping you can get a little raw. I started hoping in the shower and using the handheld sprayer as a bidet to try and minimize the burn.)<br><br>
I hope things get moving soon so you can stay home! Happy labor vibes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"></div>
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I couldn't have said it better myself. The above is pretty much what I did, as well. The CHUG it part, the chaser(OJ that is ice cold), and paper towel handy to wipe off your mouth are a must--it really tastes nasty. And hoping in the shower was something I had to learn myself, but really helps prevent a sore bottom. I did end up drinking the whole 4 oz. bottle(in two seperate sittings). And it did the trick! Congratulations on carry those babies to 40 weeks! I hope everything works out for you.
 
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