Castor Oil

Mashira - posted on 03/15/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I drank a 4oz bottle of castor oil today at 12:40 pm, I'm waiting for something to happen other than Poop! Has any one drank castor oil and how long does it take for labor contractions to begin? Come on Mommies are there any castor oil stories out there?

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Mashira - posted on 03/16/2009

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NOTHNING HAPPEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I drank the whole bottle and nothing happend!! Im giving up on trying to have the baby early, especially now that im 39 weeks pregnant. Im going to spend this extra time with my husband and 5 year old, soon the little one will be taking up most of my time anyway!

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Deronda - posted on 02/08/2014

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I Took The Whole Bottle Of Castor Oil At Around 9:00pm Its 1:30 Now And My Contractions Are Coming Rapidly . Though I Did Throw Up But I Did Not Throw It All Up . I Really Don't Know If It's Gonna Work To Put Me In Labor But IT's Working So Far And Im Dialated More !

Megan - posted on 03/19/2009

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i tried castor oil nothing happened but i had my doctor sweep my membranes at 39 weeks 8 hours later i was in labour u should try it!

Kaley - posted on 03/19/2009

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We all know the discomforts of late pregnancy, but I'm curious as to why you are trying to make your baby come early?

Caroline - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi. Re. all the membrane sweeping - I had that too and it didn't work for me - just painful and bled quite a lot too so not really pleasant.
Def recommend arnica pills for after the birth though - they work like a dream! Also should mention afterpains much worse with second baby than first so you might want to stock up on the ibuprofen so you're prepared. C xx

Mandy - posted on 03/17/2009

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After watching the docs Tv show, they mentioned there was herbs out there that actually jump started labor. so i did a little online research. heres what i found:



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 







Herbs During Pregnancy





Can I Use Herbs During Labor?





Yes, herbs can be very useful during labor and after birth to ease pain, calm emotions, and help speed recovery. The following herbs have been use for years by midwives and birthing women. Look under the web site heading "Plant Info" for photos and more detailed information on several of these herbs.





 





 





are two herbs that work synergistically to bring on labor (but do not use them before the last two weeks of pregnancy). During labor they can make contractions more efficient in a long, stalled labor, and help the uterus clamp down after birth.





 





(tea or tincture) is one of the best uterine tonic herbs to prepare uterine muscles for an efficient labor. Its astringent action slows bleeding and helps to expel the placenta. Have the tea on hand or make raspberry tea ice cubes to suck on during labor.



Many herbs can help ease the pain of contractions:





 





 





can be used for uterine cramping during labor, and after birth to eliminate after birth cramping pains.



Scullcap and catnip relieve pain, as well as calm and relax the body.





 





 





helps control pain during labor by relieving tension.



Other herbs help with emotional balance during labor:





 





 





is one of the best herbs to give immediate emotional balance during the ups and downs of labor, but it may increase uterine bleeding.



Rescue Remedy, a Bach flower remedy, is excellent for bringing one quickly into focus when under stress or shock during a difficult labor. It can also be put on the baby's forehead or wrist after a stressful birth.



A massage oil, enhanced with herbs, will relax the muscles and ease back labor pain. Use relaxing, aromatic herbs such as





. Rubbed on the perineum, it helps prevent tearing as the baby crowns and ease swelling and burning.



Essential oils in a mister can give clarity and focus. Clary Sage gives a sense of well being and combats mental fatigue. During birth it helps focus breathing and calm anxiety. Geranium essential oil balances emotions and works well for perineal massage, as it stimulates circulation.





is calming and strengthening, relieving depression and irritability. Citrus essential oils are clean, refreshing and uplifting. Be sure that essential oils are used in a carrier oil or mister and not applied directly to or on the skin.





 





 





tincture is the best herb to quickly stop postpartum hemorrhaging. Every midwife should have it with her in case an emergency situation arises.



After the birth, use a





, and garlic.



Fill a plastic squirt bottle with a strong herbal tea of these herbs to squirt on your perineum as you urinate to lessen any burning and heal tears.



Homeopathic arnica pills, taken every few hours for several days after the birth, help reduce bruising and swelling of the perineal tissue. Be sure you are taking arnica internally only in homeopathic form, as arnica tincture prevents clotting and should not be taken internally.





Samantha - posted on 03/17/2009

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I took castor oil to have my son. The first time I took it... I ran to the bathroom all night and drank water like crazy not to get dehydrated and... nothing happened! So the next night I took it again, first 2oz then four hours later 2 more oz and finally 2 hours after that 1 oz. The trick is to keep your intestines contraction so your uterus will keep contracting. I started all this at 8 pm and had him the next day at 4:43 pm. Contractions started at like 10pm so... best of luck

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2009

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Yep, my doctor did a membrane sweep on my due date and I went into labour that night :)

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2009

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I tried that with my third baby and it worked for me. I took it at 2 pm and at 8 pm I was in labor. I did get diarriah but I did go into labor. I will use it again with my next baby.

Emily - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Mashira:



What the heck is a membrane sweep? Who does it for you?





Membrane sweeping is done by your midwife or doctor. While internally examining you, she will simply "sweep" a finger around your cervix (neck of your womb). The aim is to separate the membranes around your baby from your cervix. This releases hormones called prostaglandins, which may kick-start your labour. A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable as the cervix is often difficult to reach before labour begins. Some women find the procedure painful so you may want to try out your breathing techniques to help your relax while it's being done. There may also be some slight "spotting" of blood and irregular contractions immediately afterwards.

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2009

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Oh yes - and the membrane sweep I think can really help! A membrane sweep - then LOTS of walking!

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2009

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Don't want to scare you but I HEARD (not saying it's true because I really do not know) that castor oil actually may make the baby poop as well and in most cases with castor oil there is meconium present. Not sure on this though, I know what it's like! I was soo impatient. I don't know if all those remedies to bring on labour really work. I don't believe them. I think walking is really the only way you can help things progress - and even that is not going to start anything - just help move along what is already happening - my opinion :) Doesn't hurt to try though!

Emily - posted on 03/16/2009

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I agree with Ashley, walking will really help move things along. I wouldnt suggest membrane sweeping though, because that can cause infection.

Ashley - posted on 03/16/2009

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my sister had her mebraines stripped and that night i think she was in labor. i went into labor naturally on my due date, but the day before i walked all day. are you dilated or ephased at all?

Liz - posted on 03/16/2009

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a midwife can actually stretch things out down there to get it moving but i don't think they'll do it till your over 40 weeks. it does hurt and labour doesn't usually start straight away but it maybe worth asking her about it at your next appointment. it will definitely soften things up though meaning that other more natural methods like reflexology, raspberry leaf tea, clary sage oil etc will be more effective. good luck and try to stay positive, your going to get to meet your baby soon!! x

Emily - posted on 03/16/2009

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Ugh, I tried that once, and I will neeever do it again! I was just stuck to the toilet for 3 hours with the worst stomach ache of my LIFE! I drank it when i was 39 weeks, nothing happened, and I didnt go into labor until 43 weeks 3 days!
Your body wont go into labor until it is ready. No matter how many natural induction methods you try.

Andrea - posted on 03/16/2009

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My midwife told me that it is not realy worth taking unless your cervix is soft. The most it can do if your cervix isn't ready is help it soften a little bit. My son was 14 days late and the night before I planned on taking caster oil labor started. All the best I hope it works quickly!!!!

Caroline - posted on 03/15/2009

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Hi. Poor you - I tried a lot of things to bring on labour first time round - acupuncture, reflexology, hot curry s*x, raspberry leaf tea . . . None of it worked - babies come when they're ready or the hospital decides to induce (a thing I'd resist if poss as labour is way more painful after induction). Good luck though - I'm sure your little one won't keep you waiting too much longer. C xx

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