caster oil how to use?

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Sarah - posted on 05/10/2012

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She asked how to do it, not for judgment on whether or not she should. I replied to the question she asked. I stated my experience and my reasons. She will make the decision she feels is right for her and it isn't for anyone to judge. My doc recommended it because of my desire to deliver when I had family there to help. People may not agree with the decision, but it was right for us.

Sarah - posted on 05/10/2012

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I did it with my second (and it worked). I took 2 oz (60ml or 4tbsp) followed by a large glass of fruit juice. It didn't do anything, not even the runs. 8 hours later I took 1 more oz (15ml or 2tbsp) with another glass of fruit juice. An hour later I was in the washroom (for about an hour and a half - can't say it was much fun). Then I went to bed and started having contractions. My daughter was born 6 hours later. I took it on the suggestion of my doctor. I also had had my membranes swept that day, an induction massage, and drank about 4 cups of red raspberry leaf tea. I'm not sure which particular one of those things worked, or a combination of any of them, but I was so happy to give birth! And before anyone rushes to judge me (as I'm sure they will), My doctor did suggest it. I had been on crutches for 2 weeks because of her lay cutting off both my sciatic nerves and I had no sensation from mid-thigh down. It was very difficult chasing after a 22m old on crutches. I had no family in town and was able to arrange a particular period of dates for them to be there for help, otherwise I had the chance of not having my husband there because I had no one else to watch my son. I delivered at term. By dates I would have been 41 weeks, but U/S 38 (but there's no way this was accurate or I wouldn't have been pregnant yet when I found out I was), so my doc thinks somewhere in between. My daughter was healthy, active, and screaming at birth. Do what you think is right for you. Good luck.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2012

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What are you planning on using it for? If it is to bring on your labour, that is a REALLY bad idea. It can harm the baby.

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Madelaine - posted on 05/14/2012

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Dont! It's disgusting. Having babies is very tiring. Wait and enjoy the silence. Good luck!

Stifler's - posted on 05/12/2012

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Don't. It causes diarrhoea and dehydration. Not good for you or the baby or your impending labour.

Tina - posted on 05/12/2012

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Even after taking castor oil with my first labour was long I was I ended up having my waters broken and having the drip put in lost alot of blood was dehydrated. I ended up having a c section. I just wish I hadn't listened to the advice of my mum. What ever you do run it by your doctor first. It's better to be safe than sorry. Castor oil may or may not have caused my complications but I still wished I hadn't tried it.

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2012

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Mec actually occurs when the baby is in distress. Cord problems DEFINITELY could cause it. Don't beat yourself up Heather, you can't change what happened, but I'm willing to bet it had nothing to do with your actions at all.

Brianna - posted on 05/11/2012

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i wouldnt suggest using it but if u really want to use it you should ask ur doctor how much to take because it can be dangerous

Heather - posted on 05/11/2012

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Thanks for that info Sarah, I did end up having an emergency c-section due to cord problems. Maybe thats what caused it.. Ive just been filled w guilt for being impatient and drinking castor oil at 37.5 weeks to "naturally induce" my labor. If your baby IS born w any health concerns it's hard not to beat yourself up as the mother... My opinion is that it's just not worth it. I wish I would have waited it out. Best of luck to those who do try it!

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2012

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A baby can have mec whether you do Castor oil or not. Statistically you have a higher chance of this happening if you go past dates, have a difficult or prolonged labour, smoke, have poor intrauterine growth, or problems with the umbilical cord. In fact, there is little conclusive data that the castor oil can cause mec. Most women who have done it also have the #1 risk factor (past dates). Thousands of women have done it without complication. But just like anything with childbirth, nothing is guaranteed. Even without any risk factors something can go wrong (just as having risk factors for something doesn't mean it will go wrong). BTW, my medically induced labour with my 1st was 100 times worse than my naturally induced labour.

Heather - posted on 05/11/2012

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I drank 3 oz and my baby had meconium in his water; it made us both crap our brains out- he went straight to THE NICU!! Pla think twice!

Colleen - posted on 05/11/2012

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I did the same prescribed dosage as Sarah, which my mid wife advised. It was take Castor Oil or be induced the next day since I was 2 weeks over due. My son was born in 3 hours health and screaming with no side effects to me or the baby. With my second son I did black and blue cohosh which tasted MUCH better and went down easy. This was also prescribed by my mid wife. It worked 1.5 hours of labor and we both felt great after.

Janya - posted on 05/10/2012

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I used castor oil with 2 of my children and it caused my waters to break both times which started labour off. It's not pleasant but it does work. I put a small bottle of it into coke or fruit juice. There were no harmful effect on my babies at all. I was induced with my last baby and that was much worse and took 30 hours to get me into labour. U think castor oil works more naturally.

Aunt Marty - posted on 05/10/2012

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I never took it but my sister took it with 4 out of 5 healthy children. One it did not start the labor, and she was told that unless you are within days of delivery to a it will not put you in labor. The other 3 she had a fast delivery with no complications. One of her daughters used it to with 3 healthy children and it worked with no complications
Now to answer your question, she dumped a small bottle into a glass of orange juice and quickly gulped it down. Our babies were only 3 weeks apart, I had planned on takiong it 2 weeks later, but after watching her drink down that oily drink...I just couldn't do it, decided to just let the baby come with he wanted to.

Kaye - posted on 05/10/2012

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I did it with all three of my babies & had them right on the correct dates... Just a table spoon was enough to help my labour on.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2012

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IF she makes the decision, she shouldn't do it without medical consultation. That's my point.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2012

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@ Sarah, if you don't want to be judged because your doctor advised it, then why tell this woman how to use it rather than suggesting she consult her doctor? You've just given her exactly what she asked for, without the benefit of the medical advice and consultation that you had.

Mandi - posted on 05/10/2012

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Please, please, please don't do it. It could harm the baby and you've been waiting for the birth of your precious little bundle.

There are lots of other ways to start things off, raspberry leaf tea, pineapple (my particular fav, loved pineapple in pregnancy), the obvious one :), go for a nice long walk. Your midwife/doctor can do sweeps etc to get things started.

When bubba's ready to make his/her appearance into the world, they'll let you know. Good luck xxxxx

Tina - posted on 05/10/2012

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Please don't do it. I did it on the advice of my mum was the biggest mistake I made. I did go into labour eventually but I was due anyway. But it can severely dehydrate you and draw out labour. I wished I'd just let it all happen on it own. Although it was very uncomfortable I found myself having a very long labour going to the toilet alot. I really wish I hadn't done it. My chances of having a baby naturally were near impossible anyway but that made matters worse.

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How to use castor oil? Put it back on the shelf and let your labor happen naturally. If you have issues and need to be induced, your doctor will do it in a controlled and safe environment. All castor oil does is make you poop. When your bowel muscles are stimulated, it "CAN" also stimulate other muscles in that area to contract (your uterus is a muscle, basically). BUT, from what I've heard and read, it's not safe to do.

Are you over-due or just tired of being pregnant?

Kaitlin - posted on 05/10/2012

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DON"T.
It's a very potent laxative that can be damaging if taken while pregnant- even at the end. Do NOT do it.

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