Inducing Labor

Anneliese - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 80 moms have responded )

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I am 39wks pregnant and I am wondering if taking Castrol Oil really works. If so where do you get it.I have tried going for walks excerises, having sex eating spicy foods , drinking raspberry loose tea nothing has worked I am so ready to have my baby

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Mary - posted on 02/10/2010

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No, castor oil does not work. It may make you contract, but you will not go into labor until your body is ready to do so. Sex is the best of them all for cervical ripening, because of the prostaglandins in semen. Again, it can make you contract like crazy, and a bit needlessly uncomfortable, but unless your body is ready....

I'm sure there are tons of women on here who will give you anecdotal stories about how eating at Taco Bell, or doing yoga put them into labor, and I'm sure that is their PERCEPTION of what happened. Truth is, they probably would have gone into labor at that time anyway, with or without that burrito. Sorry you're feeling done...it sucks at the end, but remember, the end IS near! Good luck!

Bridgette - posted on 02/13/2010

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There has been no proof that it works.. the thought behind it is that you get your body working "down there" by having BM's... HOWEVER... if it doesn't work (and probably won't if your body is just not ready for labor) you are stuck with an upset crampy stomach and diahrea...

Pamela - posted on 02/11/2010

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First...relax! Your baby will come when he/she is ready...it's not on your time frame:) Secondly, for God's sake do not take Castrol Oil as that is an automotobile oil!~ The oil you are referring to is Castor Oil and is readily available over the counter at any drug store, Target, Meijer and the like. Having said that...Castor Oil lubricates your intestines...not your uterus. It will only act as a laxative. Patience hon")

Helen - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi, I think you may mean "Castor Oil", Castrol Oil is a brand name for car oils - and taking that would certainly be a no no.... It is an old wives tale to take Castor Oil - where to get it????? Couldn't help you there. My second son decided to be late, 2 weeks infact. And even after having the gel inducement etc in the hospital he still didn't come. So at almost 42 weeks, oxytocin was used and within the hour my baby arrived. However, if this is your first, you should try and hold out as inducement is often very quick and very painful - with little to no time for any of the pain relief options available for a natural birth. Hang in there - I know it's hard at this stage. But if bubba's not quite ready - don't rush them along!! Goodluck!!

Kate CP - posted on 02/10/2010

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Castrol oil is really dangerous and you shouldn't try it. Walk, have sex, and just wait for baby to show up on his own.

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Tarah - posted on 02/26/2010

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Congrats on the baby bot he was born 3 days before my son turned 1... i was going to say take a hot shower or bath since that is what i did when i was a week late on having my son... Again Congrats!!!

Anneliese - posted on 02/26/2010

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Thanks Ladies I didn't use Castor Oil . I took a hot bath and by the next evening I was in labour had a baby boy on Feb 21 2010

Heather - posted on 02/22/2010

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no castor oil doesnt work and its not reccomended by doctors at all because if you take too much since it is a diretic it could cause dehydration...be careful and be paitent the baby will come at a unexpected time but hopefully soon...good luck

Jasmin - posted on 02/21/2010

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40 weeks is full term. Your baby and your body will come together and you will have your baby when the baby is fully ready to come. I am a big advocate for natural labors and letting your baby and body do there thing.

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Castor not only doesn't work to help labor it is a laxative and thats not going to make you any more comfortable just very busy going to the bathroom and maybe very sore. Just wait tell the time comes.

Renee - posted on 02/19/2010

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A full term baby goes to 40wks, but nine months just sounds better. Sorry, I know you are miserable, however determining due dates is not an exact science. Its more of a best guess some are more accurate than others. My doctor stopped my labor saying my daughter was too small and only 36wk. Two weeks later with no painful signs of labor until it was to late to stop, my third and last child was born. It was then they realized that she was actually 42wks. I was scheduled for a C-section the following Friday, she would have been 43wks then. They will come when they are ready, as long as there are no problems try to be patient. At least it is not hot!!!!!!!!!!! My first was born twenty years ago in September in Florida, the hottest time of the year. When that beautiful bundle is here we all realize the wait wasn't that bad. If all else fails you could try a bikini wax I had one three hours before my daughter was born. *A word of caution when my water broke she came with it, so if you get one lay down as soon as possible.* LOL
You and your family are in our prayers,
A friend who knows your pain
Renee

Alexandra - posted on 02/18/2010

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Why rush!? Let your body finish what it started. Enjoy it, even now, because it will be over more quickly than you realize!

Shannon - posted on 02/18/2010

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Some do say Castor oil works. It will either kick you into labor or give you the runs...not a great alternative. From my own experience having had a few natural and a few inductions...let your body do what God intended for it to do. Oxytocin is not pleasant, is hard on your body and the baby and recovery after birth is harder vs. just letting nature take it's course. Two of my baby's were 14 and 15 days late...but sometimes I don't think the little spinners the drs. use are all that accurate when telling us when we are due. Drs. these days try to control everything...I say let your body dictate unless you or babe are in danger. Best of luck to you for a smooth, happy and loving delivery.

Dawn - posted on 02/17/2010

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Honestly your body will have the ultimate decision on when your baby is ready to come out. Trust me I have 7 children. But I am also studying to be a midwife and I know a few tricks that are completely natural. Castol oil doesn't really help. What it does is makes you have diarrhea and some believe that makes you contract. Now if you roll your nipples in between your finger tips it lets off a hormone in your body that makes your utetus contract. Its the same chemical that is in Pitocin. You should know that it doesn't happen quickly so you should be patient and have your partner help you. Also it might sound nasty but if you can have your partner use his fingers deep inside of you in a sweeping motion it will scrape the membranes which could definetly make your body respond. Good luck, and let me know if either worked

Patricia - posted on 02/17/2010

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Be careful you don't take it before your due.When I used it I had a slice of bread to dry the oil up in my mouth and a glass of orange juice. Also follow it up with a hot cup of tea. It takes a little time to work so be patient, but believe me it works.

Laura - posted on 02/17/2010

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I have used Castrol Oil my last two children. It worked for me, but be careful it will clean you out if you get too much. I took a tablespoon at a time with grape juice. I tried it slowly. If your cervix is ready it will go fast. My last two kids were very fast. I had one in 20 min. and the other was less than that after I got to the hosp.

Angela - posted on 02/17/2010

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didn't work for me either & it tastes disgusting!! i tried all the same things & my daughter came 4 days late when she was ready!!

Crystal - posted on 02/17/2010

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Ok this sounds way too familiar!! With my first child 10 years ago my grandmother told me to do this. It is great if you need to be cleaned out, but as for inducing labor NO! It won't harm you in any way, it is just an old wives tale. They used to do it back in the day thinking that because you were constantly on the toilet pushing something else out that you would bring on your labor. If you still want to try it you can buy it at any drug store. Just ask for it. I have heard there are certain pressure points by your ankles that induce labor, but that could be a myth to. Ask your Dr.

Dorothy - posted on 02/17/2010

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Anneliese, I read in a book to rub the castrol on your stomach and drink raspberry hot tea. I tried it with my youngest and it worked for me. Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 02/17/2010

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DO NOT get castor oil not onlyy will ou cramp up VIOLENTLY BUT if it gives you diarhea WHICH IT WILL it will do the same to baby. THATS VERY DANGEROUS AS THE BABY CAN ASPIRATE MECONIUM AND can cause serious complications!! I know how frustrating it can be to wait and be so uncomfortable BUT it's part of the deal!! Practice that patience youre gonna need it!

Joanne - posted on 02/17/2010

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i have heard that castor oil used in this way can burst your bladder so please avoid this old wives tale. it will be worth the wait in the end. not long now! xx

Britne - posted on 02/17/2010

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just have patience your bundle of joy will be here in no time...just enjoy what sleep your getting..i say no to induced labor unlesss you or baby is in trouble...goood luck with everything!!

Jenna - posted on 02/17/2010

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I ate caster oil and drank rasberry tea the night before my son was born. So i'm not sure if it's just an old wifes tale or if its real. But, you should drink rasberry tea too. Never hurts to try!

Sara - posted on 02/17/2010

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I tried it about that stage of my pregnancy. All it did for me was give me intense abdominal cramping ( which in theory can bring on labor ) and 2 hours of diarrea. Not fun. I still didn't go into labor for another week. You can get Castor oil at pretty much any health food store or pharmacy.

JoAnn - posted on 02/17/2010

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Castor Oil will make you go to the bathroom... that's about it. I know this because I did it years ago. The doctor told mom that if I cramped and had a baby then I was going to go into labor anyway... if I had a BM then I needed to do that instead.

Elisa - posted on 02/17/2010

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Well I have mixed feelings, my mother tried it 35 years ago and my brother was born on my father's 35th birthday. I tried it 20 years ago and it did not work for me. It is the worst thing to take, just let this child bless you one his/her own day. Good luck!

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since when was it up to the carrying mother to determine when the baby was ready to come into the world? LOL only thing i ever heard that all those things ever did was cause unnecessary pain. who really wants that?
none of it probably would've helped me anyway, i only ever dilated 4 cm. on my own. had to be stretched to get to 7. but i push those huge heads out anyway. i refused pain killers and c-sections. though, i had to be chemically induced with my 2nd, turned out he was over due by a few weeks and being blocked by the sack of the fraternal twin i must have miscarried during the 1st trimester.
but good luck hope it's easy for you.

Dorothy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I asked my doctor when i was pregnant with my first and he said it was a waist of time. The theory on how it puts you into labour is that it gives you diahrea and cramps ( some people just get the cramps) and the cramps are what are supposed to send you into labour however he said he has yet to see it work. so i would not even try it. For me walking and stresss sent me into labour when i was overdue. good luck!!

Cmckirsten - posted on 02/17/2010

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I tried that once upon a time... lol. Gross!!

What worked for me (for my second pregnancy and vaginal birth) was a "labour-inducing massage" by an RMT. I then went home and did some gardening (down on my knees) and was in labour within 24 hours. This was 10 years ago, so I can't refer you to the same RMT, but I'm sure if you ask, they'll know what to do!!

A massage sure beats ingesting horrid things!!! (and feels great even if baby isn't quite ready to arrive yet!)

Take care!

Mary - posted on 02/17/2010

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I hope you mean CASTOR oil, lol.
If this is your first then sorry to say, it's likely to be late rather than early or even on time. The last few weeks can be tough, but just try to enjoy the sleeping through the night while you can. It will all end soon!

Anna - posted on 02/17/2010

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My Dr made me take it....I threw it up... their suggestion was to mix it in OJ or Root Beer.... But that I wouldn't drink what ever I picked for a long time.....I don't think I could drink Root Beer for 20 years after that! LOL Bottom line it sucks tastes awful and doesn't work. I walked five miles the day my son was born. That worked! What everyou do DON'T let em give you Pit ! Well unless you are having a epidural...everyone seems to be taking the easy way these days...I had 3 kids with no drugs at all.

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My doctor said that castor oil is too strong. It can make some women have one or two contractions and deliver their baby in 10min.! That doesn't happen to everyne, of course.

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Good grief, woman! You only have maybe a week or so left, if that! You've made it this far, let Mother Nature do her work and put the baby first! Of course you're sick of being pregnant but that is makes us as women so special. Hang in there, you'll be holding your little bundle in no time and wishing you had time to yourself again!

Megan - posted on 02/16/2010

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No it doesn't work, I tried this old wives tale when I was due for my !st baby, other than being so discusting to swollow no one told me you had to mix orange juice with it so I nearly thru up everytime I drank it, and the result a really bad case of the runs!!!!!!!!

Lindsay - posted on 02/16/2010

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I don't believe any of that works, I know its hard when your so close but just try to enjoy being pregnant Its a very special time in your life

Tiffani - posted on 02/16/2010

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Believe me... I definitly know what you mean! I have had 4 babies between 9lbs 2 oz and 12lbs. 9oz, I was UN-COM-FOR-TA-BLE! But while I have heard of a few people using the oil to induce labor, the docs say it is not a safe way to do it. If your in that much pain, talk to your doc about being induced early, otherwise, enjoy your last few days of peaceful (uncomfortable) sleep while you can! Your baby will come when he/she is ready!

Joy - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have given birth to four children and never tried any of the tricks or old wives' tales. Seriously if there is a problem your doctor will induce labor. I agree with all the women that say let nature take it's course. The baby will come when ready.

Karen - posted on 02/15/2010

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I tried so many things to get labor going. I was 2 days before my due date. I got things done around my housed during the day. My husband and I packed everything up that evening. We went to dinner at my favorite restaurant. Then, we walked the mall for hours. I started having contractions. We kept walking, and I had to stop and hold onto the rails. I had a banana cream pie shake from DQ. (The hospital discourages you from eating once you get there, because labor can make you throw up.) We went to the hospital at midnight.

Stephanie - posted on 02/15/2010

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maybe your baby isn't ready. don't force your body into something it may not be ready to do. i understand totally that you are more than ready, but remember it's about the baby now, not just you.

Cindy - posted on 02/15/2010

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Please do not try any remedies...your doctor will induce labor if needed..let nature take it course. Hang in there sweetie it's all worth it in the end when you have that little precious baby in your arms.

Krista - posted on 02/15/2010

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All castor oil will do is give you the runs -- not pleasant. Ask your man for a foot massage, and make sure he rubs around your ankles. There is an acupressure spot just below your anklebone that can help induce labour.

And yes, you could also get your membranes stripped, but if you're not dilated much, it HURTS. My ob-gyn did it, and I was only 1cm dilated, and I felt like I'd been raped by a hat rack.

Tracy - posted on 02/15/2010

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ask your Dr. to strip your membranes, I didn't ask for this because I did not know about it but my Dr. did this to me @ 38 weeks @ 3:30 in the afternoon & my baby was born @ 7:40pm that evening.

Mwrig133 - posted on 02/15/2010

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Try acupressure! Worked for me!! Apparently normally takes about 12 hrs. Good luck!

Wendy - posted on 02/14/2010

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Nothing makes the baby come quicker. Your baby will come when he or she is ready--not when you are. Castrol oil does not work, but induces serious vomitting which can be life threatening and has put people into the hospital. Danger there is that some will classify you as taking a poison and can have effects on you later. I wouldn't recommend that.

No doctor will leave the baby in further then is safe for either of you. Typically they won't do much until you are 42 weeks. Remember that 40 weeks is a typical pregnancy. Some are lucky and go early and most are around 40.

I know you're frustrated. We all were at the time our baby was "due" but in the end once that baby is there they will be worth all the wait.

Jona - posted on 02/14/2010

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yeah it does work. i believe my neice had tried the castrol oil. and i dont know where u can buy it at. It could be at walgreen.

Lisa - posted on 02/14/2010

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yes it does i took some the day before my son was due i took it with oj at 2 pm and had him at 930pm. 3 hours of labor and 3 pushes and there he was. and u can buy it a walmart.

Janice - posted on 02/14/2010

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Well it worked for me.... I was 40 weeks and wanted my son to come as my husband had a new job to start 2 weeks later and I rdidn't want to be home alone with a new baby.... The way ot works is that it will contract you bowls which in turn will contract your womb as they are close together. I did have a have a long hard labour as I dont think he was wanting to come out quite so soon. You will not be able to buy from chemist as they will not sell to you if you are heavily pregnant.. which was a sign to me that it could bring on labour.... i took a dose at 2pm and another at 8 pm and went into labout at 2am.... I have heard since that they dont recommend this anymore and that it can cause problems, but for me it worked.... guess you just have to make your own mind up... good luck .... and by the way I never had diahrea.....

Krystina - posted on 02/14/2010

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i tried everything wif my 1rst but to no avail did any methods work wif my 2nd my family bought a trampoline so i had a few bounces on it soon after my waters broke maybe it just was time or it was the bouncing ?

Tanya - posted on 02/14/2010

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I to used castor oil for my first child, for me it worked within 2 hours of using it I was in labor and delivered 5 hours later, however my daughter had her first poop inside of me, and she was in destress, and when she was delivered she had to be sucked out and put on oxygen, not what you want for an otherwise healthy baby. She is 9 now and at the age of 2 was diagnosed with athsma, the castor oil may have played a role according to her pediatrition. I used it because many family members had used it for their pregnancy and mentioned it to me because I was 7 days overdue. However I strongly advise against it, the health risks to your baby is to high.

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