I did castor oil with my youngest...he will be 2 in Oct. I tried the castor oil 4-5 times and he came out perfectly healthy. Only real worry is that the baby poops in the uterus before birth, other than that it has not been proven to cause any real significant issues.
Anyways, Castor oil doesn't always work. It is thought that the cramps from having diarreah (diarrhea)(sp) will bring on contractions by aggravating the uterus. If the castor oil has not sent you into labor yet....it more than likely won't be effective at all.
There are no real ways to naturally induce labor, baby will make that call on his/her own when he/she is ready.
The worry is not that the baby poops in the uterus, it is that the baby poops in the uterus and breathes it in, in the amniotic fluid, and can get a severe pneumonia from it. I wouldn't try it again if it didn't work now. 39 weeks is not 40 weeks, you're not even due yet.
Why are you trying to induce labor if you are only 39 weeks? I have never used castor oil, and I never would. I have never heard any great stories about it and it is has no evidence to support that it is safe & effective. I would just wait until your next appointment and maybe ask your OB to do a membrane sweep. Good luck, and hang in there! You are almost there!
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