There are mixed reactions to castor oil.
My personal take is what we ingest into our bodies during pregnancy also goes into baby, right? So if castor oil make us sick and poo, then what do you think its gonna do to baby? If baby poos in the uterus, those toxins can cause problems. It's a chance I am not willing to take. But as someone who is 40+4, and with extra pain the entire pregnancy due to a fibroid thats as big as a softball down by baby's head....I understand pain...ultimately I think baby will come when baby is ready....if baby cones after trying something, its more of a coincidence then the result of pineapple or tea.
If I were you I would want him to stay in longer to develop more. Go on the march of dimes web page and read the research about how much safer it is not to try to induce or be induced even though you are considered "full term". You can be dialated at 3 for a few weeks before labor starts. Let that baby cook a little longer. He will come when he is ready.
Your due August 3rd, its not the time to induce labor, leave that up to your Dr. and you keep this up you will harm the baby, there's a reason why he's not coming out, he's not ready!
Wow! Let the baby grow and develop as much as it needs too before delivering if you're already focusing more on yourself then the health of the baby I can only imagine when is born and type not the center of attention, you're a parent now! The health and well being of you're child should be your number one priority!
So if you're 37 weeks and 1 day, take into consideration the two week variation window of your due date and consider your baby may only be 35 weeks. Now is not the time for you to be inducing your own labour. You could be harming your baby, whose lungs would not be fully developed yet. You could give your child all sorts of health problems by continuing to do what you have been doing. Your baby will not come until he or she is ready. So just enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy
I went into labor naturally at 37 weeks...don't know the reason....just started contracting one morning and by the time I got to the hospital I was 8 cm already.....my baby had to stay in nicu for a week because of breathing problems....why would anybody induce a labor without good medical reason is beyond me.......
It's kinda bothersome all the things you've put into your body while pregnant. Also what you are willing to do to induce labor. You have only three weeks left. You can't wait? Trust me, alot of us are in way more pain and are being patient for the sake of the baby. You'll probably have the baby sooner anyways, RELAX!
Castor oil cam cause baby to have its first bowel movements before its born, which can be extremelly dangerous. I personally dont believe anyone should use it, I think healthy self induction methods, like pineapple, and rasberry leaf tea, sex and walking are fine, but dont start pushing it until at least 39-40 weeks.
I would suggest not trying things like castor oil unless you have been told to by a midwife or you do extensive research first. Also I get you are uncomfortable but baby needs to finish developing and absoloutly should not be forced out before it is ready. There is a reason doctors don't like to induce before 40 weeks. If your doctor felt you are too small to carry to term they would have induced you but you absoloutly should not be trying to get things going at only 37 weeks. You could end up with a very sick baby.
Ok, so if you're 37w there is a high chance your baby is only 35 weeks old. Here are a list of problems your baby has a high likelihood of facing should you continue to try force your body into labour and forcing your child to be born prematurely.
More infants die from pre-term causes than any other cause.
A baby born at 35w has a higher chance of being born with Jaundice, suffer from breathing problems and having a long hospital stay once born. They also have a higher probability of being born with a disability such as cerebal palsy as they are born before thet have the chance to develop properly.
Your babys suck swallow breathe reflex will not be properly formed, therefore feeding naturally will probably be an issue as your baby will physically struggle to feed.
They have a higher chance of suffering from Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) as their lungs aren't fully developed, and they will struggle to breathe. They may also develop chronic lung disease known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia
They may also suffer from Apnoes and Bradycardia - Apnea is a temporary pause (more than fifteen seconds) in breathing that is common in preterm infants. It often is associated with a decline in the heart rate, called bradycardia.
The most common heart problems premature babies experience are patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and low blood pressure (hypotension). PDA, which tends to affect babies born before 30 weeks, is a persistent opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. While this heart defect often closes on its own, left untreated it can cause too much blood to flow through the heart and cause heart failure as well as other complications. Low blood pressure may require adjustments in intravenous fluids, medicines, and sometimes blood transfusions.
Temperature control problems. Premature babies can lose body heat rapidly; they don't have the stored body fat of a full-term infant and they can't generate enough heat to counteract what's lost through the surface of their bodies. If body temperature dips too low, hypothermia can result. Hypothermia in a preemie can lead to breathing problems and low blood sugar levels. In addition, a preemie may use up all of the energy gained from feedings just to stay warm, not to grow bigger.
Preemies are likely to have immature gastrointestinal systems. The earlier a baby is born, the greater his or her risk is of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This potentially serious condition, in which the cells lining the bowel wall are injured, primarily occurs in premature babies after they start feeding.
An underdeveloped immune system, common in premature babies, can lead to infection. Infection in a premature baby can quickly spread to the bloodstream causing sepsis, a life-threatening complication. As a result, when a preemie's condition is getting worse, your baby's doctor might check for an infection — even if there's no fever. Often, in such situations, your baby may be given antibiotics until it's apparent that there's no infection.
In the long term, premature birth may lead to these complications:
Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury to a preemie's developing brain either during pregnancy or while the baby is still young and immature.
Impaired cognitive skills. Premature babies are more likely to lag behind their full-term counterparts on various developmental milestones. Upon school age, a child who was born prematurely might be more likely to have learning disabilities.
Vision problems. Preemies born before 30 weeks may develop retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that occurs when blood vessels swell and overgrow in the light-sensitive layer of nerves at the back of the eye (retina). Sometimes the abnormal retinal vessels gradually scar the retina, pulling it out of position. When the retina is pulled away from the back of the eye it's called retinal detachment, a condition that, if undetected, can impair vision and cause blindness.
Hearing problems. Premature babies are at increased risk of some degree of hearing loss
Dental problems. Preemies who have been critically ill are at increased risk of developing dental problems, such as delayed tooth eruption, tooth discoloration and improperly aligned teeth.
Behavioral and psychological problems. Children who experienced premature birth are more likely than full-term infants to have certain behavioral and psychological problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression or generalized anxiety, and difficulties interacting with kids their own age
Chronic health issues. Premature babies are more likely to have chronic health issues — some of which may require hospital care — than are full-term infants. Infections, asthma and feeding problems are more likely to develop or persist. Premature infants are also at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
For some premature babies, difficulties may not appear until later in childhood or even adulthood. Not performing well in school is often a prime concern. Some studies suggest that premature babies may face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
As for the castor oil, the earlier posters were correct in that by continiously drinking castor oil to kick start your labour, you not only affect your bowels, but those of your baby as well. If your baby's bowels open prior to you giving birth, they have a high chance of developing Meconium aspiration syndrome. The inhaled meconium can partially or completely block the baby's airways. Although air can flow past the meconium trapped in the baby's airways as the baby breathes in, the meconium becomes trapped in the airways when the baby breathes out. And so, the inhaled meconium irritates the baby's airways and makes it difficult to breathe.
MAS can affect the baby's breathing in a number of ways, including chemical irritation to the lung tissue, airway obstruction by a meconium plug, infection, and the inactivation of surfactant by the meconium (surfactant is a natural substance that helps the lungs expand properly).
The severity of MAS depends on the amount of meconium the baby inhales as well as underlying conditions, such as infections within the uterus or postmaturity (when a baby is overdue, or more than 40 weeks' gestational age). Generally, the more meconium a baby inhales, the more serious the condition.
All this infro is researched and validated by Doctors and other health / medical / psychological professionals. I hope that you read this and stop trying to force your baby out of your womb before it is developmentally and psychologically ready to be born, be a mother plese and give your baby the chance it deserves to reach its full potential.
Read this website has some simple flexing u can do that might help get ur labor started after it stalls. http://www.spinningbabies.com/more-info/for-pregnancy/weekly-activities
It would be best for baby to stay in longer. 37 weeks is no longer concidered full term. 37 -38 weeks is now considered early term and 39-40 weeks is full term. The reason for this is because they have discovered that there is still a lot of brain development going on at weeks 37-38.
I'm not going to insult you but I want to share my experience. When I was 20 I found out I was pregnant a month before my 21st birthday. at that time I was a heavy drinker knowing I was only about 3 weeks I stopped immediately. drinking didn't cause a huge issue with my daughter since I stopped right away but I did go through a lot of stress and near the end I wanted her out and I didn't listen to a word anyone said. I tried castor oil. did it 4 times at 38 weeks. just cause my one friend who had kids told me to. Well when she was born she had jaundice and was in nicu for 2 weeks cause it caused her to have a bowel movement and ingest it. I informed my doctor before her birth and even through untrasound they said she was fine but after she was born she wasn't. she was on medicine for a month. She's perfectly healthy now but will always have a poor immune system and can not go near anyone sick or she gets it bad she's had croup and h1n1. from my experience I never did it with my two other pregnancies cause I realised my selfishness affected her. if you feel baby is going to come soon and dr has okayed it do natural things like walk or have sex. don't ingest things. Because of me my daughter had to suffer and watching her cry from sickness has torn my heart apart tons