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Bowel movement in womb? Bailey May Due August 28 (boy); 1 child; Indiana 118 posts
18th Aug '11

Ok, So my midwife told me it was now safe for me to take castor oil to induce my labor. My mom has been trying to get me to take it for almost 2 weeks now. Well my mom called me today, after my midwife gave me the ok, and told me to now NOT take castor oil because it will cause my son to have a BM in the womb and it could kill him.
My mom has sworn by castor oil since she had my oldest sister. She has never shown any concerns about taking it. Now all of the sudden, when I am okayed to take it, she sings a different tune.
So my question is, have any of you ladies had a baby who did have their first BM in the womb? If so, what happened? Were they taken to NICU? Were you still able to hold the baby? Was breastfeeding still possible? This is my second child, but I didn't have this issue with my daughter, and my husband and I decided that I was going to take the castor oil tonight when he gets home from work. I would like to know the risks I am putting on my baby before I do it, since my midwife told me it was safe to take, as long as I don't take more than a tablespoon at a time

JessicaHC 1 child; Pennsylvania 1303 posts
18th Aug '11

I thought babies had BM in the womb and its stored in theyre intestines.. I dunno

Grniz 2 kids; Illinois 45669 posts
18th Aug '11

I had a bm in my mom she didnt hold me for like 6 hours after I was born.

Meℓony ♥ 1 child; Huntsville, AL, United States 3798 posts
18th Aug '11

sounds ridiculous to me..



but I wouldn't really know from experience.

yo gabby gabby 4 kids; Arizona 42570 posts
18th Aug '11

there is a risk because it could be a huge danger to the baby if the poop in the womb.
plus it doesn't necesarily put you into labor and it will cause you to shit your brains out. seriously

the dangers outweigh the benefit in this case i think.

why are you not waiting for it to happen on it's own?

amanda+2 2 kids; Tampa, Florida 4100 posts
18th Aug '11
Quoting Bailey May:" Ok, So my midwife told me it was now safe for me to take castor oil to induce my labor. My mom has been ... [snip!] ... my baby before I do it, since my midwife told me it was safe to take, as long as I don't take more than a tablespoon at a time"


why would you even think of taking castor oil now? you're still like 2 weeks from your due date?!?!?! the baby will come when it is ready!!! you chose to have sex and get pregnant, pregnancies are up to 42 weeks!! just hold it out

Bailey May Due August 28 (boy); 1 child; Indiana 118 posts
18th Aug '11

My nephew had a BM in the womb, but he was fine. My sister wasnt allowed to hold him for about 10 mins bc they were making sure he hadnt swallowed any. But I've heard cases where the baby was taken to NICU and not allowed to be held or breastfed.

Squeaky McGee [6 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65192 posts
18th Aug '11

No, no, no. Castor Oil does not pass through the placenta, and it does not directly cause the baby to pass meconium. Castor Oil can trigger really strong contractions, and if those contractions get strong enough, it can deprive the baby of oxygen. When the baby is hypoxic (not getting enough oxygen), it causes the anal sphincter to relax, and that's why they say Castor Oil causes the baby to poop in the womb. However, it's much more likely for a post-term babies (42+ weeks) to pass meconium.

user banned 2 kids; Grand Rapids, Michigan 21095 posts
18th Aug '11

If a baby releases Meconium in the womb and inhales it it can cause massive infections not only for the baby but for you as well.

yo gabby gabby 4 kids; Arizona 42570 posts
18th Aug '11

I still dont get why you are doing it this early?

Squeaky McGee [6 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65192 posts
18th Aug '11
Quoting Bailey May:" My nephew had a BM in the womb, but he was fine. My sister wasnt allowed to hold him for about 10 mins ... [snip!] ... sure he hadnt swallowed any. But I've heard cases where the baby was taken to NICU and not allowed to be held or breastfed."


Babies don't breathe in utero, so the risk is breathing in the meconium after they're born. If the amniotic fluid is stained with meconium, the nurses have to suction the baby's nose and mouth as soon as it's head emerges from the birth canal, so they don't breathe it in.

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
18th Aug '11

I had an emergency c-section because of my little shit, I mean Heathen.
They checked her out as soon she came out, and she was fine enough to not have to be in the NICU

jazzzzz* 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 7558 posts
18th Aug '11

wait your midwife, told you it was okay? sounds fishy

yo gabby gabby 4 kids; Arizona 42570 posts
18th Aug '11
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" Babies don't breathe in utero, so the risk is breathing in the meconium after they're born. If the amniotic ... [snip!] ... have to suction the baby's nose and mouth as soon as it's head emerges from the birth canal, so they don't breathe it in."



but they are breathing the amniotic fluid untill they take their first gasp of oxygen when they are born.
so they can still breathe in the meconium while in the womb

Michelle ~*~Aden's Mommy~ 2 kids; Florida 386 posts
18th Aug '11

there are risk taking castor oil, like it will make you (and possibly baby) poo like crazy and if baby has bm in womb they can ingest it (they swollow and breathe the amonic fluid) and possibly die from it... my cousin had a bm in my aunt and as soon as they found out they did an emergancy csection at 34 weeks