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inducing. all opinions welcome. jess+2! :D 2 kids; 542 posts
24th Jul

Let me first say i am not really looking into either of these options, more curious than anything. and certainly not until im at least 39-40 weeks. (im only 37+3). i dont want to hurt my baby in any way, but ive done some research on castor oil and so far i havent really read anything horror-like besides diarrhea. I had.my own experience with pitocin and honestly im petrified to do it again if i go overdue because of all the issues of prolonging my labor but giving me stronger contractions and making my son go crazy in the womb. I guess my question is if YOU had to choose between TRYING to induce yourself with castor oil, or going to get induced with pitocin, which would you do or if youve done the castor oil, what was your experience? 

JΔ$ Georgia 76650 posts
status 24th Jul

I'd go two weeks over due before I even thought about induction. If I had to, I'd go with castor oil while being closely monitored.

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 4734 posts
24th Jul

i wouldnt do either. i wouldnt get induced until 45wks. 
and i wouldnt do the castor oil, it causes baby to poop in utero which can be fatal.

Mom2HMT Due January 1 (boy); 1 child; 4 angel babies; Iowa 893 posts
24th Jul

I had a really good experience and birth when I was induced with pitocin so I would probably just choose that again. I've actually never heard of the castor oil! 
Have you heard of or looked into the cervical tape as a method of being induced? It didn't work for me, but there was no harm in trying. I've heard others that it's worked for too. 
ETA: I would never choose any method of induction unless medically necessary, I'd rather just wait it out! 

Grumplestiltskin Due October 31 (boy); 4 kids; United States 629 posts
24th Jul

Did castor oil with my first. Shit my brains out (and the CRAMPS, holy hell!!). Didn't induce labor. I went to 41 weeks with him and then was induced and ended up with a c-section. 

Did castor oil with my fourth at the recommendation of my OB (which should have told me something right there) and same thing happened. Shit my brains out, didn't bring on labor, went to 41 weeks, had a repeat c-section.

Basically, castor oil isn't going to do anything unless your baby is ready to be born. Same with any other "natural" method of induction.

I personally wouldn't choose pitocin, either. I'd wait it out. But, that's just me. After having been through both and ending up with c-sections both times, I'd much rather just let baby come when he's ready.

J ♥ C [squared] 2 kids; Coitus, NY, United States 6691 posts
24th Jul

Neither. Just leave it alone. 

jess+2! :D 2 kids; 542 posts
24th Jul

Quoting MotherFalcon+2:
i wouldnt do either. i wouldnt get induced until 45wks. 
and i wouldnt do the castor oil, it causes baby to poop in utero which can be fatal.


45 weeks is very dangerous. ._.

αuτumnαl ~, FL, United States 67295 posts
24th Jul

Quoting MotherFalcon+2:
i wouldnt do either. i wouldnt get induced until 45wks. 
and i wouldnt do the castor oil, it causes baby to poop in utero which can be fatal.



Shy

Wait that long you may not have a healthy or live baby.

Maggie G Due March 14; TTC since Jul 2014; 6 kids; Atlanta, GA, United States 4125 posts
24th Jul

Quoting MotherFalcon+2:
i wouldnt do either. i wouldnt get induced until 45wks. 
and i wouldnt do the castor oil, it causes baby to poop in utero which can be fatal.


45 weeks?? Surprised

Dwight Schrute 2 kids; Somewhere, TX, United States 2196 posts
24th Jul

Pitocin. Because you can't shit out a baby. 

JΔ$ Georgia 76650 posts
status 24th Jul

Quoting мɑkɑnɑni:


Shy

Wait that long you may not have a healthy or live baby.


Mummy baby.

J ♥ C [squared] 2 kids; Coitus, NY, United States 6691 posts
24th Jul

Quoting MotherFalcon+2:
i wouldnt do either. i wouldnt get induced until 45wks. 
and i wouldnt do the castor oil, it causes baby to poop in utero which can be fatal.


It's a good thing no one would let you go that long overdue. 

JΔ$ Georgia 76650 posts
status 24th Jul

Quoting jess+2! :D:

45 weeks is very dangerous. ._.


She's a whacko, don't mind her.

Stan Smith 2 kids; Langley Falls, VA, United States 4973 posts
status 24th Jul

Oh God here we go.

45 weeks in a van down by the river.

jess+2! :D 2 kids; 542 posts
24th Jul

Quoting Mom2HMT:
I had a really good experience and birth when I was induced with pitocin so I would probably just choose that again. I've actually never heard of the castor oil! 
Have you heard of or looked into the cervical tape as a method of being induced? It didn't work for me, but there was no harm in trying. I've heard others that it's worked for too. 
ETA: I would never choose any method of induction unless medically necessary, I'd rather just wait it out! 


I havent heard of that. My doctor only said hed do pitocin then break my water or break my water first. Both of those options didnt sound very inviting to me.