Momma was in a rush! Kendra Duggar drank castor oil to speed up her delivery with her second child.
“We did some castor oil and it seems to be doing. I would say we’re definitely in labor,” Kendra Duggar said in an episode of Counting On that aired on Monday, November 25th, 2019.
Kendra Duggar- wife to Joeseph Duggar of the famous reality TV family 19 Kids and Counting- decided to consume castor oil because she wanted to hurry and deliver her baby. Castor oil usage is an old wives' tale that's supposed to make pregnant women contract more and encourages the water to break so that they can deliver.
Castor oil usage for jump-starting labor can be dated back to the Egyptians; however, there are side effects to using castor oil while pregnant. It can cause spasms in the intestines which can stimulate the bowels and vagina nerve that forces contractions. However, not all women end up delivering early, and instead experience diarrhea, dehydration and/or exhaustion. Studies have followed this old remedy, and while no real harm can be done to a pregnant woman or unborn baby, it's best to not chance it. After all, nothing is worse than being overdue and dehydrated with diarrhea.
On Saturday, November. 2nd, 2019, Kendra and Joe Duggar welcomed daughter Addison to the world. The couple already has a 17-month-old son named Garrett together. Yet the TLC personalities feel that they can juggle two children. Kendra, 21 and Joe 24, told Us Weekly that they've adjusted to having two young children in the home already.
“We’ve quickly adjusted to being a family of four. Our new pastime is staring and smiling at this precious new face! Garrett is very interested in his new sister. We may be a little tired but what we lack on sleep has been made up in happiness,” the Duggars explained.
Balancing two young babies under the age of two isn't easy. You'll be potty training back-to-back, and if you're breastfeeding, that's roughly four years of doing it. Once they get older, it gets easier- but those first three to five years are brutal.
But there are a lot of pros of having children close in age. Children who are close in age typically have closer relationships. They're also literally growing up together- and if you teach one, you teach the other as well. The other plus side is that your children share similar schedules. You can feed them together and give them naps at the same time- all of which will give mommy and daddy a much-needed break.