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*ETA*My confession: My baby was born "early" on purpose.
by Anonymous
October 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM
My DS is now 6 months old and this is the first time I've ever admitted this; he was 4 weeks early and I made myself go into labor. He's my 2nd, and I was 36 weeks. I was miserable, HUGE, I was already 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced at my OB appt the day before I decided to drink castor oil. OB said it was probably going to be weeks before DS was here, but my body could just tell he was ready. I'd been having contractions off and on for weeks. I'd heard about it, and after doing some research online, I figured what the hell. I got off work, bought some castor oil, mixed 2oz of it with 4 oz of orange juice and slammed it. Worst thing I've ever tasted.

I started having strong contractions about 4 hours later, and about 16 hours later I was holding my perfectly healthy, 8 lb 1 oz baby boy!

OB said I was lucky to not have gone another 4 weeks or he'd have been over 10 lbs and I wouldn't have been able to deliver vaginally. She's pretty sure they had my due date wrong.

I know it's stupid to rush your baby's birth and I don't suggest or recommend it to ANYONE. My husband still has no idea I did the castor oil.

There. There's my confession.

ETA; Because I'm not going to explain it 60 times, my OB didn't say it was IMPOSSIBLE to deliver a 10 lb baby. I'm well aware women do it all the time. However, *I* do not have a wide enough birth canal to barely accommodate an 8 lb baby, let alone 10 lbs. At 8 lbs 1 oz, delivery tore my pelvic floor muscle, tore my rectal muscle, I needed 40+ stitches, and broke my sons collar bone on the way out. My OB said had he gone another 4 weeks, I *PROBABLY* would've ended up with an emergency C section.
So I repeat, she never once told me no one in the history of the world has ever delivered a 10 lb baby, regardless of YOUR stature, YOUR experience, what you, your sister, your husbands long lost cousin was only 5'0" 90 lbs and gave birth to a 13 lb baby. Every woman's body is different and it makes me sad for the female race that this has to be explained.


  • thefiregoddess
    October 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM
    Did you get diarrhea?
  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    October 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM
  • epoh
    by epoh
    October 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM
    I had contractions from 18 weeks on. In no way is that an indication that the baby is ready to be born.
  • bowribbonmama
    October 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM
    You didn't make yourself go into labour, your body was ready.
  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    October 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM
  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    Not really. I only pooped twice, and it wasn't really diarrhea. I was done with the pooping before I was about 4 cm.

    Quoting thefiregoddess:

    Did you get diarrhea?

  • MrsRinehart2010
    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

     I couldnt imagine you know how many women would love to carry full term including my self?

    Im not having any morebabies becuase I know I suffer from extreme preterm labor in all my pregnancys an start going into labor at 6m onths. My youngest was lucky enough to make it to 34 weeks :O(

    Makes me sad to see women not enjoy thier pregnancy when some women work soo hard to keep thier pregnancys going for the safety of thier babies :O(

    Okay my rant over an I guess to each thier own . luckly your baby came our okay!

  • MrsFlores_2006
    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    I don't blame u. At least he was healthy and ready to come out.

    Ps... i didn't know castor oil really worked, good info ;) lol!
  • ilovemykids323
    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    no thank you... i'll never touch the stuff. i' love for 1 baby to be afew days early mine have all been late but i'd never touch castor oil... :)

  • Anonymous 4
    by Anonymous 4
    October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    I blame it on late stage pregnant crazies lol

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