5 thoughts on “Dr. Stu’s Podcast 146: Low Carbs & Castor Oil

  1. I researched castor oil a bunch with my first, because as a doula, I was very averse to induction. But I found myself in the situation where I felt it was my best option. I found exactly what you said- 2 tablespoons is the best and most effective dosage, administered twice. It worked perfectly for me and I took one dose at 11am, and another at 2pm, had my first mild contraction at 5, and baby born at 7:30pm. My midwife recommended 2 tablespoons mixed into vanilla ice cream, with root beer poured over. My sister was induced with castor oil and Foley in the hospital and she got more contractions from castor oil than pitocin on 26.

    • GE,

      I enjoyed the varied topics (& not to mention Castor oil) and flow of information; good energy, very entertaining.

      These islands of sanity are refreshing.

      Btw, my longest SROM near term was a Mom who was 36 wks, Frank Breech; and went until 40 wks awaiting spontaneous labor. We did 2 x weekly BPP’s and prescribed prophylactic PO abx. She had a safe and healthy vaginal breech. Btw, both she and her husband are Attorneys. Informed consent, coupled with shared decision making and responsibility.

      Working on that App🤔👍

      Yes, it’s a free country about everything except Ob.

      Be well

    • One of my clients sent this podcast to me to listen to. I thought “oh no, I wonder if it is anti-castor oil” as so many midwives and birth practitioners are. When I started as a midwife 20+ years ago, all the midwives used 4 ounces of castor oil given every hour or two. I saw mothers who were so sick and dehydrated from the castor oil that they were often too exhausted to labor. 10 years ago, I was introduced to my current method of castor oil induction which is 1 tbsp of castor oil given every 2 hours. We give 2-4 doses depending on how important it is that we get labor going and we have close to a 100% success rate. I’ve never see a mama get sick or have diarrhoea taking it. Those low doses seem to be far more effective than the higher doses ever were and we find the labors are often quick and easy. Like Sara, I’ve got a suspicion that the castor oil is more effective than pitocin sometimes.
      Like Bliss, we mix it into a fat to help the body process it (we use icecream to mix it into then top with soda as the carbonation supposedly helps break the fat into smaller particles). That seems to go down easier than the orange juice/ vodka mixture so many midwives used 20 yrs ago and doesn’t leave mamas with raw bottoms. Anyway, thanks for advocating for this type of induction when appropriate. Its great stuff!
      PS. LOL Hi Sara! I still give all my mamas who are afraid to take castor oil your blog post on it <3!

  2. GE,

    I enjoyed the varied topics (& not to mention Castor oil) and flow of information; good energy, very entertaining.

    These islands of sanity are refreshing.

    Btw, my longest SROM near term was a Mom who was 36 wks, Frank Breech; and went until 40 wks awaiting spontaneous labor. We did 2 x weekly BPP’s and prescribed prophylactic PO abx. She had a safe and healthy vaginal breech. Btw, both she and her husband are Attorneys. Informed consent, coupled with shared decision making and responsibility.

    Working on that App🤔👍

    Yes, it’s a free country about everything except Ob.

    Be well

  3. Castor oil is good for everyone, very nice

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>