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why do people say castor oil is bad?

i dont mean before you are full term, THAT i understand completely.
BUT when you are full term and the dr tells you to try to induce labor...

why do you still get bashed for even THINKING of using castor oil?

what is bad about it? i know it may give you extreme BMs thats not wht im referring to either, WHAT IN IT MAKES IT BAD? because i think that is why people get bashed, but im curious maybe its something else???i really dont understand.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Jan. 27, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (18)
  • That is great that you are trying to avoid drugs. If I absolutely had to be induced, I would try "natural" things first also. but I am curious why your doctor wants to induce you, rather than waiting for baby to come on their own. Just because a woman reaches a certain date, doesn't mean the baby is ready.
    TanyaR1024

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 1:44 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • your getting bashed because most of us believe the baby will come when its ready and to try and induce labor is not ok even if you are full term.
    As for castor oil it doesnt work the only thing your going to get is bad cramping because its going to give you the runs and iv read taking it can cause the baby to have its first BM in utero which can be dangerouse during labor and delivery because baby can aspirate it in when they take their first breath.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • IVE read that the bay having a bowel movement while still in you is false. i asked my dr he also said it is false.
    the baby will come when it is ready.. castor oil will only work if the cervix is ready though..

    so if your cervix isnt ready, THEN NO HARM DONE...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Castor oil can not ony cause extreme BM but with that can also cause dehydration and the baby to have a movement before its born which is bad for the baby.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 1:19 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Because It will give you diarrhea, which in turn will dehydrate you, which is just bad news all around.
    Rebecca7708

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 1:21 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Some women and practitioners, doctors and midwives alike, swear by castor oil as a way to induce labor. Other mothers have tried castor oil and have experienced the side effects but remained pregnant. There are practitioners who do not recommend castor oil because of potential side effects like dehydration (from loose stools and/or vomiting), fetal distress and meconium in the baby. Though castor oil inductions take place without the knowledge of the practitioner in some cases, it is always wise to talk to your midwife or doctor about how to use castor oil before doing so.
    http://pregnancy.about.com/od/induction/a/castoroil.htm
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 1:21 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • okay keep yourself dehydrated though... then what is wrong with it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:21 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • im REALLY not trying to cause an argument, im very serious i really want to know what is bad about it.

    and if you do it carefully keep yourself dehydrated etc why it is still bad.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • It causes meconium which is the baby having a bowel movement and can cause fetal distress.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:24 PM on Jan. 27, 2009


  • MY DR SAID I SHOULD TRY IT. HE SAID TO BE SURE I DRINK LOTS OF WATER THROUGHOUT IT AND TO CONTACT HIM ANYTIME I NEED TO WHILE DOING IT. HE ALSO SAID THE MECONIUM IS FALSE. [I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THAT AS WELL] HE WANTS TO INDUCE ME SO INSTEAD OF USING PITOCIN A DRUG!! ID RATHER TRY SOMETHING A BIT MORE NATURAL AND HE SAID TRY THIS ALONG WITH SEX AND WALKING ETC.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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