Does castor oil work to induce labor?

I have heard that it works and helps bring on labor. Is this true? I know it will make me sick and empty out my stomach. I just want to know if it really does work?


Asked by kristinashley24 at 4:14 PM on Dec. 1, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • it doesnt always work infact they think its just the cramping from getting the runs that causes these contractions to start and they arnt always the ones you need to be in labor affishialy. dont take it you will be sorry you did.

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 4:15 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • Sex works!!! And its more fun than poopin your brains out!!

    Answer by CoreyLynn at 4:15 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • Please do NOT use that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • castor oil isn't safe, nor recommended. It can cause massive diarrhea and cause the baby to pass meconium in utero. The best way to help move things along is sex and walking. Anything else is either a wives tale, or dangerous. Just wait it out. Believe me, it's worth the wait. :)

    Answer by celticreverie at 4:23 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • You should only use it under the supervision of a doc or midwife. They'll tell you how much to use and how EXACTLY to do it. It's more likely just going to make you sick. There's no definate way to induce labor at home, but what you can do is help ripen your cervix by having sex (male ejaculate helps soften the cervix so that it can dilate), and by taking evening primrose oil. The oil comes in a pill form. You would take one or two orally and then take one pill, pop a hole in it so that the oil leaks out a bit and then insert it like a tampon. Don't forget to remove the capsule in the morning if it hasn't already fallen out!

    Answer by beckcorc at 4:24 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • i did it with my first it dont work

    Answer by Autumn634 at 10:47 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • no and it is dangrous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:47 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

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  • DONT DO IT! You could rupture and you can possibly lose your baby! Is it really worth that just to have your baby faster??? Just wait... your baby will be here soon!

    Answer by emrysmommy at 5:28 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

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  • I would like to point out that the use of castor oil and a baby having a bm in utero are not connected. Castor oil is not absorbed into the blood stream of the mother therefore does not reach the placenta in turn not reaching the baby. Other than that I have read nothing but good things about it and a MW and Dr have told me that it is not dangerous and I plan on trying it so I will keep you updated.

    Answer by mommyithink.... at 4:56 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

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