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How long do castor oil cramps/diarrhea last?

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I've heard that a castor oil induction can take 24 hours. But, how long do the intestinal cramps and diarrhea last? Surely not the whole 24 hours?

Edit: Oh, and how long after you take it does all the action start?
post #2 of 4
I am trying to coax out my (overdue) baby right now and have been trying everything BUT the castor oil, first because I'm vegetarian and second, the diarrhea! I went to the acupuncturist yesterday and had some contractions right on the table, which was inspiring. Going back today but I will be watching this thread in case it comes down to castor oil
post #3 of 4
I took 2 oz of it and two hours later took 2 more. Just a few minutes later my water started to leek and labor started. I had the runs throughout labour but as soon as baby was out I was fine. It all took about 8-9 hours from castor oil to holding baby.
The biggest fear with it is getting dehydrated. Every time you are on the toilet drink 6-8 oz of water.
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took me about an hour to start an the effect were about 30 mins. im use to it though, certain fruits and veggies do the same thing to me
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