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Taking Castor Oil to Induce Labor?

post #1 of 29
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Have any of you done this and with what kind of results? Any regrets?

I am nine months pregnant and a few people have suggested that I do this.. just curious if it really works!
post #2 of 29
Why would you want to jumpstart Nature??? Ignore their advice.

Your body will know when it is ready to start labor, it doesn't need any help!

Patience, patience, patience.........
post #3 of 29
I've just heard that it will give you horrible cramps and diarrhea and then labor will start when your baby is good and ready anyway. No need to try and rush labor, it will happen when it's time.
post #4 of 29
yep, cramps and diarrhea, that's what my friend got from it, no start of labor either. Another vote for wait till the baby is ready, you could always have lots of sex!
post #5 of 29
I would not even consider it without serious medical reason for induction.

-Angela
post #6 of 29
We tried it. It had been 24 hours since my water broke and we were trying for a home birth.

We ended up having to go to the hospital anyways and the castor oil just helped in making me more uncomfortable then I already was. I'll leave some of the details out, I wouldn't do it again.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jwebbal View Post
Another vote for wait till the baby is ready, you could always have lots of sex!
Yup, worked for us, but not on purpose with the second one no doing the deed 1 month from due date!
post #8 of 29
Yes I did it twice when I was facing other far more invasive things if thigns didnt get moving.. I was 2 weeks overdue both times though. The first time it gave me wicked diarrhea and lots of contractions but they petered out.
The 2nd time I vomited 6 times, immediately. I really think my body remembered what it was and wanted it the he!! out.
post #9 of 29
We tried sex and it didn't seem help me, but what really did it was red raspberry leaf tea (up to a quart a day says my OB). I drank one cup on Thursday, two on Friday and went into labor early Saturday morning.

BTW the tea is also great for toning the uterus during pregnancy.
post #10 of 29
I did a version of the castor oil "induction" with DS3 because I was knocking on 42 weeks and wanted to keep the homebirth option open and angsted over the decision.

I wouldn't do straight castor oil. My mix had a very small amount of castor oil combined with a protein (almond cream), lemon verbena, apricot juice, and champagne, similar to the method mentioned on the GentleBirth archives. Supposedly it originates with German midwives. It does not result in the horrid cramping/diarrhea/vomiting that larger doses of straight CO causes. The protein binds the CO so that it travels through the intestines more slowly and produces a slow release of your own prostaglandins.

This type of method only works if your body is ready for labor and I would only help nature along if the alternative is truly unacceptable to you or would pose greater risks to your health and the baby's health.
post #11 of 29
i induced with castor oil 4 days before my due date and it worked. we were otherwise going to be induced at the hospital because we had very low fluid. i wanted to be able to have a water birth. well..... we didnt get the water birth, but that had nothing to do with castor oil.

so.... it worked exactly like we hoped, but it was definitely gross. i vomited the moment it touched my lips. it was VERYYYYYY hard to even get it down. i mixed it with orange juice and vanilla ice cream and it was still the most vile and disgusting thing i ever could have imagined.

blah blah blah.... it worked.
post #12 of 29
I say nature knows what is going on trust it, trust your body trust your baby, you will poop enough during labor why would you bring on more poo? I have never tried it but with my first I got anxious and tried black cohosh and my labor started but was horrible erratic and ended in c-section from home birth to hospital bad times, trust your body mama

mama to joey 1/14/05, kai 11/01/06, and Alexis 8/25/07
post #13 of 29
I never tried castor oil, but I have used Evening Primrose Oil, cohosh, and Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Right now I am doing EPO and RLT.
post #14 of 29
I tried it with my first when I got close to 41 weeks. It tasted disgusting and didn't do anything in terms of starting labor. I wouldn't use it again.
post #15 of 29
Honestly I dont think anything really works unless your body is ready for it. Because I have done it ALL and none of it worked for me.
post #16 of 29
i wonder the same thing...i have a friend who took castor oil while she was already showing signs of an impending labor and it definately kicked started her labor. she said she had to constantly go to the bathroom to empty her bowels and the contractions were very intense. the entire labor all she felt was the need to empty her bowels...

i hear more stories of it causing more intense labor than it not...i will definately try other natural inducing methods (accupressure, sex, walking, etc.) if medically necessary before attempting castor oil.
post #17 of 29
I took castor oil after 41 weeks, and still just ended up with diarrhea :P
post #18 of 29
i took it at 42 weeks with my ds. my midwife put TONS of pressure on me to do it. i had already tried acupuncture, acupressure and a few other things to start labor but got nothing more than some contractions.

i basically had crazy intense diarrea, while having contractions, for about an hour, then a fast labor and birth. then for the next 3 days i woke up in the middle of the night with crazy diarrea. not really great when you are trying to snuggle up next to your newborn in bed, if you ask me. i really felt like i had no other options at the time. i could have switched midwives, but that sounded really bad to me at the time. it was such a struggle.

looking back, i don't really regret anything, it's just the way it happened to me. i am 100% positive that i will not do it again, though. my midwife with this pregnancy has assured me she's not even going to suggest it and that i am free to wait until my baby comes. i feel really good about that.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kiddoson View Post
Yup, worked for us, but not on purpose with the second one no doing the deed 1 month from due date!
How nice. We both wanted nothing to do with sex pretty much the entire time I was pregnant.
post #20 of 29
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Honestly I dont think anything really works unless your body is ready for it. Because I have done it ALL and none of it worked for me.
Yeah, totally this........
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