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#1 of 2 Old 04-18-2013, 10:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was using alba un petroleum jelly before pregnancy for my cracked heels and really dry hands. Tonight I looked at the ingredients and noticed that the first ingredient was castor oil. Now I'm worried. I know drinking castor oil can induce labor but what about the topical use of castor oil?
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I can't imagine topical use would cause labor.  The theory is that castor oil starts labor because it's laxative effects cause muscle contractions in the digestive system that influence the uterus to start contracting.  Some people believe castor oil doesn't work for inducing labor at all.  I think you would have to drink it to have any issues.  This article actually recommends it for use during pregnancy.




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