Does castor oil induce labor?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .


Women have used castor oil to help induce labor, but it should only be used under the direction of your doctor. It can provide good results if you are already in early labor. It is believed to work by causing spasms in the intestines, which surround the uterus toward the end of pregnancy. These spasms, in turn, cause the uterus to cramp, which might result in labor. There has been much debate over whether taking castor oil to induce labor will cause the baby to have its first bowel movement in the womb before birth. This pre-birth bowel movement, called meconium, can be dangerous, because if baby inhales some of it it can cause pneumonia in the lungs. Meconium is also a widely-held signal that the baby is in some sort of distress. Most professionals with any experience with castor oil inductions agree that this is untrue. They have found that there is no increased occurrence of meconium in castor oil induced labors over spontaneous labors.

Personal experiences and information:
  • When I was 37 weeks and had been in early labor for 2 weeks, I tried castor oil. Twice. It worked great for my friend but not so well for myself. All I did was throw up and have the runs....really, really badly. I think it all depends on your body, not how well others swear by it because your body can have a different reaction to chemicals and oils versus other people's bodies.
  • You should always use Castor Oil only under the supervision of your midwife or doctor. It's also good to know that Castor Oil should be used only when your cervix is already well dilated (if not, use Maternity Acupressure method to help your cervix to dilate first!) Remember that Castor Oil is a strong laxative and you will be at the toilet a lot. Thus, drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea.
  • You can go into false labor, have horrible runs, and just get sick. You should make sure you are willing to deal with this if it doesn't promote labor.
350 people found this useful

Dry out a DSLR camera?

Put it in a large bag of rice for four days and take the battery out of the camera (but the battery goes in the rice as well). DO NOT TURN IT ON or try to use a blow dryer. I

What is the best dslr camera?

Canon eos 5d mark II is good for great photos and decent Video. Especially with the full frame sensor depth of field. For the best quality Video you want the Panasonic GH2,

Where can you obtain information on dslr camera?

There are many ways to obtain this information. Wal-Mart and electronics stores such as Circut City will have sales-people that will be happy to assist you if you ask. Also, y
In Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)

How does a DSLR camera work?

A DSLR camera has different components in its lens. The official term for this is elements. The capabilities of the lens allows the photo to be sharp and high quality.
In Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)

What are the features of a Sony DSLR camera?

There are a number of different Sony DSLR model cameras and the features will vary depending on the model of camera one is researching. Some of the features one might find on
In Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)

Where can an Olympus DSLR camera be bought?

One can buy an Olympus DSLR camera when one goes to stores like Henry's, Black's, Business Depot, Staples, Future Shop. One can also purchase the item online at the websites
In Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR)

Where can a Pentax DSLR camera be bought?

There is many different stores online in which you can purchase this type of camera. You can buy a Pentax DSLR camera in multiple online stores. One of which is Currys.