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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.

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  • 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.
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Will castor oil induce labor at ten weeks?

NO!


Does castor oil work to induce labor?

Castor oil is said to help induce labor. It's a laxative, so it helps to stimulate the digestive system and bowels, which can supposedly help labor.


Will castor oil induce labor at 34 weeks?

Yes


Can virgin caster oil induce labor?

While castor oil can technically induce labor, it isn't recommended. Castor oil can cause dehydration and other unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.


Can you use vegetable oil instead of castor oil to induce labor?

No lol


Will castor oil make your water break?

Castor oil is a laxative and can cause cramping that can induce labor. Castor oil is not advised to be used by pregnant women.


You are 36weeks and 3days will castor help induce your labor?

yes, castor oil on scrambled eggs will help to induce labor. (I know because my Mom was overdue & she tried it and it worked !!! )


How much castor oil should be taken at 35 weeks to induce labor?

You should not try to induce labor on your own before 40 weeks or without the assistance of a trained professional. Castor oil will not really induce labor- that's an old wives tale. It will however act as a laxative


Does caster oil really induce labor?

Castor oil is very commonly used to induce the labor pains in post dated pregnancy. Castor oil stimulates the peristalsis and stimulates the uterus. It is a common experience to see the patient coming with labor pains very next day.


If Im 20 weeks pregnant will drinking castor oil induce labor?

No this is a myth.


Does castor oil induce labor when 40 weeks?

No, it just gives you cramps and diarrhoea


Does attempting to induce labor by drinking Castor oil cause diarrhea?

Yes, it certainly can.


Does castor oil work if your only 36 weeks pregnant Will it induce your labor?

Castor oil generally doesn't work. It often just gives you diarrohea


Do doctors know if you have used castor oil to induce your labor?

Probably not, but using caster oil does not work, it is a wives tale.


Is using caster oil to induce labor healthy?

Yes. Castor oil should be taken as per advice of your doctor.


Is drinking Castor Oil while your baby is in breech position safe?

A doctor will never tell you to drink Castor Oil. There are no studies that show Castor Oil will induce labor or help your baby flip from the breech position.


How long will castor oil take to induce mylabour?

Well, it may have other effects instead, since it will make your stools looser. There is not really evidence that castor oil will induce labor, unless coincidentally, the baby is ready to come.


How much mineral oil do you take to induce labor?

You can take castor oil to induce labor, rather than mineral oil, and it's important to verify any medication you might take with your doctor, rather than with the Internet.


I am 38 weeks pregnant 2 centimeters dialted and 25 percent effaced how do I induce with castor oil?

Castor oil is a laxative not used to induct labor. As the labor progresses and contraction becomes strong cervical dilatation will increase.


How do you use vegetable oil to induce labor?

Vegetable oil can't induce labor.


Is castor oil safe?

It is quite safe, but rather unpleasant and does not actually help induce labor, it just gives you griping and diarrhoea.


Im 41 weeks and no sign of labor will castor oil help?

I cant speak from personal experience, but my grandmother tried castor oil to try and induce herself. All she did was make herself sick. It had no effect on her progression.


What are homeopathic methods for inducing labor?

Homeopathy is the treatment of medical conditions with potentised substance. To induce labor try taking a spoonful of castor oil. Who's to say it is scientifically proven, but I believe this age old wise tale actually works. A best friend of mine wanted to induce labor and upon hearing this tried it later that night. Within hours she started having contractions. Her baby was born the following day. WRT to castor oil: castor oil is a natural medication. It is not homeopathy.


Will castor oil actually induce your labor within hours?

It MAY induce your labor.. old wives tale. I have never heard of anyone that it actually worked on but it WILL give you severe diarrhea! I would not try this one. Walking is the best thing to speed up your labor.


Does mineral oil bring on labor?

Castor oil induces labor. My wife drank castor oil by her doctors request and sure enough she went into labor later on. Not sure about mineral oil.