Castor Oil has been suggested as a way to induce labor.

Exactly how much Castor Oil are you supposed to take?

Do you experience diarreah with it? Or just a stomach ache? Other negative side effects?

asked 19 Jul '10, 07:51

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I would not recommend Caster Oil because it can cause dehydration. I have no personal experiences with it since I would be too scared to take it.

Here is a link of natural ways to induce labour. It does has information on Caster Oil as well if you choose to take try it.


answered 20 Jul '10, 00:53

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Our doula told us to avoid Castor Oil. She says it causes your bowels to contract and empty which is why it is associated with inducing labor. However, she said it can also cause the same thing to happen to your baby, which would lead to meconium aspiration in the womb.

I found this reference to back up her claims.


answered 07 Dec '10, 15:03

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Haha, this is a wives tale! Do not do this. My wife's OB/GYN specifically called this one out saying, "Don't believe those old wive's tales. DO NOT drink castor oil, that is ridiculous! Where do people get these ideas?".

Seriously, just don't do it. You're better off with "walking the baby out".


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lol...I've had 2 friends that swear by it! :) I don't know if I could actually go through with it though.

(19 Jul '10, 20:37) Sabrina

For all those people that are thinking about trying this! DO IT! It DEFO worked for me and if i was to be pregnant again i would use this method again. I had been looking on the internet for research for about a week before i actually plucked up the courage to take it. Many site's say that it will just make you go to the loo, and make you vomit! Luckily for me this was not the case! I was 36 weeks and 6 days and sick of carrying my baby around! Killer back pain and was not sleeping! so on the 23rd/05/2012 at 5:30pm i took TWO TABLESPOONS (Straight). NOTHING at all happened and i was gutted.. I went to bed and was up at 12:00am Like normal and not been able to sleep! Went to the loo and had a loose poo (Nothing to horrible) Got back into my bed and at 12:30am i started having pains. Had another 2 loose poo's. With some intense contractions. Headed off to the hospital at 4:00am and i was 2/3cm. Within an hour i was 4/5cm. Went down to delivery and had my baby at 7:48am. Waters broke and baby was here within 10Mins. and 1 Min of pushing! Everyone will be different and may not work but seeing a positive feedback about castor oil is a good sign.. Good luck and Congratulations. I hope this helps ladies! x


answered 26 May '12, 12:35

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I have had two children so far by way of castor oil. It does work. You are not to exceed two tablespoons. Best if you drink it straight and then drink behind it some water or juice. At 38 weeks and more is best, should start cramping within the next 45min to an hour. Though it does work causes voilent contractions that feel like they never stop. Also may cause the baby to be in distress.


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Hello, and welcome! Thank you for your answer, but it doesn't meet our back-it-up principle. That is, if you just want to make statements of fact, you need to provide a reference. On the other hand, if you want to provide your own experience with using castor oil, that is also helpful and welcome. Can you add some links to this answer to show where you received this information? Thanks!

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