If you are considering taking castor oil to induce labor, make sure to talk to your doctor or midwife to get approval. The last thing you want is to have to explain yourself if you have side effects from this procedure and pregnant possibly going into labor.
To help you make your decision, consider the following:
1. Use castor oil to induce labor only if have tried everything else and this is your last resource.
2. You should be really overdue, 41 week or more.
3. You are at bit dilated, 2-3 cm is best.
4. You have mild contractions that are irregular and weak.
5. Be ready to go to deliver your baby within 6 to 8 hours.
DO NOT take castor oil to induce labor if you are not overdue. 39-40 weeks of pregnancy is not overdue!
You must have passed 41 weeks at least.
Make sure to drink lots of water, because using castor oil to induce labor can cause severe dehydration if you have diarrhea as a result.
Also, Make sure to get your Doctor's approval before taking castor oil to induce labor.
If you search castor oil induction, you'll find conflicting information. Most medical professionals will discourage you from trying natural methods to induce labor, including taking castor oil.
Others, like midwives, may even recommend it to you.
Castor oil can cause fatal distress and make you very sick and dehydrated. This is not the best way to begin labor. Also, some studies have linked fetal distress with meconium being passed during labor.
Meconium is the first stool passed by baby after he or she is born. If the baby is in distress, meconium can be passed before delivery.
If this happens, the baby can breathe amniotic fluid mixed with meconium into the lungs causing meconium aspiration syndrome, a very dangerous condition for baby.
Personally, I do not think that a pregnant woman's body should be put into so much stress before labor. Also, it may not work!
Having said that, if this is something you have talked to your midwife or doctor and you have decided to do, it will work best if your are really overdue like 10 days past your due date and if you are already dilated 2-3 cm.
An alternative to castor oil is using and enema. This will give you diarrhea and may stimulate contractions without the nausea and vomiting, which can be quite detrimental and weakening to your body.
NOTE: Please, be aware that the use of castor oil to induce labor or for any other purpose can be dangerous and give very unpleasant side effects. Most side effects cause by taking castor oil are nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
A pregnant woman, ready to go into labor should not experience these symptoms in my opinion. Castor oil can cause severe dehydration, which can put the health of the baby at risk. There is no data to back this up, but some practitioners are concerned that castor oil can cause the baby to pass meconium as a result of fetal distress.
I hope you understand that using Castor oil to induce labor has some risks. If you are still convinced that this is what you want to do, I wish you all the best!
I hope this helps you get into labor naturally and soon!
What Is A Castor Oil Induction?
A castor oil induction consists of taking castor oil orally in the attempt to induce labor naturally. Among all the home remedies for inducing labor, castor oil to induce labor is the most popular, but also the most controversial and often dangerous because it can cause vomiting and severe abdominal pain, that not always leads to labor. In fact, only 57 % of castor oil inductions go into natural labor.
Is Castor Oil To Induce Labor Safe?
Many women will swear by it, while others who have done it, will tell you not to do it. If you are considering taking castor oil to induce labor, make sure to talk to your midwife or doctor before. Medicinally, castor oil has been used for centuries as a laxative because castor oil (Ricinus communis) has a very strong effect on the stomach and intestines.
In medical herbal medicine, castor oil is not recommended in large dose and it is used for constipation, even if there are milder herbs like Senna that work much better than castor oil for this purpose.
The health benefits of castor oil are due to its external uses as castor oil packs to cure arthritis, rheumatic pain, PMS, fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cysts, etc.
How Does a Castor Oil To Induce Labor Work?
Castor oil is a very powerful laxative that stimulates the bowels and gives you diarrhea in some cases quite severe. As the bowels contract under the stimulation of the castor oil, so does the uterus putting a woman into labor.
Usually, after taking castor oil a woman will go into labor within 6-8 hours. Please note that even if labor starts, the bowel contractions may not. So, you will be in labor and you will have the runs.
Some women report a positive outcome after using castor oil to induce labor, while others have very unpleasant experiences. This is because every woman's body is different and if you are not really overdue, castor oil will only give your severe diarrhea and no labor.
Choosing to take castor oil to induce labor, is a decision that should not be made lightly. My understanding is that women can resort to castor oil to induce labor only if everything else fails, and they are really overdue and already dilated. Do not take castor oil unless you are past your due date by 10 days.
Why Castor Oil Induction Is said to Work?
The bowel stimulation by the castor oil induction triggers the production of prostaglandins, which are hormones that contracts the smooth muscles of bowls and uterus.
My Advise On Castor Oil Induction
If you are seriously thinking of using castor oil to induce labor, please consider the following to help you make your decision:
1. This should be your last resort, after having tried everything else.
2. You must be really overdue (41 weeks of pregnancy or more).
3. You should have some signs of prodromal labor like mild contractions that come and go.
4. You should be dilated a least 2-3 centimetres.
5. You should have medical support and consent.
6. You should drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Other Ways to Induce Labor Naturally
If you are looking for a safer and effective technique to in induce labor without having to take castor oil, I advise acupressure. This guide teaches you how to use acupressure to induce labor.
Using pressure points to induce labor naturally can be very effective. There is convincing clinical evidence that proves that acupressure will induce labor and many midwives, medical physicians have noticed that there is a correlation between uterine contractions and the stimulation of certain acupressure points.
Another alternative to using castor oil to induce labor is the use of evening primrose oil. This natural supplement contains prostaglandins that help ripen the cervix.
Alternative practitioners recommend the oral use of two 500 mg evening primrose oil capsules around 37 weeks of pregnancy. It can also be inserted into the cervix at bed time. Take 1-2 500 mg gel capsule of evening primrose, pierce it and inserted inside your cervix. Evening primrose oil will most likely not put you into labor, but it will help get things started. It is great for first time moms to help soften the cervix.
Remember, babies come when they are ready. And when mom is relaxed!
Take your time. Relax. In the end all will be well...