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early labour and castor oil. COMMENT IMMEDIATELY Stacey Hogarth Due February 24 (boy); United Kingdom 26 posts
22nd Feb '14

Ive been in early labour for almost 72 hours. I am still remaining at 1cm dilated and 50% effaced. Although the hospital have said i am contracting 2:10 last night. My friend recommened castor oil to help speed things up. So i have taken 6 tea spoons at 125pm and then a further 6 tea spoons at 430pm. I can feel a lot more niggles in comparison to before taking the castor oil. I was just wondering if anyone can comment on their experiences if they had any with castor oil. I a keeping hydrated and have had no diarhea since taking it.

jgnmelissa 3 kids; Middle of Nowhere, IA, United States 2251 posts
22nd Feb '14

castor oil does nothing for labor but it will give you the shits! It's pretty much an old wives tale.  castor oil gives you diarrhea which in turn can irritate the Uterus. Some ppl have experienced a few contractions while taking it bit never strong enough to really get things going. all you probably did is signed up for a day of sitting on the toilet.

LanaBanana North, TX, United States 854 posts
22nd Feb '14

Really... You actually tried it? Keep that toilet seat warm.

baby will come when it's ready.

Stacey Hogarth Due February 24 (boy); United Kingdom 26 posts
22nd Feb '14


well no. IM in early stages of labour and was progressing slowly. My friend had a positive outcome with both her pregnancies. & i haven't signed myself up for that as i stated i haven't had diarohea or any signs of diarohea oncoming.

Stacey Hogarth Due February 24 (boy); United Kingdom 26 posts
22nd Feb '14


baby is ready - he is literally right there as the midwife stated when she examined me last night. And the contractions are there aswell as the backache. I just don't seem to be dilating quick enough. That's what is slowing things down.

LPH TTC since Dec 2014; NO, OD, Ukraine 32118 posts
22nd Feb '14

I know its too late but do not ask people on this site about castor oil. They are so daft on the subject. Ask your midwife, she will know. I'm sure she will not recommend it since you are already in labor but she will know more than the BG peanut gallery.

Stacey Hogarth Due February 24 (boy); United Kingdom 26 posts
22nd Feb '14


i know, wish i hadn't. Lol. My midwife isn't available on weekends, ao

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7032 posts
22nd Feb '14

Don't so castor oil, its dumb. Since baby is ready, should be coming anytime now. So don't take something that could give you the shits..that'll be fun while ur trying to push a baby out. And its thought that it could make the baby poop inside you, causing all sorts of issues. That actually happened to my friend after she stupidly took castor oil. Have sex.

LPH TTC since Dec 2014; NO, OD, Ukraine 32118 posts
22nd Feb '14

Quoting October2011:
Don't so castor oil, its dumb. Since baby is ready, should be coming anytime now. So don't take something that could give you the shits..that'll be fun while ur trying to push a baby out. And its thought that it could make the baby poop inside you, causing all sorts of issues. That actually happened to my friend after she stupidly took castor oil. Have sex.


In all the studies I've researched about the link between castor oil and passing meconium, they cannot prove that castor oil is the reason babies pass meconium in the womb. It is a theory based that most women who have taken castor oil are overdue, which the likelihood of the baby passing meconium is high and makes no difference if a mother ingests castor oil or not. It is a known fact that mothers who go into labor when overdue have a higher chance the baby has passed meconium, it just so happens to be a coincidence that most mothers who ingest castor oil are overdue. That is not concrete evidence. 
I don't advocate taking castor oil because it is a pointless method to induction because NOTHING works unless the body and baby are ready but you people seriously need to stop spouting false information. 


October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7032 posts
22nd Feb '14

Quoting linsα:

In all the studies I've researched about the link between castor oil and passing meconium, they cannot prove that castor oil is the reason babies pass meconium in the womb. It is a theory based that most women who have taken castor oil are overdue, which the likelihood of the baby passing meconium is high and makes no difference if a mother ingests castor oil or not. It is a known fact that mothers who go into labor when overdue have a higher chance the baby has passed meconium, it just so happens to be a coincidence that most mothers who ingest castor oil are overdue. That is not concrete evidence. 
I don't advocate taking castor oil because it is a pointless method to induction because NOTHING works unless the body and baby are ready but you people seriously need to stop spouting false information. 




Never said it was concrete evidence..say it what thought that.,....
And i think taking a laxative because you are impatient is really irresponsible. The girl I know was not overdue, everyone kept telling her castor oil was stupid. and what do u know her baby pooped and got a lung infection. Could it have been prevented? maybe. maybe not. But why chance it????

LPH TTC since Dec 2014; NO, OD, Ukraine 32118 posts
22nd Feb '14

Quoting October2011:

Never said it was concrete evidence..say it what thought that.,....
And i think taking a laxative because you are impatient is really irresponsible. The girl I know was not overdue, everyone kept telling her castor oil was stupid. and what do u know her baby pooped and got a lung infection. Could it have been prevented? maybe. maybe not. But why chance it????


Why even mention it if there is no proof to it? There is no chance to be taken when its hearsay. Dehydration, nausea, diarrhea are all worth mentioning as more of a risk. 

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7032 posts
22nd Feb '14

Quoting linsα:

Why even mention it if there is no proof to it? There is no chance to be taken when its hearsay. Dehydration, nausea, diarrhea are all worth mentioning as more of a risk. 


So that she knows its a possibility and can research it and make her own choices. Its the health of her unborn baby, I think that's worth mentioning.