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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:18 AM   1
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Why is castor oil bad?


Why is castor oil bad? Recently I've seen loads of comments about how you shoudn't have it, but nobody bothers to explain why not.

I could have Googled this, but I figure that since there's obviously confusion over whether you should or shouldn't have it, the results I would get online would be confused too.

Can anyone shed light on this? I don't think I would ever bother taking it but I know many women on here are all into bringing on labour, so it's probably a good thing to address



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:38 AM   2
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Saw a ton of women post on this, but can't remember reason...



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:40 AM   3
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It's one of those things that is a great debate.

Basically it's a laxative that gives you lots of diareah (sp?) and causes your bowels to contract which in turn causes your uterus to contract. This can lead to labor, but only if your body is ready. Otherwise it leads to hours of false labor and tired mum and baby.

The biggest cause for debate is whether or not it causes your baby to pass meconium (poo) in the womb which can be terrible for the baby.

My midwife told me (irrelevant now as my waters have gone and i'm waiting lol!) that if I went to 42 weeks and still no baby that she recommends castor oil as a last resort before medical induction. I've already had a pitocin induced labor and it wasn't fun. She said it's never failed to work for her over-due mums as by 42 weeks your body really just needs a kick start. I would have gone for it if I had gone that late.

We discussed it during one of my monitoring sessions and she said while she highly recommends it for a last resort tactic she really doesn't recommend using it as a labor inducer before you are over due.

So there's one view on it



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:40 AM   4
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Um... because it makes you poo a lot!

If you wish to spend your labour just pooing yourself feel free



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:59 AM   5
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Um... because it makes you poo a lot!

If you wish to spend your labour just pooing yourself feel free
LOL, well I did that anyway!



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 07:59 AM   6
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It can also distress baby and cause baby to open it's bowels inside the womb



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2011, 08:53 AM   7
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Yeah, that's why I heard it's bad too - it gives mom bad diarrhea but it also can have the same effect on baby, causing them to poop and then aspirate the meconium.



 
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 18:06 PM   8
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Just have to say, I've seen so many awful, rude posts by women (not just here, but everywhere on the internet) whenever someone asks the question, "How long did it take for you to go into labor after taking castor oil?" The people who reply always take a stance that implies they know exactly what they are talking about, and have scientific evidence, showing that castor oil causes the baby to poop in the womb. I'd like someone to show me this evidence. In fact, as I've searched myself, I came across this website where several midwives had a discussion about the connection between meconium being passed in the womb, and castor oil. http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/coMec.html



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 02:09 AM   9
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For me, its not worth the risk, I have a baby with myoconium and its scary, babies can die from aspirating it. Thankfully my son didnt breathe any in but it made my labour far more complicated and I was in longer than I would of otherwise been.

I dont like the idea of diarrhoea in labour either!



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 02:31 AM   10
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I dont think its worth the risk either. It makes sense to me that castor oil, being a diuretic, may cause the baby to pass meconium, and then the baby could choke on it. Until it could be proven otherwise I would stay away. A friend of mine tried it and although her baby was fine she swore never again because of the awful stomach cramps and diarrhoea it caused.



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