It's generally used as a laxative. Some people think that making your bowel cramp will also induce contractions in your uterus and bring on labour. However this has not been proved so is probably no more effective than eating pineapples!
It is not recommended to take castor oil to try to induce labour because it can give you diarrhoea which can be dangerous if it leaves you and the baby dehydrated. I personally wouldn't do it - I'd rather wait for labour to happen in its own time than have painful stomach and bowel cramps with vomiting and diarrhoea during the birth.
It would be in the vitamin supplement section of the supermarket.
i agree with the others, its not recommended at all as it can be dangerous, ive also heard it can make baby poo inside you, not sure how true that it but id try other things 1st before considering caster oil x
I dont think im actually brave enough to try it if im honest but people keep goin on about it so was wonderin what it was, i thought it was some sort of oil used in cookin which is why i wondered where it might be! Id prob request induction if i was that desperate, ive heard castor makes you sick!
My mum did it with my sister and it did work but she had a really terrible time!
She couldn't control her bowels during labour and during the pushing stage, it made for a very messy time!
She also said the contractions were horrendus. It did make my sister distressed and she had a poo inside my mum.
I have read loads of success stories that make it sound OK but I'm still not going to give it a go. Just have lots of sex instead, it's one of the only things proven to help ripen the cervix.
I was given caster oil 14 years ago to try and start off my labour. It didn't work, tasted gross and has put me off oily/greasy food ever since. I certainly wouldn't recommend it and wished I hadn't been young and gullible to the older generations back then!
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