Castor Oil Induction - Would you try it?


orange juice castor oil drinkI'd heard the horror stories about castor oil inductions. About how sick it made you and how unpleasant it could make labor. I swore I'd never try it. Until I did...

With my midwife's permission and guidance, I attempted to induce myself using castor oil at 39 weeks pregnant. We knew the baby was already at least 9 pounds and I was hugely uncomfortable. I'd already tried other, less icky, induction methods, and I was at the end of my rope and ready to try almost anything. 

Castor oil is a laxative. It causes cramps in the intestines. If all goes well, labor is stimulated when these cramps move to the uterus. Basically it gets things moving (and gets you moving to the bathroom as a consequence).

There are different recipes for how to take castor oil. I found that its taste wasn't nearly as unpleasant as the texture. It's a thick, thick oily substance and hard to swallow. I mixed mine with orange juice and lots of ice. Other women make milkshakes with it. But honestly, it doesn't matter what you do to try to disguise it, castor oil is just plain disgusting.

After gagging my OJ mixture down, I waited for what was to come. And then I waited some more. You're supposed to feel sick in about 2 hours, but I felt nothing until 6 hours later. The sickness came, but didn't bring a baby with it.

My castor oil induction was a failure in all ways except one. It did change my attitude. I went from "Get this baby out of here NOW!!!" to "It'd be very nice if the baby came out soon, but I'll wait until he's ready". I was calmer after I tried it and willing to wait and let nature take its course - I'd done all I could do. He was finally ready 2 weeks later - all 11 pounds, 2 ounces of him.

Would you or have you tried a castor oil induction? Did it work?

Please remember that this is just my personal experience. Be sure to consult your own doctor or midwife before trying castor oil or any other induction method.






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Pishyah Pishyah

No.  Castor oil is not supposed to be ingested.  This is dangerous.

knfisch knfisch

Been there. Done that. lol. It did the trick took castor oil, 12 hours later was holding DD. Made me have horribly painful contractions though. Don't think I'll do it again. That stuff is NASTY!

Emmy_... Emmy_Dollface

I was given a recipie by a midwife at the practice I went to. It was 1 cup chocolate ice cream, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 banana and 2 tablespoons of castor oil. It's supposed to keep you from poopin' and being sick with the stuff. Didn't do anything for me (but I didn't get sick or poop my pants!)

sodapple sodapple

haven't tried it and i don't think i will, i think i prefer to wait to the baby to make its arrival naturally even if i want her out =-D

Ixche... Ixchel183

no thank you. my aunt told me a horror story of my other aunt trying it...sounds awful!

MoM.i.aM MoM.i.aM

Pish, it isn't dangerous to take castor oil. It is sold over the counter in pharmacies. It is is meant to help realive your self when you can't poop. The only danger it can cause in pregnancy is dehydration from going to the bathroom too much.

Amber... Amber0327

DID IT!  That was the worst tasting stuff ever!  My friend made me a milk shake, I do not think that I will ever have a regular milk shake again.  I was going to the bathroom, every couple of minutes.  That night the contractions started.  I don't think I would do it again.

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nonmember avatar Sarah

I was 11 days over due with my daughter and the dr. said I could go another week, well as all you mom's know my first thought was "oh hell no get this kid out now!!" I went home and took 2 table spoons of that nasty stuff, the contractions started 2 hours later. I *knock on wood* didn't have any of the nasty side effects that comes with Castor oil, but I'm not sure I'm willing to chance it with this little peanut when the time comes.

lulul... lululovexox

i was 38 weeks pregnant and drank a tablespoon of castor oil mixed with applesauce...i had contractions about 2 hours later and had my son about 12 hours later. no terrible cramps or any other horror stories.

lucky... luckymomma08

tried it tasted awful and did nothing(literally nothing not even diahreah and i took alot) so i will never take it again not worth the taste...

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