Castor oil is mainly used as a remedy for constipation, as it stimulates bowel movements. Castor oil also induces the feeling of vomiting when necessary.
Apart from this, castor oil to induce labor has been used for a long time, especially in cases of “pregnancy with expiration date”. Castor oil is a complete and “easy to implement” natural form to induce labor. Therefore, it was a preferred choice of most midwives and pregnant women in the old days. However, the use of castor oil to induce labor is questionable among the medical community.
Role of castor oil in the induction of work
The working mechanism of castor oil is simple, it stimulates the bowel movement, which results in the production of a hormone called prostaglandin. This prostaglandin irritates the smooth muscles of the intestine and causes them to contract. This contraction is transmitted to the uterus, which also includes smooth muscles. Irritation of the smooth muscles of the uterus causes it to contract and, therefore, labor is induced. Another theory suggests that castor oil dehydrates the body, which in turn stimulates contractions of the uterus. Castor oil initiates diarrhea within two to six hours after consuming it. The contractions begin shortly after that. The diarrhea disappears once the woman goes into labor.
How to take castor oil
Castor oil has an unpleasant and unpleasant odor. Therefore, many women simply find it impossible to drink it in its natural form. Therefore, most women prefer to drink it when it is disguised in some other substance. The dose of castor oil varies for each person and can be as little as 2 teaspoons to several ounces, with multiple repetitions. Small doses of castor oil can be mixed with fruit juice or in a shake. If the dose is quite large, mix in eggs and stir. However, it works best when mixed with a cold substance. Some women may find it easier to swallow it in a single drought and then wash it with another liquid. The oily film that remains in the mouth can be cleaned better with a hot drink such as tea or coffee.
The main disadvantage of using castor oil to induce labor is the excessive dehydration it causes. Dehydration can be a serious problem if the woman enters the hospital and fluid intake is not allowed. Another obvious problem is that of meconium, which is the baby’s first bowel movement. If inhaled into the lungs, it can cause aspiration pneumonia, which can have adverse effects on the development of the baby. However, the investigations have not reported significant traces of meconium, which means that this method can be safely administered to induce labor. The most negative effect is when the woman experiences all the side effects, but does not go into labor.
It is recommended that you wait at least 40 weeks before attempting to induce labor. If it exceeds its expiration date in just a few days, that does not mean it is delayed. The due date is only a rough estimate of the delivery date. Some babies can even reach 42 weeks, that too without complications.
Castor oil can induce labor safely most of the time, and without major problems. Some midwives and doctors can really guarantee their effectiveness. However, it is best to consult your OB-GYN, if you intend to induce the work yourself.