Castor oil should never be taken to speed up labor or slow contractions.
Castor oil should only be taken after you have carefully researched the risks and benefits, and are fully aware of side effects, dosages and times when it should not be used. This castor oil induction article will give you further information on these things.
Reasons not to speed up labor with castor oil:
- Once taken, castor oil takes 5-12 hours to work. This means that the full effects will not kick in immediately.
- If you are near the end of labor without realizing it, you may experience diarrhea or vomiting before, during or after the pushing stage, which will cause dehydration and make you feel awful.
- If you’re experiencing prodromal labor or braxton hicks, you’ll be much more uncomfortable and nothing will happen.
- If you are less than 40 weeks gestation, you increase the risk of preterm birth.
- Castor oil increases painful contractions which means your current contractions may become much more painful than they need to be.
- If labor is stalled due to a malpresentation (baby in a position it shouldn’t be), then castor oil will increase the stress on the baby but not achieve anything.