How to Use Castor Oil to Induce Labor {and Not Be Miserable}

 

How to Use Castor Oil to Induce Labor {and Not Be Miserable}

As I mentioned in Jackson’s birth story, after 10 days of prodomal labor — and with my doctor’s permission — I used castor oil to naturally induce labor. Despite all the horror stories I’d heard and read, it actually worked pretty perfectly for me, so I thought I’d kick off this series by sharing how I used it and what I learned from the experience:

Please note, however, that I am not a licensed medical professional, and this is just my experience, not medical advice. You should consult with your doctor or midwife before using castor oil (or any other natural induction techniques, for that matter!). It’s also worth noting that the definition of full-term has been moved from 37 weeks to 38 weeks of pregnancy, and you shouldn’t attempt to induce labor before then!

Castor oil is a stimulant laxative that causes contractions in the bowels, which in turn stimulates uterine contractions. Like most natural induction methods, this only leads to labor if your body is ready for labor — full term, cervix soft and dilating, etc. While there is always speculation that castor oil also causes the baby to pass meconium, it’s my understanding that castor oil does not cross the placenta, so the slight increase in meconium with castor oil-induced births may instead be linked to its popularity after 40 weeks of pregnancy.

As I researched castor oil doses and experiences myself, a common theme emerged: women were taking large doses of castor oil out of desperation for it to work and then having terrible reactions to it. Castor oil often comes in a 2-ounce bottle, and many women reportedly downed the whole bottle at one time. Not only is that gross going down, but it causes major diarrhea and can also cause nausea and vomiting. This can also lead to dehydration and other complications that really don’t make for a smooth labor and delivery.

As desperate as I was to kick things into high gear, my desire to not be throwing up or stuck in the bathroom during labor was stronger, so instead of a large dose, I went with two smaller doses.

But first, I tried my best to get a good night’s sleep ahead of time, and I drank plenty of water to help keep dehydration at bay.

When I woke up at 5am the next morning, I mixed 1 tablespoon of castor oil with 4 ounces of orange juice in a half-pint mason jar. I put the lid on and shook it vigorously and then downed the mixture. (The oil and juice don’t really mix, but shaking vigorously makes it frothy and mixes them together temporarily.) Because taste is actually linked to your sense of smell, I held my breath as I drank it so that I didn’t have to taste it at all.

I needed to use the bathroom almost immediately, but it wasn’t too bad (all things considered). I had to go a few more times, and at 8am I repeated the dose.

Around 11am I started having regular contractions, but eventually they died out (as they had been doing for 10 days).

Feeling somewhat discouraged, I took a nap on the couch after lunch, waking up with a pretty strong contraction, which I honestly didn’t think meant anything. I had to use the bathroom one more time, and then I realized the contractions were still coming and there seemed to be a noticeable difference in their intensity. My mom and I walked laps in the house (just to be sure they weren’t going to stop again), and I was having to stop walking and concentrate through them. After about 45 minutes, with contractions coming every 3-4 minutes, we decided to head to the hospital.

Five hours later, Jackson was born. And the best part was that I didn’t experience any diarrhea, nausea or vomiting during labor itself. I was still slightly dehydrated when we reached the hospital, though. If I had planned better, I would have had an electrolyte drink on hand as well to help prevent dehydration from the diarrhea.

In summary:

  • Take castor oil in the morning after a good night’s sleep.
  • Take several small doses (1-1.5 tablespoons) of castor oil 3-4 hours apart rather than one big dose.
  • Add to orange juice in a mason jar and shake vigorously.
  • Hold your breath or pinch your nose while drinking.
  • Drink plenty of water and an electrolyte drink to keep you hydrated.
  • Eat several small snacks.
  • You might not think you’ll need it, but take the colace the hospital gives you anyway!

Have you ever used castor oil? What other natural induction methods have you tried?

  • jessie

    I did the same exact thing, had some steady contractions, but they stopped both times. I’m 40+1 today. Guess she just isn’t ready

  • Jenna Foote

    I did … it worked! I did 2 TBS castor oil in 6 TBS juice and added 2 tsp baking soda to cut the oil. It fizzed up. Tasted terrible but it did its job. I had about 2 hours of diarrhea a few hours after drinking it and then I was in real labor … baby was born a few hours later.

    • Amber

      Hi Jenna. Did you have a natural birth? Or did you end up getting pitocin or epidural? Also, how far along were you in your pregnancy? Thanks

      • Jenna Foote

        I had a natural birth (VBAC). No epidural or pitocin. 40 weeks, 1 day when baby was born (took the castor oil at 40 week 0 days.

        • Amber

          Hi, Jenna. I was inspired by your and the blogger’s success with castor oil, so I tried it. Though I have been feeling bad/guilty about it since. The day I asked you about whether you needed pitocin or epidural I was desperate to go into labor. I was 40 weeks 3 days. So that day I used the same dosage as you, but twice and 3 hours apart. 2:30 the following morning my water bag broke when I was walking out of the bathroom to get back into bed. Contractions started immediately five minutes apart lasting for over one minute. And this went on for two hours. We finally made it to the birth center. Labor slowed down and they told me I was 1.5 centimeter dilated and thick cervix. They don’t accept you unless you’re 5 centimeters. So they told me that I could be admitted in their hospital or go back “home” but not their birth center. Home was not an option as we had driven two hours to get their. We really wanted to deliver at the birth center so we checked into a nearby hotel and tried to progress labor. After 36 hours of a busted water bag and contractions my midwife finally convinced us to come to the hospital to get checked and if no progress has been made, then to take pitocin. We tried nipple stimulation before the pitocin. Not enough progress. I ended up getting pitocin, then eventually in order to get some rest, I asked for epidural. I slept for a bit. They woke me up checked me. I had not made much progress. Baby was showing signs of stress. They had a gentle talk with me about my next option: a cesarean. They didn’t know what else to do. I had to be monitored from the time I walked in since my bag had been ruptured for over 24 hours. They couldn’t do anything to my cervix directly to help it because of the busted water bag. Bottom line: after 47 hours and 20 minutes of labor I got a cesarean. Baby completely healthy. I just wonder if I hadn’t used the castor oil how things may have turned out. The midwife said my baby’s head wasn’t turned in a position that helps the cervix dilate, although it was down far enough. Did I kick my baby out too soon?

          • Jenna Foote

            It’s hard to say if the castor oil caused your C-section or not. If anything, it sounds like it worked to get your labor started (spontaneous rupture of membranes, contractions, etc). My first was an emergency C-section at 40 weeks 6 days and I was devastated. I kept blaming myself for a long time. Her cord was wrapped around her neck and causing decels. She had meconium in her water. I wondered if I had put her at risk or if I could have done something (yoga, Spinning Babies) to get her in a better position for labor. The fact is we can’t possibly know how things could have been different for us. All you can do is focus on the present and the future.

            I’m very sorry you didn’t have the wonderful birth you had hoped for. You gave it your best shot. Try not to let the guilt consume you. Enjoy your new, perfect baby!

          • Amber

            Thanks. Very encouraging. By the time he was born I was 40 weeks 6 days also.

          • Lovelly LadySandman Sanders

            That’s crazy they sent u home cause once your water breaks, their supposed to admit you.

          • jchcgrrl

            I know this is old, but I was thinking of doing the same thing this time around with the castor oil as I have and a previous c-section and I am attempting a VBAC. I personally do not think the castor oil had anything to do with the baby’s malpresentation, my first was asyncilitic and I started labor naturally on my own that resulted in a c- section after 2 1/2 days of hard labor. He was just in a funky position.

          • Sara

            Did you tried it?

    • pinkcupcake

      Were you dilated at all before this or had any contractions? I’m 40 +2, no contractions and I am 1cm dilated and 50% effaced …thinking of trying castor oil.

      • Jenna Foote

        I was 40 weeks exactly when I tried the castor oil. Dilated to a 3-4, 0 station, 70% effaced.

    • Anaceah Warren

      Hey jenna im 40 weeks and 3 days and yesterday I took two tbs of castor oil straight at 3:40pm and nothing happened I had two regular BMs but I feel fine is there anyway I could take more today if so how much ??

      • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

        Hi Anaceah! There are plenty of women who take a full bottle (although I think most of them end up miserable, so I don’t recommend it!), so I don’t see why you couldn’t take more. In the case of castor oil, it’s really the cramping that leads to the start of labor, but most people get it with even just a little bit of castor oil. That said, I am not a medical professional, so I would recommend putting in a call to your doctor or midwife to ask their opinion!

    • Shatavia

      Did you get diarrhea first?

      • shatavia

        Oh never mind I didn’t read it good

  • lorna

    Gonna try today the Dr doesn’t want me to go fullterm for better chances of having baby naturally. They tried their first sweep of membrains and my cervix she said was soft but I hadn’t dialated. It hurt a lot!! So not wanting to do that again. I do have sporadic contractions since she did her sweep and they do not hurt a lot just bug my back and lower abdomin . glad I stopped to read this blog. Will be back to tell the outcome

  • shatavia

    I’m 3cm dilated and 60% effaced and I have tried it and haven’t gotten anywhere but to the restroom once. I walked and cleaned a little and still nothing. ):

    • Lanitha

      Hey My name is Lanitha I’m Pregnant With My 3rd Child And I Been In So Much Pain I’m 37weeks+6 and I thinking about try castor oil I’m 1cm dilated and I so ready to have this baby I’m jus a little scared because my baby is breech and I scared that Iwill wait to long to go tto the hospital and I really don’t want a c section… Do you think it will work for me

      • brownskinone5

        Hi….im almost 38 weeks 3 cm and mucus plug coming out and been in alot of pain I wanna take it but I dnt want to go natural and this is my 5th baby

  • Meagan

    I am 37 weeks and 3 days I’m only a half a centimeter dilated and have bad PUPP rash all over my body if I took this method do you believe it would work for me?

    • Lee

      Did it work?

    • anali gutierrez

      I’m also 37 weeks 70% affaced n dilated 1 centimeter! I was wondering if u did that bout the castor oil n if u did did it work???

  • http://reinventingsupermom.wordpress.com Stephanie

    I am currently on day 4 of a similar experience and am about to try this. Thank you for sharing, it’s very encouraging!

  • alaina

    ive got a question! hopfully you can answer since this post was so long ago but how dilated were you when you started taking the ccastor oil? im only 1 cm dilated so im not sure if itll halp me dilate and go into labor or does it just help labor come faster if you are already dilated enough?

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Hi Alaina! I was almost 4cms, and experiencing regular contractions (it was also my 5th birth). If you’re full term and 1cm dilated—and your doctor agrees—it may be worth trying, but if it’s still early, it probably won’t do anything except make you uncomfortable!

      • Christa H.

        I’m on the fence about taking castor oil before 40 weeks but I am 39w5d today and of course Christmas is less than 2 days away. My son is anticipated to be close to 11lbs, so I am more than ready to help things move along sooner rather than later. I am 3cm dilated, almost completely effaced and from what I read, this is a good thing in regards to castor oil working. My only question is… start now (1pm) or start in the morning on Christmas Eve. I’d love to have him tomorrow so we can enjoy the holiday surrounded by family… Then when i say that it totally sounds selfish, but if im going to take castor oil I have to be mentally prepared that it can happen. I’ve also had contractions that never stay consistent. My body is preparing, but very slowly and I would love the extra little push.

        • Christa H.

          p.s. what time of day was he born? You started at 5am with the castor oil, im curious when you said 5 hours later he was born, so about 12 hours after taking the first dose?

          • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

            Hi Christa! I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner, and I hope you’re snuggling your baby boy already!

            Our son was born just before 9pm, so about 5 hours after active labor really began (around 3:40pm), but about 16 hours after taking the first dose of castor oil.

          • Christa H.

            Hi Mandi, I am snuggling our new baby and I could’t wait to say that the castor oil worked for me, too. It was a shockingly fast labor. I took castor oil and gave birth 10 hours later, only 3 hours of active labor from when contractions began. We barely made it to the hospital since we live 30mi away and the contractions started off pretty easy to manage. 2 days prior at my checkup, I was 3cm dilated and almost completely effaced. While at the hospital I went from 5cm-9cm in only 20minutes. No pain meds, delivered naturally. He came down so fast that his whole face was bruised :( Overall, a very good labor outcome and thankful I was able to enjoy Christmas with him here.

          • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

            Aww, congratulations, Christa!! ♥

          • Lanitha Baker

            Hey My name is Lanitha I’m Pregnant With My 3rd Child And I Been In So Much Pain I’m 37weeks+6 and I thinking about try castor oil I’m 1cm dilated and I so ready to have this baby I’m jus a little scared because my baby is breech and I scared that Iwill wait to long to go tto the hospital and I really don’t want a c section… Do you think it will work for me

  • kema

    Hi I am 40 weeks 4 c dilated 60% efaced an extremely uncomfortable I tried castor oil at38 wks nothing do u ssuggest I try again or what I’m so ready an miserable

  • jessie

    Im currently 37 wks started having contractions last night at 8 stayed home til about 130 am an was 1 cm dilated til 8 this morning an i did the castrol oil a few mins ago not alot just a little bit how long before u think it will work bc my doc says I have no more room to grow an wondering how long it will take to kick in with my contractions being they are 4 mins apart the hospital sent me home bc I wasnt dialating anymore

    • AmyG

      I’m really hoping you used castor oil, not Castrol oil..

  • Dyanna Magee

    I’m about to be 37 weeks next week if I was to take this will I have her natural instead of a repeated c-section

  • sammi

    I have been 2cm dilated for a month now, 80% effaced with twins and getting contractions and then having them die of. I can’t sleep, I have no energy and I have a 4 year old daughter and she is starting school in 11 days and don’t want to miss it and also her birthday is the 10th of next month. My question is, can the docs tell if you’ve used it. Baby 1 is head down and was told 5 days ago that I was 3/5 engaged almost 4/5. Bought castor oil today but still abkt unsure if it will work or not cos everything else hasn’t worked :-(

  • Jenica Cabrera

    Hi I’m 38 weeks pregnant should I try it ? Ever since doctors stripped my membrane I been having a lot of abdominal pain but nothing yet

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Hi Jenica! I’d recommend a quick call to your doctor’s office to make sure it’s okay with them first!

      • mander

        Hi i am 37 and 5cm and 50% i cannot take the constants contractions any more what dose should i use. I also previously fractured my pelvic and had a lower back injury and have endo Also i have much more discomfort Than the average person also shes so low she jumps when they check me from them poking her head. Also this is baby #3 and didn’t experience this with the other nn

        • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

          Hi Mander! I’m so sorry you’re so uncomfortable…those last few weeks are so hard! Unfortunately, I am not a doctor, and so I can’t make recommendations for your specific situation. You should check with your doctor to make sure it’s okay, especially since you’re not quite full term yet under the new guidelines. I can tell you that my experience was that smaller doses worked much better than a big dose.

          • Ridhima Amandeep

            Hi i m 37+3 i want to know should i try castor oil will it help…???

          • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

            Hi Ridhima! Please ask your doctor first. You’re not yet full term according to the ACOG guidelines, and having your baby come before he’s ready could actually hurt, so I wouldn’t do it without your doctor’s go ahead!

  • Jessica

    My ob recommended I try castor oil
    With my 3rd (second vbac). I deliver And dilate early due to scar tissue from my first and only csection (an inverter T shape).

    I was super ready. 90% effaced and 4-5 cm easy at 36 weeks (mind you as I stated before I have early dilation issues and pre term issues). I took 2 oz in soda (we were at a nearby hotel). Within had lots of loose stool for 2-3 hours. Then I lost my entire plug (something I had never done in
    Labor with my other 2 children). I decided to go in. They checked me I was an easy 7 and within a hour I had my third son.

    I would not recommend castor oil unless you are effaced and dilated over 2 personally.

  • Fuentes2015

    I’m 40+2 and haven’t dilated any I don’t want to be induced but that’s my only other option I’ve been wanting to try the castor oil do you think it would be a good idea or should I just wait to be induced

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I would ask your doctor what he/she thinks since they know the specifics of your situation best!

  • jennifer

    Ok I’m 37 weeks and I did this method around 5 this after noon and I’m just now starting to cramp I have never used this before so does this mean it’s working I’m dilated To a 1 and my cervix was 50% open when one went I to the Dr the 30th

  • Christine Amaral

    So here’s my question I took 1tbs at 3. Nothing. Took 1tbs at 8. Contractions started at 1230. It’s 5 and there still coming, and I lost my plug, but they’re not getting worse or closer…take more pure wait it out?

  • Melissa Metheny

    I’m 37+3. I’ve been having contractions for three weeks now. I’ve been 3 centimeters dilated and 50% affaced the whole time. How much castor oil should I take to help the labor process along? In at my breaking point. I can’t handle the constant pain anymore. I’m scheduled for an induction in 12 days but would like to avoid that. Please help!!!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Hi Melissa! I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give you specific advice; only share what worked for me. Because you’re technically not full term yet under the new guidelines, I would recommend calling and asking your doctor if it’s okay to take the castor oil. If you decide to do it, my experience was that taking less kept me from being miserable while in labor, so I’m glad I avoided the temptation to take a lot just to speed things up!

  • Paige

    Hey, I am 38 weeks tomorrow I have been having contractions for 8 days now, I keep going to the hospital but they are only 8 minutes apart and I am 3.5cm dilated and 50% effaced they said last Friday the baby was really low but yesterday said my uterus was high. My doctor told me he really didn’t want to see me at my next doctors appointment that I needed to go into labor. I have tried everything people say to go into labor BUT the oil, and I was wondering if you would recommend it I have heard so many scary things about it like the baby will get dehydrated and become very I’ll inside of you or it leads to C-section and I am desperate to get this child out. 8 days of contractions are really killing my body. They did an ultra sound and predict her weight to be 6 lbs 7oz.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Hi Paige! Have you asked your doctor about castor oil? I had a really good experience using it, but I used it with my doctor’s permission (and did small doses as described). Maybe call and ask the nurse what they think about it?

  • Audrey Fox

    Just tried this. I am at 42 weeks and 1-6 days (depending on which Sono you go by). Hoping it works :) Yesterday I was 3-4 cm and 50-60% effaced. We’ll see :)

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      How exciting! I hope you’re holding your little one by now! :)

      • Audrey Fox

        No baby yet…

  • Valerie

    Hello everyone I have been reading this blog and I’m really curious on if this works or not I am currently 40 weeks and two days and my last doctor check up my cervix was not soft yet my baby is already 10 pounds and I’m very uncomfortable just want to know if thiswill work if my cervix is not dilated.

  • Widget82

    This is a little old, but I took castor oil a day after my forewaters broke (it’s unusual, but basically the water breaks a little, the baby’s head plugs up the leak). I had a irritable uterus since about 20 weeks so was used to having contractions ALL the time. I was so miserable and so ready for baby to come out. Oh, and it was Dec. 29 and we wanted the tax deduction and for our insurance deductible to not start over. I was 39 weeks 2 days. I also had SPD, so the discomfort was so bad I couldn’t walk at times. All that to say, yes, I took that castor oil.
    Well, took some at first with a milkshake, then some more about 2-3 hours later with juice. After the second time, it wasn’t but 15-20 minutes before I realized my “fake” contractions felt real. I had that baby 33 minutes after that.

  • Kayla

    I’m so glad I found this post. I posted a question about it on another website and got attacked and called horrible names and was told I don’t care about my unborn baby just because I was willing to try this. I’m almost 41 weeks pregnant. And so miserable. I took a dose of castor oil last night that was only 2 teaspoons and it was enough to make me contract all night and this morning I lost my mucus plug in one HUGE glob. But after that no more contractions. Then I found this post. And I just took a dose of 1 tablespoon in 5 tablespoons of OJ. And I’m hoping it’ll get the contractions going again!

  • Alicia

    Am 39 weeks and 2 days I’ve been having irrgualar contractions for about a week now I’ve had mucus discharge 3 days in a row still no baby out. .. I’ve tried castrol oil with my first pregnancy but with no luck. …i want to try it again but i really hope it works tthis time around

  • Jay-Sheree Scott

    I went to the pharmacy to buy some and it didnt say anything about ingesting it. It said use as a moisturiser

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I would ask the pharmacist. I *think* it may be the same thing, but I specifically looked for the one that was to be used as a laxative in case they’d added anything else to the hair/skin care ones.

      • Kam Uppal

        My doula told me that we can rub it on my belly and put a warm towel on it for about an hour. If the body is really ready, it’ll trigger contractions.
        I am 39w 3d and I tried that today, but no luck so far. I’m going to mix it with juice and drink it within a day or two. Let’s hope it will work for me.

  • Sara

    Took the first dose at 15:00 . Went 2 times to bathroom not that bad like you said all things considered. Just now at 18:00 took the 2nd dose. Hopefully I will report back with some big news soon. Thanks for your input

  • Dakota

    Is there a certain type of Castro oil to take
    for this

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Hi Dakota! It’s castor oil rather than castrol oil (which is for cars and should NOT be consumed), and you’ll find it in the pharmacy with the laxatives. I wouldn’t take anything other than the one you find there (sometimes it’s used for hair or skin care as well).

  • 2ndtimemom

    Worked like a charm. Took 2 tablespoons with 4 ounces of cranberry juice Sunday at 7:30pm. Took another 4 tablespoons with 4 ounces of cranberry juice at 8:30pm. Had diarrhea at 11:30pm (not a lot of cramping, not too bad) Contractions started at 12:30am and started at 10-8 mins apart and were 5 mins apart within the hour. Admitted to hospital at 2:34am, delivered at 6:04am. I was exactly 39 weeks when I took the castor oil. Had Braxton hicks contractions the entire week prior and was 3cm dilated the previous Friday.

    • BabiesNewBie

      Was this your first pregnancy?

  • Tina anchondo

    hello I just needed some advice I’m 37 on Tue but measured at 39 on my sono I’m 3 dilated and lost my mucus plug Monday was wondering if using Castro oil would be OK mnever tried it and it’s my 5th baby just in a lot of pain and miserable

  • Shy

    How long did it take for it to work for you? I know everyone is different but a baseline would be helpful

  • Sarah M

    Hi! Thank you for this info, however Its a myth that the bowel stimulations cause uterine contractions. Castor oil targets prostaglandin receptors on smooth muscle cells in the intestines and uterus to stimulate contractions. I used Castor oil myself to induce labor and never had a bowel movement or stomach upset along with several of my birthing friends :) Just thought Id spread the word to make it more accurate.

  • Nicole

    I’m 40+1 on Thursday(31st December) I was 1cm dilated and my cervix was really soft and I was given a sweep. At around 1800 today I took 60ml of castor oil mixed with oj just wondering if anyone knows if this will work ? I’m so fed up now:(

    • Shandra Hagerman

      Did it work?

  • Tatiana Moore

    Castor oil worked partially for me.. It did give me contractions but they were 6 min apart.. It helped me have bowel movements but no nausea or vomitting. You have to do repetition, take it in the morning then take it few hours later and make sure you mix it with orange juice or any juice that you prefer, castor oil is fish oil so make sure you don’t taste it, hold your nose or breath.

    • AmyG

      Castor oil comes from a plant, not fish.

  • leah

    About 6pm last night I tried 1 tablespoon of castor oil with orange juice then repeated this at 8.30pm by 11pm I was having contractions for around 40 seconds every 6 minutes. After taking paracetamol and eventually falling asleep at 3am they have completely stopped. Any advise? I thought this is it when they started it was like a really intense period pain in the lower back and all at the front.

  • Shonise knight

    Hi im shonise. Im 37 weeks and im 2 1/2 cm dilated still. ive Been like this since 36 weeks. Wanted to know would it be worth me trying? exhausted from all this back pain im just ready to meet my baby boy.

  • K

    Sooo this is a really late comment, but I dont know what to do. I had to change doctors right at the last bit of my pregnancy so ive only been seeing this gal for maybe a month once every week and theres been no connection.. and we disagree on a couple things. Hence why “asking your doctor what they think is best” is an issue for me. I want to try my best to have a natural labor, and avoid having an induction, and she thinks it would be best to just go ahead with the induction. I’m 40 weeks and 4 days and we made a “compromise” that i could go for another week…but that only gives me till tuesday before she tries to pressure me into an induction again. when i went in to the last app at my 40 weeks i was 1 cm dilated and she said “really really soft” she didnt give any other information other than the talk of induction. So I’m wondering if since i am over the 40 weeks if it would be a good idea to try it with out asking?

  • Brittany Osborne Warren

    I am dilated to a 4,75%,0 to 1 but my cervix is behind her head will castor oil work??

  • Jessika Schreiber

    Just need to let you know it totally worked for me! I was 90% effaced and 4cm that morning. Per your suggestion, I took 1 tbsp mixed w/oj at 2pm. Nothing but a little poop 20 minutes later (not diarrhea). Then another tbsp at 6pm. My contractions started at 7:30 (immediately 3.5 minutes apart) and he was out by 8:53 after only 19 minutes in the hospital!

    Thanks!

    • Brittany Osborne Warren

      Do you think with me being 4,70%,0 it will work for me??

      • Jessika Schreiber

        I’m no doctor so check with him/her, but it’s worth a shot. A lot of people told me to wait because it was 4 days before my due date, but I knew he was ready!
        Good luck!

  • Jessika Schreiber

    Oh yeah, there was no time for an epidural either! He flew out. :-)

  • Jo

    I am 37 weeks and having bad contractions I am only 1/2 cm dilated will castor oil work?

  • nicole

    I was 39 weeks and drank 1oz of castor oil at 6:30pm and chased it with Chrystal light and fell asleep only to wake up to my water breaking 11:30pm ( 5 hours ) and I had a BM and STRONG contractions started immediately. We rushed to hospital and it was time to push. I was rushed up to a birthing tub & had a couple good pushes and my son was born!!!
    it was a natural water birth and he weighed 8pounds. No meconium was passed or diarrhea from me just a little intestinal gas pain the next day. I was so happy he arrived on the weekend and any sooner I would’ve been too far from a hospital so it was all perfect timing:)
    He was literally born 6.5 hours after drinking castor oil so if you try it just do it in moderation and be READY!

  • R M Nelson

    I used castor oil with my first baby. I was past my due date, the Dr on call for my HMO (not a Dr I had EVER seen during the pregnancy!) when I went into labor found my labor inconvenient and ordered an injection that stopped my labor. Labor stopped, the baby disengaged and then there was no movement for more 24 hrs. In desperation, I called my birthing coach who gave me instructions on taking the castor oil to start labor. I followed her directions and two hours later, I had a normal b.m. and labor started. A few hours later, I had a c-section…a PLANNED C-Section…I don’t want anyone to think the castor oil had anything to do with the need for a C-Section, because it didn’t. That baby was transverse, they don’t come out back first. The second child was also a C-section and there was no castor oil involved with that labor/delivery at all. I had great pregnancies and healthy babies but they did not want to come out according to the master plan!

  • ThoseCrazyCrunchies

    Tossing in my two cents although this is an old post…
    I tried castor oil with my third pregnancy after two 24 hour + labors. I think I took about a tablespoon in scrambled eggs; it wasn’t bad but not great, but I got it down. I didn’t take any more than that. My water broke two mornings later after no contractions (and no diarrhea) and it still took more than 24 hours for little man to make his appearance. I was, by my figuring, just at 40 weeks or a day or two before and was being threatened with unnecessary induction because I was due around the holidays.
    I’m on #4 now, and will be trying yet again as my new OB does not acknowledge the due date I provided (based on when we did things and what the first dating ultrasound said) and is instead pushing cytotec. Cytotec is used off-label for cervical ripening and can cause contractions, but unfortunately in moms who have had a previous c-section, have an abnormally thin uterus, or have had more than one pregnancy it carries a chance of uterine rupture (especially if overdosed, which isn’t hard to do since there are no steadfast guidelines on usage or dosage). She attempted to induce me last week and it was unsuccessful, and I did have a dose of Cytotec with no lasting issues but I’m nervous about doing it again. She wants me to come in Saturday and have a dose inserted but I’d rather take my chances with the castor oil!
    Currently I’m, by my figuring, 38w 6d but am not effaced and only a fingertip dilated as of my last check. At this point I don’t intend to take much as I recognize that it may not work, but I’m hopeful.

  • Lilliam Lopez

    So if u follow this directions ….u shouldn’t have diareah during labor?

  • dezzeray

    I’m 38+4weeks prego 3CM and 80+% effaced I just got 12hours straight of sleep and am trying this tonight using the dose you suggested, hope it works!! Ty! (Been having super minor contractions for days as well)

  • Kirstin

    Do you think this would work at 37 weeks? I am 70% effaced and 2cms dilated. I have tried everything to make my daughter come out. Also I did castor oil in my scrabbled eggs and when I took a second dose 4 hours later I threw up. What should I do? Do you think your plan might work for me? I really want my daughter here.

  • Natalie

    It worked for me. I was 39 weeks took a shot glass full at 6pm, had bad diarrhea for hours and woke up at 2am with contractions. Took a shower. Woke up my hubs at 3am and my contractions were 2 mins apart. Went to the hospital, water broke and baby was out at 6am. 12 hours after taking Caster Oil :)

  • Natalie

    I should say that I was 90 % effaced & 2 cm dilated….

  • Happy mom

    I used castor oil twice both times I was not sick at all needed the bathroom only a little and did not get dehydrated. I had quick and easy labors. This is the trick make a milkshake I think the milk coats your stomach. The recipe is 1/4 cup castor oil, 1/4 cup milk and 2 scoops ice-cream. Blend and drink. You don’t even taste the castor oil. I definitely recommend this. I gave the recipe to my friend and she had the exact same experience as me.

    • Julibert Antigua

      How long did it take from the moment you drank the shake to the moment where you started labor? I’m 39 and 5 days and I want to try this!

      • Happy mom

        I took it at 2:30pm by the time I went to bed I was having contractions like Braxton hicks I woke up at about 5am with 5 min apart contractions by 8am I had a baby

        • Julibert Antigua

          That sounds awesome did you eat anything after having this shake? Like dinner? I will try this tonight after work. Hopefully I will have my baby tomorrow.

          • Happy mom

            Yes I had dinner nothing big but I needed the bathroom a couple times but nothing too crazy

          • Julibert Antigua

            I just had the shake and it didn’t taste bad at all! Now I will just wait, hoping to get similar results as yours. Thanks for the tip, I will update the blog with the progress!

          • Happy mom

            Good luck!

          • Happy mom

            Any news?

          • Julibert Antigua

            Oh yes my dear your recipe worked as expected! I took the shake around 6pm on Friday and then around 12am I took a spoon of honey first and then a spoon of Castro oil to help with the flavor then I had a glass of water. Around 6am I went and did my business and it was not bad at all. An hour later I started getting contractions and went to the bathroom 2 more times after that around 4:30pm Saturday I passed the mucus plug and the contractions were stronger and happening every 4 mins. My doctor sent me to the hospital and was admitted with 3cm dialated. After that my labor progress was a little slow but it was due to my cervix getting swollen I finally had him vaginally on his due date Sunday 6/19/16, the best Father’s Day gift to my husband. We are in love with our little bundle of joy! Thanks a lot for your tips!

          • Happy mom

            I’m so happy to hear congrats, I was actually born on father’s day as well!

          • Julibert Antigua

            Thank you! :-) My son is Gemini just like you!

          • Happy mom

            Actually thinking back I did this twice first time I took it 2:30pm I went to sleep was up at 12:45am with 5 min apart contractions had baby by 2am the second time I took it by dinner and that’s when I woke 5am.

            I wish you lots of luck and a healthy baby

    • Jamie

      Just took this shack at 4:30. So far so good, just a little sick. Excitedly Waiting to see if it works!

      • Happy mom

        Good luck, keep me posted

      • Georgia

        Did you have any diarrhoea or any bad cramps with this?

    • Jamie

      Just took the milkshake at 4:30. So far so good,just a little sick. Excitedly waiting to see if it works!

  • Tasha

    I tried this yesterday and nothing I did not even have any contractions at all and still nothing I’ll try again in a week