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Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?

Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?

Pregnancy-safe oils: Castor oil and sweet almond oil may bring on early labor, if used earlier than term.

Coconut oil and olive oil are safe in pregnancy. Topical vitamin E oil is felt to be safe, but may cause contact dermatitis in some people, as can topical aloe vera.

"When in doubt, leave it out" applies in pregnancy.

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Hi. Using jamican black castor oil topically onto my hair during pregnancy. Is it safe?? thank you

Hi. Using jamican black castor oil topically onto my hair during pregnancy. Is it safe?? thank you

No known effects: Topical application of castor oil is not known to affect your pregnancy, infact castor oil has been used by some mid wives to induce labor at term (Efficacy has not been tested) ...Read more

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Is it safe during pregnancy to use castor oil topically on your face to help with acne? More specifically, i'd like to use cold pressed castor oil.

Is it safe during pregnancy to use castor oil topically on your face to help with acne? More specifically, i'd like to use cold pressed castor oil.

Poor choice: Why use an ancient, not-very-effective folk medicine promoted by charlatans? The best over-the-counter acne remedy is benzoyl peroxide, but if it's bugging you enough to consider "cold-pressed" castor oil, see if your physician would add topical Clindamycin to peroxide. The birth control pill stops acne in many women who can use it, and there are other stronger rx's after baby comes. ...Read more

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Drinking castor oil during pregnancy can harm my unborn baby?

Drinking castor oil during pregnancy can harm my unborn baby?

Yes: Caster oil is considered a category x or dangerous drug during pregnancy. Its side effects include the induction of premature labor and miscarriage. It is sometimes used by midwives at the end of a pregnancy to trigger labor, but caution is advised. ...Read more

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I'm overdue by 4 days my doctor has booked me in the 23rd dec I want to induce labour my self IV try a lot of things is castor oil safe to take?

I'm overdue by 4 days my doctor has booked me in the 23rd dec I want to induce labour my self IV try a lot of things is castor oil safe to take?

No, no, no: It does not work and can be potentially harmful to your baby (could increase the likelihood of meconium aspiration = baby poops and inhales substance into lungs during labor = very bad). ...Read more

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Is castor oil safe to try and induce labor im 40 weeks and don't want to be induce b my doctor.

Castor Oil: There would be no harm done. But, you do not need us to give you permission. ...Read more

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Castor oil safe on eyelashes?

Why: Why would you want to use castor oil on your eyelashes? ...Read more

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The main ingredient in my facial moisturizer is castor oil. Is it safe to use daily for months, as I have been?

The main ingredient in my facial moisturizer is castor oil. Is it safe to use daily for months, as I have been?

Skin care: If you have dry skin oils can be fine for your skin. However, if you are prone to have oily skin or acne, oils can break you out and clog your pores in your face. OUL free moisturizers are best in this case ...Read more

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Is it safe to have castor oil for early contractions in 39 weeks?

Is it safe to have castor oil for early contractions in 39 weeks?

Probably should not: A woman probably should not mess with mother nature. The baby will come when it comes. Until it's late or having other problems, one need not try to do things to get it out earlier. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor?

Is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor?

Talk to your ob: Castor oil causes diarrhea. In the process, it can cause some uterine contractions. It is not directly harmful to the baby. However, inducing your own contractions without the knowlege of your OB can cause problems for your baby and is not a great idea. Induction without a medical reason prior to 39 weeks is not recommended. Best to discuss this idea with your Ob before you try it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor?

Depends...: Castor oil is a great way to have a bowel movement. if you are close to entering labor on your own, the cramping from your colon may stir up contractions in the uterus and labor will go from there. IF you are NOT ready to labor, you will have painful cramping and diarrhea, some uterine cramps but not any cervical dilation and you will still be pregnant after it all settles down. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Futterweit
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