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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
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
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I take codeine60mg but find that I get very bound up in both the small and large bowel. Can I take castor oil to help with the small bowel motility?
Yes and no: Codeine, being an opioid, has the common side effect of constipation. Castor oil's chronic use can cause dependency problems, anal leakage, etc. I agree with other recommendations that using a stool softener like docusate should be tried first. Unfortunately constipation and opioids go hand in hand. Ask you physician if a non-opioid can be used for your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fiber laxative: It would be easier on your system if you take fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Most of the time yes: Most of the time it is safe, but you better check with you ob. ...Read more
Im 9 months pregnant and ive been having severe itchiness with no rash, especially at night..Is it okay if I take castor oil and just induce labour?
No: Emphatically no! Pregnancy and childbirth are still under the control of Mother Nature's timing. Moreover, your OB MD needs to be aware of your itching just in case it is an allergic response to any medication that has been taken. Most allergic responses usually involve a rash or hives. Talk to your treating OB MD soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i take castor oil when im 37weeks and 4days pregnant im already having contractions im having contraction i tried having sex, and walking
This : This was an old "wive's tale" on aiding with labor. This is not an appropriate way to help labor. Other's that do not help are: walking, jumping, etc.. These only pass the time. The only thing that has been proven to increase contractions and quicken labor is intercourse. The fluid that the sperm swim in has a prostaglandin that is simular to the prostaglandin that we use to "induce" a woman's labor. Although this can be quite uncomfortable to a full term woman it is the only "act" that has been shown to increase contractions and aid in labor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 37 weeks pregnant and am 1 1/2 centimeters dialated I have had constant contractions for 3 weeks and I have had the steroid shots for the babies lungs is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor i can't sleep get sick when i eat and am in pain from
No: The risk of early delivery is decreased but there are risks other than lung maturity that are increased with premature delivery. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to deliver the baby. Plus, castor oil doesn't necessarily bring on labor, tastes awful, and causes diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do not move bowels regularly. I drink plenty of water & often take fiber & castor oil, castor oil always work but 2 nasty. What can I do 2 solve dis?
See your doctor: See your doctor, especially if an integrative medicine physician. This doctor can review your health, food intake, and medication use -- because the cause may be found there. I have had patients complain of constipation who were secretly abusing opiate medications. These slow the bowel, resulting in constipation. Your doctor can help you figure out a good plan. ...Read more
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