Castor oil offers innumerable health benefits to humans, because it contains very powerful therapeutic properties. Castor oil is derived from the ricinus communis plant. All hulls are removed, before the seeds are grinded into a very fine consistency and developed into oil.
How To Induce Labor Yourself
It is important to consider the risks of utilizing castor oil, as an inducement for labor, because it can potentially have some side effects that may not be safe for an unborn fetus. You should note that the hulls contains ricin, which is a toxic poison that has been used by terrorists globally. While most medical experts are on the same level, when it comes to determining that castor oil is safe for human consumption, which is great, because it can potentially be very beneficial.
Castor Oil Benefits
Castor oil has been utilized for centuries to treat many human ailments, as it continues grow in popularity among women, since many women are catching onto its reputation in labor inducement.
- STDs (syphilis), birth control, constipation, and leprosy (ground castor seeds)
- Castor oil – Laxative, boost the flow of breast milk, and abortions
- Bunions, osteoarthritis, warts, cysts, abscess, abnormal growths, and corns (topical uses)
- Commercial uses – Paints, lubricating oil, and varnishes
Fifty percent of women have reported to have received some success, when using castor oil, as a labor inducement method. By applying ground castor hulls it to internal walls of the vagina, it can potentially cause a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), but consumption of no more than a single, 60 milliliter dose, labor may begin within a 24-hour time period.
This method should not be attempted, unless your are at full-term (39 1/2-41 weeks)pregnancy. Castor oil stimulate the uterus, which in turn will induce the signs of labor. It can also be utilized, after the rupture of the amniotic sac to speed up the labor process.
Inducing Labor at Home
Castor oil to induce labor has been utilized by midwives for many centuries, but it is important to never try this at home, when you are alone. There are some risks of using castor oil for this purpose including:
- Dehydration due to loose stools, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Fetal distress caused from meconium aspiration syndrome (thick, olive green tar-like texture)
- Hypokalemia (low serum potassium levels)
- Abdominal cramping (not labor pains)
- Syncope (fainting)
- Vertigo (dizziness)
It is crucial that you do not consume the hull or outer coating, because it contains the properties of a toxic chemical.
Castor oil should not be in conjunction with diuretics (water pills)
Ways to Induce Labor Naturally
If you are using castor oil for your first time, in hopes of inducing your labor, you should start out by only taking a 15 milliliter dose, but no more than 60 milliliters per day and no longer than a period of 1 week.
Always speak with your OB/GYN, before you attempt to naturally induce your labor.
- Sex can stimulate the uterus and boost the production of prostaglandins, which is a hormone-like substance used in Pitocin (labor inducing IV medications)
- Exercising, especially walking
- Acupuncture therapy
- Breast or nipple stimulation
- Evening primrose oil is capable of boosting prostaglandin production, which will soften and thin out the cervix
- Mechanical dilation (Foley catheter is inserted into the cervical opening, balloon inflated to dilate or expand the cervix)
- Rupturing the membranes (manually breaking the amniotic sac)
While many women are still turning to castor oil, as a labor inducement solution, you should understand the risks of excessive bouts of diarrhea, along with severe dehydration. Never allow your pregnancy to surpass the 42-week mark, because this may hold some potential risks for the unborn fetus and mother.
Is Inducing Labor Safe
It may not be safe to try to attempt inducing your own labor, but if you are under the strict care of a midwife, you may find these all-natural solutions very safe. Pitocin is a synthetic form of hormone oxytocin, which is very effective in inducing labor, but is only utilized in hospital labor and delivery units. It is virtually safe for the mother and body, but it is crucial that the labor and delivery process to be monitored fully, by the OB/GYN.
Reasons for Inducing Labor
While many women tire out at the end of their third trimester, this is truly not a reason to induce labor. Instead, your OB/GYN should make the determination of whether or not, your labor should be induced for the safety of the unborn baby or mother.
- Overdue pregnancies (at the 42 week mark)
- Fetal macrosomia (a birth weight of 8lb 3oz – 9lb 15oz), which occurs in 1 out of 10 pregnancies and may be linked to gestational diabetes
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (fetus too large for pelvic outlet)
- Pre-existing medical condition (mother or fetus), history of prior C-section delivery
- Abnormal birth position (breech or transverse)
- Multiple births
- Active genital Herpes infection
- Placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix
- Vasa previa (umbilical cord blood vessels are entangled in the amniotic membrane and risk rupture)
- Umbilical cord wrapped around fetus’ head or neck
- Preeclampsia is a restriction of blow flow to the fetus
Stripping Membranes to Induce Labor
This procedure is often used by OB/GYNs and midwives to induce labor and involves separating the amniotic sac from the uterine wall. This method is still in questioning due to its effectiveness in triggering contractions and inducing labor. Many women find that it does cause some discomfort, during the procedure. Spotting and cramping may also accompany the contractions.
Labor induction should not be done before the 39th week of gestation, due to the risks of fetal lung maturity. This procedure should not be completed, without continuous electronic fetal monitoring.
Pineapple to Induce Labor
Many women will questions whether or not does pineapple induce labor. Many women seem to think that the proteolytic enzymes (bromelain) found in pineapple, mango, and kiwi fruits contains labor inducing properties, as that of prostaglandin.