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Is it safe to use castor oil to induce labor?

Robert J. Fagnant, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Castor oil can cause contractions that may cause labor, but it can also make the contractions firm and constant, which can decrease the oxygen that gets to the baby. Even though things like castor oil can make you have contractions, they may not cause labor and they may cause some distress to the baby. So the recommendation is not to do anything like castor oil to make labor happen. It should only be used under the direction of your physician.

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