Desperate times …desperate measures…this is how I describe the use of castor oil in labor.
Back in the day, when a mom came to L & D in early labor more likely than not she was given an enema “high, hot and hellavu lot” was the non-medical term we used for this procedure. SSEs (soap suds enemas) were used to empty the bowel and stimulate labor. An added benefit was that mom did not have to worry about “pooping” during delivery.
Castor oil may or may not work…it is unpleasant tasting, the results of taking it can cause cramping and diarrhea, not a comfortable experience, especially at 40+ weeks pregnant.
Moms …check with your physician or midwife for tips on encouraging labor before resorting to this nasty choice.