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How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

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How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

The Bump Expert

Medications used for labor induction work by either softening the cervix or by causing the uterus to contract; and in some cases, both. One common labor med is Cervidil, which is actually a string placed in the vagina next to the cervix. It has prostaglandin in it, which acts as an aid to ripen the cervix and start the labor process. Another common labor med you might hear about is Pitocin, which is actually a hormone. Pitocin is similar to a hormone our body already makes -- oxytocin -- and is given intravenously to stimulate contractions.

The primary risk of any medication used to induce labor is that it can work a little too well, causing too many contractions inside the uterus. If this occurs, baby may go into fetal distress, which ups the risk of needing a c-section. But this is a rare case. When used properly in carefully selected patients with close surveillance, meds used for labor inductions are always considered safe -- for Mom and baby.

Dr. Ashley Roman

Q: How do labor meds work and what are the risks?

Here’s a link to a website I found about anesthesia. It’s interesting. The link is www.doctorbyyourside.org.

mcblal |

How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

Read Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein...great source of information regarding drugs and other interventions used routinely by Doctors and hospital staff. They are not always considered safe for you and your baby and have many risks associated with them, not just "working to well". That is a little too positive when you think about the slippery slope of interventions and the affect it has on your baby. Unfortunately Drs and hospitals use these meds on normal, heathly labors and they often result in C-sects due to failed induction or the side effects from the induction and other interventions. Be smart and educate yourself!

jennjenn5158 |

How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

I was induced at 36/5 due to my high bp. They gave me something pitocin (i think thats what it was called) to start the contractions, it took me a while to get anywhere i had been 2 cm for about a month! I finally got to 8cm then i decided to have an epi and 2 hrs later my bundle of joy came! The only risk I ever had was my bp dropped pretty scary low about half way through other then that everything was ok.

Mommy2b2103 |