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breaking water to induce labor

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Several: You can use prostaglandins like cervidil. You can use pitocin (oxytocin). You can use extra-amniotic saline infusion.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Nipple stimulation is one way. It can cause powerful contractions so it is not something you should do without talking to your doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
No, but it helps: Walking doesn't induce labor but it might help in bringing the fetus down and help stretch the cervix a bit.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: But too much caffine at term can be bad for your heart , if you re 39-40 weeks please discuss with your OB about inducing, I have delivered over 5000 ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Labor: Stripping membranes or rupturing membranes are two ways.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
40 years experience Dentistry
Good Home Care: Spend at least 10 minutes a day brushing plus floss at least once a day. Have your teeth cleaned at least every 4 months.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: No. This would very a false myth.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Evening Primrose: Proponents of natural birth methods and many midwives swear by using evening primrose oil to help ripen the cervix. Evening primrose oil contains pros ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neeoo Chin
39 years experience Fertility Medicine
Yes: As long as a full-term pregnancy is established then certain things may help to promote labor. There is a point on the inner side of the shin bone cal ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No recommended: Castor oil is not recommended. It is horribly unpleasant and also ineffective.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your body makes.It helps increase the effectiveness of contractions.Drs can add a pit to assist labor & at proper doses it ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
24 years experience Fertility Medicine
Possible: One of the more common causes of preterm premature rupture of membranes is infection, such as chorioamnionitis (infection of the placenta).
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Castor Oil: Castor oil will help you empty your bowels. It will not trigger labor unless coincidentally your uterus is ready to start contractions.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience Anesthesiology
Purpose : Your physician is trying to help you and your newborn to have uncomplicated delivery. By withholding information from your physician you can harm your ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No. : There is a paucity of data regarding the safety and/or efficacy of castor oil which is often ingested rather than used topically. People tend to repor ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benner
32 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ask your provider: Some women with a history of rapid labors will opt for an induction after 39 weeks. This is usually done to reduce the chance of delivery at home or ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Babies come when: They are ready. Doctors can induce labor when there is a medical indication.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Nobody knows what makes women go into labor. Something happens and there are changes the levels of certain hormones, such as decreasing Progesterone a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Lykins
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: A little water weight gain is normal during certain times in your cycle... most commonly right before and during your period, and during ovulation. T ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: Castor oil is neither safe nor effective for inducing labor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
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 contracti ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Celia Dominguez
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
Wait natural labor : await natural labor. If your water bags breaks too early risk of infection increases
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A female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Probably not: First, PLEASE do NOT try to induce labor if it is not yet your due date. When your baby is ready it will start the process. But if you're past your du ... Read More

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