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prolonged labor causes?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Fetal/maternal size.: Large babies and small/large mothers have higher likelihood of prolonged labors. Other causes: maternal uterine fibroids, intraamniotic infections, magnesium sulfate, malpresentation.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does labor last?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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6-36 hours: It really depends on the number baby it is for you, the size of the baby, etc.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Not really: This is out of your hands really. Exercise regularly throughout the pregnancy. Don't overeat and really try to eat very healthy (lots of vegetables) so that you don't gain too much weight.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do complementary doctors treat prolonged labor?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Multiple ways: If the labor is not "active" and is early stage non-progressive labor often ob's wait for "mother nature" to get in sync. Prolonged active labor that is not progressing with cervical dilitation and there is a pelvic bone obstruction present than surgical intervention will occur(c/section). Contemporary ob's rarely use forceps, or stimulate a labor with meds if the fetal monitoring shows a problem.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do they speed up prolonged labor?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Prolonged labor: Prolonged labor can be helped by the use of Pitocin (oxytocin) augmentation of contractions.
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A female asked:

How long does labor usually last?

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Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Labor: Labor is extremely variable. It can be as short as 1 hour (lucky) or as long as two days or more. These are both extremes though. For a first baby labor should be about 12-18 hours. Subsequent labors are usually shorter, usually 6-10 hours. It is important to monitor the health of the baby during labor. It is a stressful time for the baby also. Good luck!

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