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can labor be induced with fish oil?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Not likely.: Fish oil is not one of those things doctors regularly recommend to induce labor. It likely has no down sides, but probably isn't effective. Sexual intercourse, however, can be a natural way to induce labor.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe - catabolic : Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile. Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".

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A 31-year-old member asked:

If I go into labor pre-term, which specialists will come to the delivery?

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Yes: Neonatalogists or pediatricians who specialize in the care of premature infants will examine the baby and determine whether or not the baby needs to go to the neonatal intensive care unit.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to "induce" labor?

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Cause labor to start: Medications are administered to the mother orally, intravenously, or vaginally that cause hormone changes in the uterus. These medications enable to the uterus to start contracting causing the cervix to open and labor to start.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What decisions will my doctors have the power to make in labor and delivery?

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Two way street: You have complete control over medical decisions that concern you. Since you have a baby inside you, your doctor in responsible for both patients. Certain medical conditions place the mom's needs at odds with the baby's. All medical decisions should be discussed with you and you have the right to participate in your care.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it true that spicy foods can help start labor?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: Probably not, although spicy foods can worsen heartburn caused by reflux, a very common situation in pregnancy.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are some early labor signs?

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Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
As follows;: Cramping which starts out far apart and becomes more regular and more painful. You may leak fluid and may have bleeding. If you are ever unsure, check with your doctor right away.

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