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which medications stop labor from progressing?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
None: Despite the fact that many obstetricians use medications like terbutaline, magnesium sulfate, and Nifedipine to prevent early labor from progressing, many studies show that they are not very effective....And, for active labor, there are no known medications, at this time, to stop progression.
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
These meds are most useful in delaying delivery while trying to use steroids to help fetal lung maturity.
Oct 26, 2011
Dr. Evans Prieston
Pharmacology 44 years experience
Labor: Although not fda approved, terbutaline is often used. Also, ethyl alcohol (the kind you drink) has been used to slow the progression of labor.

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Can a bumpy car ride bring on labor?

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I think so: I would guess it is possible but not probable.
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How likely is it that I will tear in consecutive labors?

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Why does labor take such a long time for first-time moms?

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Lack of stretch: The ligaments of the pelvis as well as the "stretchiness" of the cervix is relatively tight in women who have not delivered a child vaginally. Once you have delivered a child vaginally then these ligaments and the cervix are looser and stretch faster and more easily with the next pregnancy.
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Are there ways to speed labor?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Yes: Sometimes OB providers will break the amniotic sac ("bag of waters") to bring on labor. Other techniques can also be used, with varying success. Or oxytocin ("pit") given in an intravenous (IV) solution can be used to increase the frequency and strength of contractions. That results in a more regular pattern of labor that may shorten the time from start of labor (regular contractions) to delivery.
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What is a ''physiological'' third stage of labor?

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See below: Physiologic third stage of labor means no Pitocin (oxytocin) after the baby is born, no cord traction, no early clamping of the cord. Postpartum hemorrhage is a serious problem and occurs most often in low risk women. Pph hemorrhage rates have been shown to be higher when physiologic management of third stage is employed rather than active management.

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