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What are some ways to induce labor?

What are some ways to induce labor?

Lots of ways: Pitocin (oxytocin) is a medication that mimics a hormone in your body to start contractions. Cervidil and Cytotec are prostaglandins that soften the cervix and may start some contractions that are used when your cervix is less open. Some doctors use a catheter that manually opens the cervix a little as well. It depends on why you are being induced and how your cervix is to start. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Are there natural ways to induce labor?

Yes: Nipple stimulation is one way. It can cause powerful contractions so it is not something you should do without talking to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take borage oil pills to induce labor?

I wouldnt: I never recommend anything to induce labor unless it is in a more controlled environment. Letting your labor naturally start is always safer for you and your baby. Unless of course, you are going too far past your due date. I wouldnt take a chance with over the counter products to induce labor, . ...Read more

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Is it safe to use golden seal to induce labor at 38 wks?

Is it safe to use golden seal to induce labor at 38 wks?

No.: Golden seal does not induce labor. And it is not safe to induce labor at 38 weeks without a medical indication. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking caster oil to help induce labor?

What are the risks of taking caster oil to help induce labor?

Don't do it!: Unapproved indication in pregnancy, could stimulate forceful contractions and dehydration from diarrhea, a combination likely to lead to fetal asphyxia and death. Use of castor oil as a laxative during pregnancy should be avoided. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Labor Induction (Definition)

Induction of labor to deliver the baby sooner may be considered when there are maternal or fetal indications that continuing the ...Read more