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Birth Ball To Induce Labor
No evidence: There's no evidence that can confirm whether or not bouncing the ball will truly help to induce labor , nor is there evidence for walking or standing or doing any number of exercises. It certainly does not hurt so long as you don't fall. Sometimes bouncing makes you feel more comfortable and that in itself is a benefit. ...Read more
Not heard of: I have not heard of the birth(ing) ball actually inducing labor. I know that it is being used during pregnancy to relieve pregnancy associated musculo-sceletal problems and in labor to accommodate labor pain. I cannot imagine a mechanism by which the birth ball would induce labor. ...Read more
Fear-induced labor I am writing a fiction book and was wondering if fear can induce labor in a woman who is almost ready to give birth anyway?
Wait until 39 weeks: After 39 weeks, you can encourage contractions in a uterus that is ready with sex (semen has natural hormones that gently stimulate labor) or gentle nipple stimulation. If the uterus is ready, it might work. If it doesn't work, it's probably not ready for labor. Your doctor can sweep membranes. The baby is developing it's brain and lungs and other organs right up to 40 weeks, so don't rush nature! ...Read more
Kickstart: Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health. There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nature or not: Induction of labor is recommended when a pregnancy needs to be delivered for medical reasons. Providers use medications soften the cervix and contractions to start. All methods have risks, and "natural" methods can be just as risky as medication unless you are being monitored by your physician. If you are concerned and you need induction, talk to your doctor about what your options are. ...Read more
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