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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?
Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?
Evening Primrose: Proponents of natural birth methods and many midwives swear by using evening primrose oil to help ripen the cervix. Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandins, which are used for inducing labor. It is said to help soften and ripen the cervix to help prepare it for the birth of your baby. Evening primrose oil is more commonly used by midwives. Very few obstetricians employ this method. ...Read more
Lots of ways: Pitocin 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
39 weeks: Labor can be induced at anytime. Sometimes we even induce prematurely if the mom or baby are in danger. There are risks of prematurity though. These risks seem to be lessened after 38 completed weeks. So we try to wait until after 39 weeks to induce someone electively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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