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How long does the doctor wait to induce labor after due date? 41 or 42weeks? How do doctors induce labor? How is it done

How long does the doctor wait to induce labor after due date? 41 or 42weeks? How do doctors induce labor? How is it done

Depends: Most doctors will induce at 42 weeks, but some might induce earlier. There are a number of methods used for inducing labor, ranging from stripping cervical membranes to breaking the water to using a combination of medications to soften the cervix and stimulate uterine contractions. ...Read more

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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


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How many castor oil capsules do I need to take to induce my labor at 40 weeks? I'm scheduled for induction and would rather labor at home.

How many castor oil capsules do I need to take to induce my labor at 40 weeks? I'm scheduled for induction and would rather labor at home.

None: Castor oil is not recommended as it does not work to induce labor. It will on the other hand give you very unpleasant diarrhea. If you do not want to be induced discuss with your doctor whether or not an induction is medically necessary in your situation. ...Read more

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Im 24 wks 4 days pregnant cervix is shorten measuring 1cm how long will it be before I go into labor ?

Im 24 wks 4 days pregnant cervix is shorten measuring 1cm how long will it be before I go into labor ?

This is worrisome: Please discuss this with your OB or Perinatologist. It is important to get care so that they can hopefully prevent a bad outcome. Perhaps cerclage would be in order, Please discuss it with them. ...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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37wks&2days 80% effaced & 3-4cm dilated first baby -2 to -1 station sched. Induction @ 39 weeks what can I do to go in active labor want to go naturally?

37wks&2days 80% effaced & 3-4cm dilated first baby -2 to -1 station sched. Induction @ 39 weeks what can I do to go in active labor want to go naturally?

Patience: Let mother nature do her work. Your body and your baby know when it is the right time to go into labor. There are more and more studies every day about more problems in 'early term babies' - those born from 37-39 weeks. You are not even due yet. I know you are very uncomfortable and want to meet your new baby, but the baby likes it where he or she is right now, so let them stay where they are! ...Read more

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How much castor oil do I need to take to induce labor? I will be 41 weeks in 2 days.

I would not....: use castor oil as a natural induction method. There are other natural induction methods that can be discussed with your physician. Castor oil can lead to dehydration from the diarrhea it can produce. There are other, safer methods. ...Read more

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3 CM dialated, 50% defaced and full term pregnancy.. How can labor be safely induced at home?

3 CM dialated, 50% defaced and full term pregnancy.. How can labor be safely induced at home?

Intercourse: Hi! three centimeters is great! the best way to safely induce or encourage maybe is a better word labor at home is intercourse. The semen contains prostaglandins in small amounts. Prostaglandins are what providers use to induce labor in some cases. Put your baby-daddy to work! if your water breaks though, then stop and call your provider. Good luck! dr brown. ...Read more

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How early do they try to stop preterm labor?

How early do they try to stop preterm labor?

About 22+ weeks: After 22+ weeks of gestation many ob's will attempt to use tocolytics to stop labor, especially if the mother has had repeat pregnancy losses. Viability of a live fetus however is dependant upon the nicu of the hospital and its' care until the fetal lungs are mature enough to breathe and survive once pre-term delivery occurs. ...Read more

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Will a doctor induce labor at 38 or 39 weeks pregnant due to severe sacroiliac joint pain?

Will a doctor induce labor at 38 or 39 weeks pregnant due to severe sacroiliac joint pain?

Labor induction: It's possible. You'll need to ask him or her. Usually we would fit a woman with a belly brace to lift the pressure off the pelvic floor. But if you've already tried that, it's possible your doctor would consider induction. The benefits need to outweigh the risks. Only your provider can make this judgement. ...Read more

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Trouble controlling preterm contractions mid 30 weeks. Baby measur good w/ efw 3lb 10oz. Likely to make it to term? How will this change prenatal care

Trouble controlling preterm contractions mid 30 weeks. Baby measur good w/ efw 3lb 10oz. Likely to make it to term? How will this change prenatal care

Hard to say...: The good news is that you've reached the third trimester -- most babies born after 30 weeks do ok. If your cervix is dilating, the risk of early birth is higher, but lots of women have contractions and still make it to term. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant 2 to 3cm dilated, 60% efface, -3 station and discharging with irregular contractions how long should I wait to call the dr, ?

YOUR OB should have: Already given you all of those instructions, i tell my pts when the contractions are every 5 minutes for for an 1-2 hrs, or if the water breaks or if they are farther apart than every 5 minutes but they hurt bad enough you want something for pain. ...Read more

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What are the ways to start natural labor pain rather then inducing.Im 39 weeks 3 days pregnant.

What are the ways to start natural labor pain rather then inducing.Im 39 weeks 3 days pregnant.

Walking: May help, nipple stimulation induces release of oxytocin which can make you contract but whether you go into labor can be hard to say, good luck. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant but only 1cm dilated. What can help start labor?

38 weeks pregnant but only 1cm dilated. What can help start labor?

Nothing proven to wo: work, but your doctor can induce you anytime after 39 weeks gestation depending on your specific situation ...Read more

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How does doctors induce at 39 weeks pregnatn?

How does doctors induce at 39 weeks pregnatn?

Several ways: Typically they give you an IV medication called oxytocin, which is the same hormone that your brain produces to make you go into labor. Sometimes they will do other things, including a couple of different medications in your vagina and cervix. Discuss it with your physician. ...Read more