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What will help my labor go by fast?

What will help my labor go by fast?

Oxytocin: In some cases, it is necessary to augment labor by increasing the frequency and strength of contractions. That is often done by giving oxytocin (pitocin) in an IV in the pregnant woman's arm. If a provider says labor should be "speeded up" with "pit" an expectant couple should ask why it is needed, what are the benefits and risks, if anesthesia needs change, and if mom and fetus are doing well. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having two premature labors?

What are the chances of having two premature labors?

Related to cause: If the cervix dilated very early (the old medical term is 'incompetent' cervix), then the risk is high. If there was an infection, the odds are not very high if the infection was treated completely. If there was a larger than normal uterus due to multiple babies or high amount of fluid, it is unlikely to recur. If the cause is unknown, then refer to answer by dr garvey. Also seek mfm consultation. ...Read more

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Will it ever be possible to have a painless labor in the future?

No: There are many pain control options during labor, the most effective being an epidural. However, when labor first starts contractions will be painful, so while an epidural can relieve most pain associated with labor (although sometimes not the sensation of pressure!) it is highly unlikely that a completely painless labor exists, but we can make it more comfortable. ...Read more

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What does labor feel like ?

What does labor feel like ?

How far pregnant?: Labor pains occur with regularity and feel like a hard muscle cramp--(your uterus). The intensity will increase as labor helps to bring the baby down for delivery. You should learn how to grade labor pains from very hard to just starting to feel them. Your obstetrician will teach you. Best wishes! Always let your doctor know if you have any vaginal discharge--water or blood especially. ...Read more

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Is slower than normal labor a symptom for a specific condition?

Longer labors: Longer labors are seen in some obstetrical conditions such as twins or larger babies. Longer labors are not associated with any specific medical conditions. ...Read more

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Which medications stop labor from progressing?

Which medications stop labor from progressing?

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. ...Read more

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What is induction of labor?

Pitocin use: Induction involves the use of a drug(pitocin) to stimulate contractions when pregnancies exceed 42 documented weeks or electively at the time of fetal maturity for other reasons, or earlier in the pregnancy such as a diabetic mother with a suspected "large baby". ...Read more

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How likely is it that I will tear in consecutive labors?

How likely is it that I will tear in consecutive labors?

Very: Women who tear in one labor often tear in the next. This is because the tissue that heals along the old tear site is not as strong as unscarred tissue. ...Read more

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What are some signs that labor is soon?

What are some signs that labor is soon?

Mucous plug: Some women will lose their mucous plug a week or two prior to the onset of labor. This is very variable. Another is the sensation that you can now breath because the baby has settled lower into the pelvis. Also a change in the way you walk for that reason and a sensation around the rectum. ...Read more

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My previous labor lasted over 15 hours; will my next labor also take that long?

Depends : In general, labor is shorter with second and third pregnancies but not always. The position of the baby, the size of the baby, how far along you are influence the length of labor. Some complications like gestational diabetes can also influence the length of labor as well. ...Read more

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