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Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Not really: This is out of your hands really. Exercise regularly throughout the pregnancy. Don't overeat and really try to eat very healthy (lots of vegetables) so that you don't gain too much weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurie Green
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Prolonged Labor (Definition)

Prolonged labor = failure to progress. This is when a first -time mother has labor lasting 20 hours or more or a women who is multigravida is in labor ...Read more


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Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Very Very Rare...: Fortunately, Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is very rare. Most Ob/Gyns practice their entire career without seeing a single case. Oxytocin is recommended for many reasons including prolonged labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Prolonged labor causes?

Prolonged labor causes?

Fetal/maternal size.: Large babies and small/large mothers have higher likelihood of prolonged labors. Other causes: maternal uterine fibroids, intraamniotic infections, magnesium sulfate, malpresentation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Prolonged labor?

What is the definition or description of: Prolonged labor?

Prolonged labor: Prolonged labor = failure to progress. This is when a first -time mother has labor lasting 20 hours or more or a women who is multigravida is in labor 14 hours or more. ...Read more

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Uterus not contracting? Is that prolonged labor?

Uterus not contracting? Is that prolonged labor?

Prolonged labor: First question, is the pregnancy term or close to term. At or near term, 2nd important question is primi or multigravida. 3rd thing is effect on contraction on the cervix. Differential diagnosis is irritable uterus, dysfunctional uterine activity. ...Read more

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How do complementary doctors treat prolonged labor?

Unsure: I have no knowledge of a complementary doctor providing intrapartum obstetric care. The length of the labor is directly related to labor, delivery, and postpartum complications - so a prolonged labor does need to be managed in some manner to expedite a safe delivery, for both mother and baby. ...Read more

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Do I have prolonged labor because of the epidurals taken for delivery?

Do I have prolonged labor because of the epidurals taken for delivery?

Labor & epidurals: Analgesic agents can slow up the process of delivery by inhibiting contractions. It is the commonest reason to augment labor with medication. With proper dose contractions will resume and labor progresses. ...Read more