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Doctor insights on: Maternity Acupuncture To Induce Labor

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Does acupressure really work to induce labor?

Does acupressure really work to induce labor?

Possibly: This may be helpful in balancing the body and stimulating the uterus but is no guarantee. ...Read more

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Will nipple stimulation induce labor?

Will nipple stimulation induce labor?

Effective 4 some : Nipple stimulation can be effective for some. It triggers a release of a hormone called oxytocin from the brain. Always get clearance from your doctor first. Gently rubbing, tweaking the nipples over time will lead to some uterine contractions. ...Read more

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Can doctos decide to induce labour due to gallstone pain?

Can doctos decide to induce labour due to gallstone pain?

Yes: If you are near term and having a bout of acute cholecystitis that need surgery it's often safer to do the delivery and then have surgery. Otherwise if it is a minor episode then they usually let it pass. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors give inductions?

Can chiropractors give inductions?

Induce labor? No.: No, chiropractors do not induce labor. Chiropractors are not allowed to prescribe, dispense, or administer medications as this falls outside of their primary training. It is possible that some claim to have special "chiropractic techniques" for inducing labor without drugs, but more likely they just do helpful massage, plus movements and positioning of a woman's back, hips, and legs. ...Read more

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Can foot accupressure help during early labor?

Can foot accupressure help during early labor?

Ankle & hand: There are two acupressure points that can be used to help induce labor. One is on the hand and the other is inside the ankle. Be aware that they are normally only useful when the body is physiologically prepared for labor. Acupressure can also be used decrease anxiety and pain during delivery. ...Read more

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Can you induce labor with swimming?

Can you induce labor with swimming?

No: But swimming is good exercise all the way through pregnancy, if u are at last 39 weeks talk to you doc about induction, I do not let any of my pts go past their due date an induction in my hands has saved many pts from having a csection and from having a bad outcome by not going past their due date. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture be good for inducing labor?

Can acupuncture be good for inducing labor?

WHO says yes: According to the world health organization, induction of labor falls under the category of “diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment”. ...Read more

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When pregnant, can your doctor detect herbal labor inducers, like cotton root bark, during or after labor ?

When pregnant, can your doctor detect herbal labor inducers, like cotton root bark, during or after labor ?

Purpose : Your physician is trying to help you and your newborn to have uncomplicated delivery. By withholding information from your physician you can harm yourself and your child. ...Read more

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Using during labor Epidural . Do Epidural affect the baby?

Using during labor Epidural .
Do Epidural affect the baby?

No, it should not: You should ask the anesthetist or obstetrician any questions you have about the procedure; but the reason it is used so frequently instead of other drugs is that it is so safe. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there any way to stay calm & relaxed during labor & delivery with no epidural?

Is there any way to stay calm & relaxed during labor & delivery with no epidural?

It is possible: Would urge learning of biofeedback relaxation techniques, and practicing meditation. Hypnosis might be a very good approach, and of course the traditional La Maz breathing should not be ignored. The epidural is an approach to decrease pain but is not the only one. ...Read more

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If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

Pain meds & fetus: The answer is yes for narcotic medications. All of them will get into the babies circulation and make him/her drowsy or floppy at birth, occasionally requiring breathing resuscitation. The epidural form of anesthesia does not have a direct affect on baby's tone or consciousness, but is associated with maternal low blood pressure and delay in the 2nd stage of labor. So they all have some affect. ...Read more

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Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Yes: Yes, it can as long as it is done gently and no anal intercourse is done due to infection risk and cross contamination. Orgasm in the third trimester can actually stimulate demonstrable uterine contractions that can eventually result in labor. Please check with your treating OB MD to be certain that it is safe to engage in sexual activity. ...Read more

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Can midwives give you pills during labor?

Can midwives give you pills during labor?

Probably: In most states, certified nurse midwives are independent practitioners with the ability to write prescriptions. They are very well trained. Lay midwives are not licensed and are unable to prescribe medications. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How can I naturally induce labor?

How can I naturally induce labor?

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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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