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Medications Stop Labor 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
It depends...: Fentanyl, remifentanyl, nitrous, Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) are just a fee of the medications given intravenously by the rn's during labor. Self medication during labor is usually discouraged. As far as getting medications in the back (epidural), it is mostly local anesthetics that are not narcotics. ...Read more
Ativan (lorazepam): Ativan (lorazepam) is a fairly short-acting benzodiazepine with no metabolites. It can be given IV if needed. If you're very concerned about panic attacks and anxiety, you should be in treatment before labor -- and some of the breathing you do for labor, could be helpful for calming anxiety as well. Having someone you trust there to coach you and be present with you may also help calm anxiety. ...Read more
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
No.: If your dates are correct, there is no indication for tocolysis after 34 weeks. ...Read more
Personal Preference: In theory most do not require it but the vast majority opt for it in some fashion for their comfort level. It is personal preference and is your choice as to which option you chose. ...Read more
Went I to preterm labor at 32w. Able to stop it. I'm 35+2 and 2cm dilated. Is there a chance to have this baby early too?
I'm 29 weeks pregnant and I've been drinking ALOT of soda. How bad can that be when labor comes and to my baby? If I stop now will it help big time?
I have in my intathecal drug pump dilaudid. After each increase I have labored breathing. Now I'm having chest pain and Drs don't know why. Is it meds?
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Need more information...do you have cardiac problem, Respiratory issues/ Why are you receiving intrathecal OPIATES???????
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Is my doctor trying to stop my labor? Like I have contractions every 4 minute lasting 80 seconds long I'm 36 weeks am 5 days pregnant and keeps getting muscle relaxers and what not but not working. Is my doctor trying to stop labor
Late preterm labor.: Your doctor is probably trying to keep you as comfortable as possible during your episode of late preterm labor. Muscle relaxants, however, do not work for anything but musculoskeletal pain and you are suffering from uterine contraction pain. Patience, tylenol, (acetaminophen) lower back massage by your partner, and frequent assessments by your obstetrician to determine if you are in active labor are needed! ...Read more
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
No: Women have been looking for ways to induce labor for centuries. By "term" 40 weeks of pregnancy, most women are quite ready to go into labor, but there really isn't any known or safe way to induce labor using over the counter drugs. Babies typically come when they are ready to come. If there are medical problems that suggest that delivery should occur, there are specific medical treatments. ...Read more
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