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Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

Depends on cervix: Before induction your current cervical exam is used as a determinant for which mode of induction. Cervidil is most likely used when the cervix is less soft, dilated, and effaced (thinned out), and more posterior, as it increases prostaglandins release to stimulate dilation, thinning and softening. Those who are already dilated and effaced benefit more from pitocin (oxytocin). ...Read more

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Is magnesium citrate ok to induce labor?

Is magnesium citrate ok to induce labor?

Not likely: Magnesium is used by OB to slow / delay / stop labor. Mag citrate will likely just give you a colicky stomach prior to "clearing you out" from wrong (or at least not intended) orifice. Sorry. ...Read more

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Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your own body makes to help you squeeze out a baby. It helps increase the effectiveness of the contractions. Drs can add a supplement to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process.Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor(leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make. ...Read more

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Does caffeine induce labor?

Does caffeine induce labor?

No: But too much caffine at term can be bad for your heart , if you re 39-40 weeks please discuss with your OB about inducing, I have delivered over 5000 babies and do not let any of my pts go past their due date. ...Read more

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Can the drug pitocin (oxytocin) - used to induce and augment labor cause an overreaction requiring c section?

Can the drug pitocin (oxytocin) - used to induce and augment labor cause an overreaction requiring c section?

Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your body makes.It helps increase the effectiveness of contractions.Drs can add a pit to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process.Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor(leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make.Distressed babies need to be delivered asap. ...Read more

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Procardia (nifedipine) ok to stop preterm contractions?

Procardia (nifedipine) ok to stop preterm contractions?

Preterm contractions: Premature contractions? Or premature labor? Premature labor is treated with Nifedipine (procardia). Real premature labor can't really be stopped by any agent for more than 24 - 48 hrs. Enough time to give steroids to the mother to accelerate fetal lung maturity. ...Read more

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Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Much safer: Nifedipine (brand name: procardia) is a much safer class of medication for premature labor than it's predecessors, such as terbutaline or ritodrine, which could cause fast heartbeat, high blood sugars, and even pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Nifedipine used for labor?

Nifedipine used for labor?

Used to stop labor: Nifedipine can be used to stop threated preterm labor in certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Is procardia (nifedipine) xl in early pregnancy safe?

Is procardia (nifedipine) xl in early pregnancy safe?

See your doctor: Procardia crosses the placenta and small amounts can be detected in newborn infants. There have been incidents of complications but having a pregnant mother with untreated blood pressure is harmful to the fetus and the mother as well. Nifedipine is Pregnancy Category C, the doctor is the only person who can weigh the risks versus the benefits to determine if nifedipine is the best option for you. ...Read more

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Dandelion capsules 500 mg as mild diuretic alternative safety during breastfeeding not pregnancy?maximum safe dose?

Dandelion capsules 500 mg as mild diuretic alternative safety during breastfeeding not pregnancy?maximum safe dose?

Better not use it: Although it's an herb, it is still a medicine, safety isn't established in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. It still interacts with other medicines. If you really need a water pill for a medical reason, why not ask your doctor about it. Please don't self medicate, check this link for more information, wish you and your baby wellness, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-706-dandelion.aspx?activeingredientid=706& ...Read more

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Taking Tramadol Hcl during pregnancy is it safe??

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Taking Tramadol Hcl during pregnancy is it safe??

Not recommended: Tramadol considered Category C - Risk cannot be ruled out. Ask your OB-GYN for more information. Good luck. ...Read more

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Terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Terbutaline  used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Terbutaline can be used to stop contractions, but it is not terribly effective, and has some significant side effects so it is not being used very much anymore. ...Read more

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Whiches the Safests antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy?

Whiches the Safests antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy?

Safest Rx for Sz: No drug is entirely safe, but the medicines levetiracetam and lamotrigine (keppra and lamictal) are known to have lower side effects during pregnancy than most other medicines used to treat epilepsy. This is in particular true for teratogenic side effects. Most neurologists will try to use those for people who are pregnant with epilepsy. Most neurologists will avoid valproate during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is bentyl (dicyclomine) safe during pregnancy?

Is bentyl (dicyclomine) safe during pregnancy?

Avoid Class B drugs: Bentyl (dicyclomine) an anticholinergic prevents spasms in gut muscles and bladder by relaxing them. Fda classified Bentyl as type b drug, meaning effects of Bentyl on an unborn child has not been studied extensively. Bentyl should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. Notify prescribing doc if you become pregnant. Bentyl does pass into breast milk. ...Read more

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Is terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Is terbutaline  used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Yes, but it has never been shown to be a very effective medication for this, and it can have significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

In most cases, the benefits of antiviral flu (influenza) medication during pregnancy outweigh the risks: During pregnancy, the flu poses a serious threat to your health and your baby's health. Pregnancy increases your risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia. In turn, flu complications increase the risk of premature birth and other pregnancy problems. Although it's important to be cautious with any medication during pregnancy, research supports the safety of prescription antiviral medication — such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) — to treat flu during pregnancy. If you're pregnant and have signs or symptoms of the flu, contact your health care provider right away. He or she will help you decide if an antiviral medication is right for you. If your health care provider prescribes an antiviral medication, remember that the medication is most effective when taken within 48 hours of the first signs or symptoms — although benefits are still possible if the medication is taken later. If you have a fever, your health care provider might recommend taking acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as well. Some studies have shown an increased risk of neural tube defects — serious abnormalities of the brain or spinal cord — in the babies of women who experience high fevers during the first four to six weeks of pregnancy. Remember, a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from the dangers of the flu during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for anyone who's pregnant during flu season unless you've had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination. When you get your flu shot, be sure to request the flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it's safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy. The nasal spray vaccine is made from a live virus, which makes it less appropriate during pregnancy or while you're trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Possible : It may relieve the pain and doesn't hurt you or baby to take on occasion when you are having these contractions. ...Read more

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Why isn't terbutaline approved by the fda for preterm labor?

Why isn't terbutaline approved by the fda for preterm labor?

Side effect profile.: Terbutaline can block the uterine contractions of the final common pathway leading to preterm labor, however it does nothing to address the etiology of preterm contractions and has significant and potentially life-threatening maternal side effects with tachycardia, hyperglycemia and arrhythmias. There is little evidence that terbutaline (a brochodilator by design) is useful for long-term tocolysis. ...Read more

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Any docs familiar with the cervix softening gel prepidil? What can you tell me about it?

Any docs familiar with the cervix softening gel prepidil? What can you tell me about it?

Ripens the cervix...: Prostaglandins are natural body substances that are involved in the softening and dilation of the cervix in preparation for birth. Prepidil is Prostaglandin E2. It can be used help make the cervix ready for labor as part of the induction of labor. It is placed in the vagina in the hospital while the baby is monitored. It can cause contractions or less commonly, labor. Its very effective. ...Read more

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When is labor induced?

When is labor induced?

Labor induction: Labor induction might be induced in a number of situations. It's usually recommended when conditions for the baby in the uterus are dangerous. Some of the common reasons are diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and evidence that the baby is not growing well. The most common reason is that you’re more than one week overdue. Babies do not do well if you go too far past due date ...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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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 the best positions to help labor go by quicker?

What is the best positions to help labor go by quicker?

Standing: Depends on cultural seTting, but standing up and squatting has been best way to deliver. ...Read more

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I am 9 months and no pain at all or labor what should I do?

I am 9 months and no pain at all or labor what should I do?

9 mo: Keep in touch with the ob/gyn. If he or she is not worried then you should not be. However current practice is to perhaps induce labor when you are ready but the ob/gyn will decide. Talk to them. ...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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Is a toothache a sign of labor?

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Is a toothache a sign of labor?

Is a sign to see DDS: A toothache during pregnancy may indicate the need for dental care and has nothing to do with labor. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some early labor signs?

As follows;: Cramping which starts out far apart and becomes more regular and more painful. You may leak fluid and may have bleeding. If you are ever unsure, check with your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Could my labor cause endometriosis?

Could my labor cause endometriosis?

No: Endmoetriosis usually becomes dormant during pregnancy. There are some case reports of endometriosis occuring outside the pelvic cavity but theese are rare. Labor and endometriosis don't usually go together, but your doctor may be able to better answer after further questioning. ...Read more

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What's the chances of dying during labor?

What's the chances of dying during labor?

<1:10,000-1:100,000.: The overall maternal mortality in the us is 1:10, 000 births. Maternal intrapartum mortality is even more rare, probably by an order of magnitude. Worldwide, maternal mortality during labor is much, much more common - see "no woman, no cry" by christy turlington-burns. http://everymothercounts.org/film. ...Read more

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What are the signs/symptoms of early labor?

Signs of: labor at any point in time are regular, painful contractions that cause cervical change. No change in cervix = no labor. If it's before the 38th completed week it is considered "early" labor. Call your doctor promptly if this is happening, and good wishes. ...Read more

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Can taking mirilax cause me to go in to labor?

Can taking mirilax cause me to go in to labor?

Always a first..: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a lavage agent that improves the ease of defecating. I'm not aware of a bowel movement inducing labor, but I guess there's always a first. Its typically best to, & I recommend that you, check with your obstetrician before taking any product to assess if its safe in your unique circumstance. ...Read more

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What would happen if I went into labor this early?

What would happen if I went into labor this early?

This early: I am sorry but you failed to provide even a shred of personal history or dating with your question. It is completely impossible to answer. ...Read more

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What are signs of early labor and when is to early?

What are signs of early labor and when is to early?

Short light contract: Early signs of labor may have short mild contractions. As labor progresses more intense contractions with shorter intervals between contractions. ...Read more

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Almost 40weeks but no labor yet, discharges, yes.. whats happening?

Almost 40weeks but no labor yet, discharges, yes.. whats happening?

Not labor: Discharge is not sign of labor but a watery discharge in larger amounts is water breaking. Some women go over 40 weeks which is normal but annoying! Good luck! ...Read more

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How to breathe during labor?

How to breathe during labor?

Breathe: Contractions last 30-45 seconds roughly and the worst part is the top 5 seconds... In through your nose out through your mouth... Slowly :). ...Read more

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How will I know I'm in labor?

5-1-1: 5-1-1 is a good general rule. Contractions every 5 min lasting 1 min each for at least 1 hour. If this is happening, it is time to head in to labor and delivery. If your water breaks, you should head in. If you’re bleeding, you should head in. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do i know if i'm in labor??

Labor: Once your contractions are coming at relatively regular intervals and your cervix begins to progressively dilate and efface, you're officially in labor, your contractions will gradually become longer, stronger, and closer together. Eventually they'll be coming every five minutes and lasting 40 to 60 seconds, ...Read more

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How can I tell if I am in labor?

Labor: When you are starting labor your water may break or you may have blood in vaginal discharge. The baby may feel like s/he had dropped lower. Nausea or loose stools may be present . Contractions may be strong, regular and don't cease until delivery. There may also be back pain. ...Read more

Prepidil (Definition)

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Labor Inducer (Definition)

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