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Prolonged Labor In Children
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
Prolonged labor: You didn't do anything right or wrong to have a prolonged labor. You don't have much control over the process. ...Read more
Prolonged labor: Commonest reason is the malposition os the fetus, cephalopelvic dispriportion. ...Read more
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
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
Had spinal fusion, preggo 2yrs after w/ prolonged labor of over 40 hours & pushed 3 hour ending in a c section. Could that have caused my new issues?
Plan Ahead: You are usually not able to bring other children to the delivery suite during labor, nor would you be able to care for them and manage them. Make a plan as delivery nears to have a friend, relative, or other caregiver available and "on call" to take your children when you need to go to the hospital for delivery. ...Read more
There is one study that proposes, at the molecular level that an excess of oxytocin during birth could cross the infants blood brain barrier in sheep and mice.
This was published almost 10 years ago, and as far as I know there has been nothing further. On the other hand there are some studies that are proposing the use of oxytocin to aid in repetitive behaviors seen in the autistic spectrum. ...Read more
I am having pressure in my pelvic. It's scaring me because I'm afraid it will affect me having children, what is the issue? I am having pressure in my pelvic area and I can feel it most when I sit down, it's worrying me because I had a pre term labor in
Pelvic pressure warrants a medical evaluation. You may be dealing with something as simple as a urinary tract infection (uti). On the other hand you may have uterine fibroids (benign tumors of the uterus) or even ovarian cysts. Also vaginal infections can present this way.
As you see there are a few different possibilities. Your doctor will need to do some testing and will also likely order a pelvic ultrasound. When all the results are in, your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any issues that would/are intefering with your ability to conceive, and will aslo give treatment as deemed necessary.
Best of luck. ...Read more
How do I treat acute bronchitis during pregnancy (17 wks)? How long it usu takes to recover? Does prolonged bronchitis increase risk of preterm labor?
Western medicine has no proven treatments for bronchitis (antibiotics work no better than placebo). I have had great success treating bronchitis with homeopathy, which is very safe in pregnancy. For best results see a professional homeopath, but you could try one of these: http://tinyurl. Com/pztnvx8
Pelargonium sidoides is a herb proven to help but its safety in pregnancy has not been studied. ...Read more
Is it true that some women have to take birth control pills not for prevention, after having complications during labor to have children in the future?
3 cervical cerclages, 1 preterm labor, 3 c-sections, 2 miscarriages... Would I be considered high risk? Pregnant with #6, only 3 surviving children
Yes: You would be considered high risk for any one of the several issues you raise. ...Read more
Should I see a perinatologist for my new pregnancy? I have suffered one ectopic, one miscarriage, and pre-term labor @ 23 wks. No live children.
Seeing MFM early: Many of us perinatologists or subspecialists in maternal-fetal medicine (mfm) encourage women with a history of prior losses to bring records for consultation before or early in pregnancy. We use the information and history to help create a plan for the healthiest possible pregnancy and know the patient in case problems develop. Plus we interact with OB care provider and do advanced fetal imaging. ...Read more
Good question: Well, it all looks hard to me. The first part of labor, when your cervix is opening, involves painful contractions for a number of hours. Pain meds or an epidural can be used here to reduce or completely remove the pain. When fully "opened" you will need to use your abdominal muscles to push your baby out. This can be some pretty hard physical work for 1-3 hours until the baby is out. ...Read more
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
Faster, more natural: Spontaneous onset of labor is characterized by faster progression, greater likelihood of vaginal delivery and decreased likelihood of neonatal respiratory morbidity compared to induced labor. There are many conditions, though, that labor induction saves feta lives which is why it is increasingly common and appropriately so. ...Read more
Call triage: If you think you are in labor, call the triage unit of the hospital where you plan to deliver. You should have that number, but if you don't, just call the hospital main number and ask for the labor and deliver and then tell them you think you're in labor and need to talk to someone. The triage nurses in l & d are very helpful and will help you figure out when to go in. ...Read more
Yes: Sometimes OB providers will break the amniotic sac ("bag of waters") to bring on labor. Other techniques can also be used, with varying success. Or oxytocin ("pit") given in an intravenous (IV) solution can be used to increase the frequency and strength of contractions. That results in a more regular pattern of labor that may shorten the time from start of labor (regular contractions) to delivery. ...Read more