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Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?

Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?

Evening Primrose: Proponents of natural birth methods and many midwives swear by using evening primrose oil to help ripen the cervix. Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandins, which are used for inducing labor. It is said to help soften and ripen the cervix to help prepare it for the birth of your baby.
Evening primrose oil is more commonly used by midwives. Very few obstetricians employ this method. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


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What methods can I do to induce my labor or help the dilation since my cervix is soft and thin? I don't want to be induced?

What methods can I do to induce my labor or help the dilation since my cervix is soft and thin? I don't want to be induced?

Limited safe options: Two ounces of castor oil (you can cut the taste with orange juice) is safe and has been used by midwives in particular for decades at least. How well it really works is arguable. Your best approach is simple patience. Sometimes an induction is necessary but it need not be done without a clear indication. ...Read more

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Instructions, precautions to consider a night before labor induction and c section if needed which doc says will be. Cervix not open due already?

Instructions, precautions to consider a night before labor induction and c section if needed which doc says will be. Cervix not open due already?

May take a while: If your cervix is not dilated, be prepared for a long induction. Sometimes it happens quickly, but usually not, especially if this is your first child. Bring books, magazines, DVDs, and be patient.

The nurses should call you to give instructions, but there is not much to do differently except maybe eat a light meal. DON'T do any home remedies, ie castor oil. ...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

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What does it mean to "induce" labor?

What does it mean to "induce" labor?

Kickstart: Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health. There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more
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What are some ways to help induce labor?

What are some ways to help induce labor?

Nature Decides: If you are not more than 41 weeks, let your body decide the safe time to have a baby. Keep doing Kick counts. That is safest method. ...Read more

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Are there safe ways to naturally induce labor?

Are there safe ways to naturally induce labor?

Nature or not: Induction of labor is recommended when a pregnancy needs to be delivered for medical reasons. Providers use medications soften the cervix and contractions to start. All methods have risks, and "natural" methods can be just as risky as medication unless you are being monitored by your physician. If you are concerned and you need induction, talk to your doctor about what your options are. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to induce labor naturally?

Lots of advice: There are numerous old- wives tales on this subject. The bottom line is. .. When the baby is ready they will be born. ...Read more

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Is there anything that'll induce labor at home being at 5cm?

Patience: There is nothing that is used to induce labor outside the hospital. At 5cm you could start labor at any time. ...Read more

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Does walking induce labor?

Does walking induce labor?

No, but it helps: Walking doesn't induce labor but it might help in bringing the fetus down and help stretch the cervix a bit. ...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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Does walking induce labor?

Does walking induce labor?

Many people say so: I'm sure you will get more replies, but:
this is certainly what I heard and so did my daughter. It's a natural way to prompt the natural process. I have no idea that it would overcome problems that might require intervention. Talk with your midwife, doula or obgyn for your specific situation. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How do doctors induce labor?

Labor: There are different ways to induce labor: stripping membranes, rupturing membranes, IV Pitocin, (oxytocin) insertion of prostaglandins into vagina, or inflating the balloon of a foley catheter to apply pressure to cervix. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take borage oil pills to induce labor?

I wouldn't: I never recommend anything to induce labor unless it is in a more controlled environment.

Letting your labor naturally start is always safer for you and your baby. Unless of course, you are going too far past your due date.

I wouldn't take a chance with over the counter products to induce labor, . ...Read more

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Is it safe to use golden seal to induce labor at 38 wks?

Is it safe to use golden seal to induce labor at 38 wks?

No.: Golden seal does not induce labor. And it is not safe to induce labor at 38 weeks without a medical indication. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking caster oil to help induce labor?

What are the risks of taking caster oil to help induce labor?

Don't do it!: Unapproved indication in pregnancy, could stimulate forceful contractions and dehydration from diarrhea, a combination likely to lead to fetal asphyxia and death.
Use of castor oil as a laxative during pregnancy should be avoided. ...Read more

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Does bouncing on a birthing ball help induce labor if im 90% thinned out?

No evidence: There's no evidence that can confirm whether or not bouncing the ball will truly help to induce labor, nor is there evidence for walking or standing or doing any number of exercises. It certainly does not hurt so long as you don't fall. Sometimes bouncing makes you feel more comfortable and that in itself is a benefit. ...Read more

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Giving induce labor at 39wks to poor weight gain woman what are the risk?

Depends: Labor induction depends alot on the exact situation. If your doctor felt that the risks of continuing the pregnancy outweigh the risks of induction then an induction is the way to go. In general inductions lead to longer labors with higher C-section risks. That depends on the starting cervical dilation though. Again if there is a complication then for baby's safety induction is often needed. ...Read more

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Are there any negative side effects to taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Are there any negative side effects to taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Don't do it!: Black cohosh and all other complementary and alternative medications should be completely avoided by everyone because they are unregulated and potentially dangerous with no proven benefit. Even more so for pregnant women, or women hoping to enter labor soon! Please disclose to your obstetrician any of those dangerous drugs you may have been exposed to! ...Read more

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Might there be any negative side effects to the baby when taking black cohosh to induce labor?

Might there be any negative side effects to the baby when taking black cohosh to induce labor?

What are you thinkin: Taking anything herbal when you are pregnant and certainly trying to use it to induce labor is not advisable. Labor should be induced only when the doctor is standing by. ...Read more

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I'm 3cm dilated and 80-90% effaced. I have been for 3 days now. Is it okay to try and naturally induce labor?

At this stage: Of your pregnancy you should be in CLOSE contact with your OB Provider and this forum is not a place for the advice you are requesting (my opinion only) Speak with your OB. And Good luck and Congratulations! ...Read more

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I've been told they will induce labor no longer then 2 weeks following full term. Is this true? If wait longer than 2 wk, won't be able to b there

Depends: When and how elective inductions are done is a hotly debated topic among Ob/Gyns. Most practices won't induce someone in their first pregnancy until at least 40 weeks. In subsequent pregnancies, induction can be as early as 39 weeks (hot debate) Elective inductions should not be done prior to 39 weeks. Whenever it is done, the cervix must be "ripe"--ready to dilate or it won't work. ...Read more

Cervix (Definition)

The uterine cervix is the opening of the ...Read more