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 `.
Jump start labor. An induction of labor is a way of starting labor artificially. There are a variety of medications which can be used to do this. Sometimes being induced is medically necessary due to certain complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. Some patients choose to get induced for no medical reason-- an elective induction. Elective inductions should not be done before 39 weeks.
Cause labor to start. Medications are administered to the mother orally, intravenously, or vaginally that cause hormone changes in the uterus. These medications enable to the uterus to start contracting causing the cervix to open and labor to start.

Related Questions

Does kayro syrup help induce labor?

No evidence. Karo corn syrup has never been studied as an agent to induce labor and likely never will. I would not recommend attempting labor induction at home without consultation with your provider. Karo syrup will likely just cause elevated blood sugars and i would avoid it, in pregnancy...And in life, really. Read more...

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...

When is the soonest time I can induce labor?

39 weeks. Labor can be induced at anytime. Sometimes we even induce prematurely if the mom or baby are in danger. There are risks of prematurity though. These risks seem to be lessened after 38 completed weeks. So we try to wait until after 39 weeks to induce someone electively. Read more...
Ask your OB. It depends on your individual circumstance and if the babies lungs are developed enough. Read more...

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...

Can you tell me how I could induce labor at home?

Let your Body decide. Your Body and your baby knows best when to make an entry into our beautiful world. Only if you have some medical conditions or are more then 41 weeks we consider doing an induction of labor. Read more...