Pregnancy and Babycare: Induced Labour

Pregnancy and Babycare: Induced Labour

If you are in labor, but for some reason it is not proceeding as it is supposed to, then the doctor may use some techniques to induce labor. If you have not delivered and your due date has already passed then induced labor might be required. Waiting for more than two weeks past the due date would mean, putting the mother and the baby at a huge risk. The placenta will not remain as effective and your baby might not get enough nutrients. This may increase the chances of stillbirth or other problems to the infant.

Another situation that leads to induced labor is when your water breaks and labor does not start even after that. In this case, labor is induced so that the risk of infection to the baby and your uterus reduces. If your water breaks prematurely and the chances of delivering a premature baby are higher, then the doctor might actually hold off inducing labor. Another case where your labor might be prolonged is, if your baby has grown big inside your womb. In this condition the chances of having a cesarean section are much higher. In pre-natal checks if your tests show that placenta, which protects your baby and provides nutrition, is not working properly or that your amniotic fluid is too little, your doctor will induce labor to help you deliver. Pre-eclampsia is considered to be another condition that will endanger your health and the life of your baby. It restricts blood flow which will eventually harm your baby and may even prove to be fatal.  In some cases, illnesses like kidney diseases, high blood pressure or diabetes may harm the health of your baby.

Therefore, you are advised to take extra precautions during your pregnancy otherwise induced labor might be required. There are some things that you cannot avoid but taking precaution can prevent a lot of unwanted things from happening. Make sure that you go for every pre-natal check up as per the schedule. Also keep a check on the changes that are taking place in your body. If you see any form of discharge or feel a difference in the movement of your baby or any other change that is not expected, then make sure that you speak to your doctor about it. Once you reach the hospital your doctor may use prostaglandins which will ripen your cervix and induce labor. Your practitioner may also use a foley catheter or manually separate the amniotic sac, thus inducing labor. There are other ways as well that can be used but your doctor will use the technique that is most suitable to your condition at that point of time.

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