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Can Labor Be Induced Naturally?

Inducing Labor in the Hospital continued...

Inducing labor usually starts with taking prostaglandins as pills or applying them inside the vagina near the cervix. Sometimes this is enough to start contractions.

If that's not enough to induce labor, the next step is Pitocin, a man-made form of the hormone oxytocin. It stimulates uterine contractions. Harper says it's vital that Pitocin only be given once the cervix is open and ready for labor. " Most people recommend starting out with prostaglandins for preparation of the cervix."

The Waiting Game

As the due date approaches, many couples are eager for labor to begin so they can finally meet their little one.

And though that's the most exciting moment of your life, you might want to slow down and not rush through things. Stein recommends saving your energy, rather than wearing yourself out with schemes for starting labor sooner.

In other words, get some sleep while you can!

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on May 25, 2014
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