See when to induce Labour during Pregnancy

Inducing labour during pregnancy can be a whole lot of work for doctors and the nursing mother. There are a lot times when labour has to be induced in an expectant mom to help her deliver her baby. This is done to give the mother a medical start to experience labour pains if it doesn’t start on time or during the expected delivery date (EDD). We take a look at the situations that might make a doctor suggest inducing labour.

In general, a pregnancy lasts for nine months and labour pains don’t start on their own even if they have crossed their EDD; this is when doctors usually suggest inducing labour. In other cases, it might become necessary if there are any medical conditions that threaten the maternal and foetal wellbeing.

Here we take a look at situations that might make a doctor suggests inducing labour:

Oligohydramnios: This is the condition identified with low amniotic fluid in the womb. This condition could serve as an indication that there might be problem in the urinary tract of the fetus. Low amniotic fluid makes it difficult for the baby to thrive in the womb, so inducing labour in such a situation becomes necessary.

Fetal Problems: There are two conditions pertaining to the fetus when the doctor might want to induce labour. First, if the baby is not growing adequately and when the pregnancy stretches beyond the expected delivery date. In any of these circumstances, it is advices to induced labour and get the baby out.

Premature rupture of membranes: This is the condition in which the membranes break (the ones which holds and keeps the baby intact in the womb) and the amniotic fluid keeps leaking out. So if the labour pains don’t start this could mean that the baby is in trouble as the levels of amniotic fluid keep decreasing steadily. So labour is induced to speed up the entire process.

Maternal health: some health conditions like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure can make it difficult for the mother to go into labour naturally and so it has to be induced. Especially in a condition like high blood pressure, it could lead to eclampsia where the mother can experience convulsion followed by coma, which could be a threat to both the mother and baby.

How is inducement done?

There are two ways in which labour can be induced:

Artificial rupture of the membrane: This is done with a sterile instrument through the vagina. It releases a gush of amniotic fluid and is painless. This stimulates the prostaglandin hormone which initiates labour.

Oxytocin injections: This is given as an intravenous drip with synthetic oxytocin injection added to it which helps to speed up labour.


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