Pitocin Induction Do you know the Risks and Benefits

 

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As with many medical procedures and interventions, there are risks with a Pitocin induction. These include: overstimulation of the uterus; infection; rupture of the uterus. What are the risks of Pitocin, if any? Pitocin has the potential to overstimulate the uterus, which could make your contractions come too fast or too often.

That can pose certain risks, and some of them can be serious. They include: Changes in fetal heart rate. Increased chance for C-section. Uterine rupture. Like any drug, there are some side effects of a Pitocin induction—but as it’s a form of a naturally occurring hormone, these effects tend to be mild and easily treated.

Some of the milder side effects of Pitocin that women experience are nausea, vomiting and fluid retention. Other side effects include: Increased pain. Studies have shown that Pitocin induction lowers the risk of cesarean delivery for women of term or post-term. It also helps reduce the chance of complications in women with risk factors such as infections, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure. As with many medical procedures and interventions, there are risks with a Pitocin induction.

These include: overstimulation of the uterus; infection; rupture of the uterus; fetal distress; drop in fetal heart rate; fetal death; Starting an induction is usually the start of a long process, so your doctor will likely proceed with caution and with your input. Augmentation = Enhancing contractions once labor has already started Pitocin, whether used for induction or augmentation, has several risks. The risks include more painful labor, often resulting in the use of epidural anesthesia.

Pitocin increases the. Pitocin: What are the Risks and Benefits? Pitocin is a very powerful drug. It can be a lifesaving drug.

Side Effects of Pitocin. But as far as induction, that would be the most common effect. Sometimes, babies are also impacted postpartum or in the neonatal unit because of what the Pitocin does to, mom’s function of the kidneys.

One of the biggest benefits of Pitocin is its ability to reduce postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) by helping the uterus contract back to its normal size after delivery of the placenta. Overview Procedure Details Risks / Benefits. What are the risks of labor induction? Inducing labor can have some risks.

The risks depend on the method your healthcare provider chooses. Some methods, such as receiving too much oxytocin too quickly, may overstimulate your uterus. This overstimulation can cause your uterus to contract too frequently. Pitocin Side Effects.

As with most medications, Pitocin can be potentially dangerous if not administered and monitored correctly. Pitocin triggers contractions, which are necessary for childbirth—but too many contractions in quick succession can actually harm the baby.

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These effects may lead to further interventions (such as Pitocin augmentation, vacuum extraction, or forceps delivery) and secondary side effects on both you and your baby (such as uterine hyperstimulation or variations in your baby’s heart rate).

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The other problem with Pitocin?

“The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Best to avoid Pitocin if possible, and stick to your natural oxytocin.

“Mama Glow” by Latham Thomas
from Mama Glow
by Latham Thomas
Hay House, 2012

When you have exhausted all these means of natural initiations of labor, and it is determined that artificial induction by Pitocin/Syntocin drip is an absolute necessity, you may request that only a minimal dose be administered and that it not be increased without your consent.

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Women who receive ketamine for induction require less pain medication in the first 24 hours after their cesarean delivery compared with those

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from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

Pitocin induction can lead to dysfunctional labor and premature birth, and pitocin augmentation shuts down a mother’s own oxytocin production and interferes with her ability to breastfeed.

“Birth Models That Work” by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, Jan Tritten, Betty-Anne Daviss
from Birth Models That Work
by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, et. al.
University of California Press, 2009

The disadvantages are the potential to inhale blood and cardiovascular depression from induction.

“Miller's Anesthesia:.... 1” by Ronald D. Miller, Lars I. Eriksson
from Miller’s Anesthesia:…. 1
by Ronald D. Miller, Lars I. Eriksson
Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2009

Deliver healthy infant at full term without complications through vaginal delivery with oxytocin (Pitocin) induction if indicated.

“Lippincott's Content Review for NCLEX-RN” by Diane M. Billings
from Lippincott’s Content Review for NCLEX-RN
by Diane M. Billings
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

Labor induced with Pitocin

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by AWHONN, Susan Mattson, Judy E. Smith
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Induction of labor increases the risk of cesarean delivery, uterine rupture, fetal distress, jaundice, and premature birth.

“Mother Daughter Wisdom” by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
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by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Hay House, 2006

Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

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  • Wow, it is so inspiring and just lovely to listen to your story while also getting to hear your son in the background! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t say this doesn’t scare me a little, but I need to know how long it can go and how bad it can get (birth in less than a month). Most of all, I admire that you talked to your doctor and made your own decisions as you went, despite how completely exhausted you must have been. Thanks again!