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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.
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 occurrence of fetal distress, leading to a higher cesarean rate. One study found that induction actually doubled the risk of C-section. 5. Higher risk of hemorrhage.
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. Very bad and sometimes deadly effects like high blood pressure, bleeding in the brain, rupture of the uterus, too much water in the body, and deaths of the unborn baby from many causes have happened with Pitocin (oxytocin). Talk with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. 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.
The medications used to induce labor — oxytocin or a prostaglandin — might cause abnormal or excessive contractions, which can diminish your baby’s oxygen supply and lower your baby’s heart rate. Infection. Some methods of labor induction, such as rupturing your membranes, might increase the risk of infection for both mother and baby.
While extremely rare, Pitocin can potentially lead to a rupture of the uterus or a tear in the uterine wall if the contractions are too intense. For women who have had a previous c-section and are now trying to deliver vaginally, the risk of rupture is about 0.5 percent—but the use of pitocin increases that risk to about 1.5 percent, Rosenn says.
List of related literature:
|from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth|
|from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide|
|from Mama Glow|
|from HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing The Mongan Method, 4th Edition|
|from Birth as an American Rite of Passage: Second Edition, With a New Preface|
|from Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth|
|from Manual of High Risk Pregnancy and Delivery E-Book|
|from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book|
|from Lippincott’s Content Review for NCLEX-RN|
|from Birth Models That Work|