Induction of Labor
Your health care provider might recommend that your labor gets induced if your pregnancy goes a week beyond your due date. An induction might also be recommended if there is a risk for you or your baby in continuing the pregnancy. This can occur when you have preeclampsia, you baby is growth retarded (also known as IUGR), decreased amniotic fluid (also known as oligohydramnios), or other medical conditions. There are several ways to induce your labor. If the cervix has already started to soften and open, Oxytocin (Pitocin©) can be given in order to get your labor going. If your cervix has not softened or opened up, a prostaglandin tablet Misoprostol (Cytotec ©) can be given orally or vaginally in order to soften your cervix. In some hospitals, a prostaglandin vaginal insert called Dinoprostone (Cervidil ©) is used instead for the same purpose. When the cervix has soften with the help of the above prostaglandin, Oxytocin (Pitocin©) is usually then started. Another way to induce your labor is to break your bag of water while doing a cervical examination. However, this can only be performed if your cervix has already dilated.