Your physician or midwife may consider initiating your labor for several reasons:
- To decrease the risk of infection if your bag of waters has broken
- You are more than one week overdue
- You have other medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia).
Continuous fetal monitoring is necessary when pitocin is used. An intravenous pump carefully controls the quantity of pitocin given. Usually, the pitocin is increased in small increments to gradually intensify the quality of contractions, somewhat like a spontaneous labor. Many women, however, find contractions with pitocin are stronger, peak more rapidly, and are more intense and painful. Because of these intense contractions, the labor may also be shorter. First-time mothers refer to Special Tips for First-Time Mothers for more information.
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