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Induce Labor

Why Counting Down to Your Due Date is a Bad Idea

I have two friends who are due at the end of August.  Both are first timers, healthy and had fairly easy pregnancies.  There’s been a little nausea here and there and a few aches and pains, but other than that they’ve both been really fortunate to have lovely pregnancies.  

Near-Term Inductions And Newborn Mortality

Melanie had a pretty good idea when she got pregnant.  She knew roughly when she’d had her last period and more or less when she and her boyfriend “did it.”  That’s how her doctor determined her due date – the 40-week mark when her baby would be more or less expected to deliver on his own (give or take a week or so).  She had a normal pregnancy without any pesky health issues other than a persistently achy ligament across her pubic bone and groin.  Her doctor diagnosed this as round ligament (the one that attaches to her ever-growing uterus) pain, told her to take Tylenol and take it easy. 

When Push Comes To Shove

While your birth experience will be as unique to you as your new baby, the phases of labor and delivery are the same for everyone. During pregnancy the opening of your uterus, the cervix, is firm and closed. As your due date approaches, you may experience mild contractions that help prepare your cervix for delivery: It becomes soft, stretchy and thin, a process called effacement.

Gestational Diabetes Versus Unwanted Interventions

Deborah is 36 weeks pregnant and has gestational diabetes. She’s been careful about diet and exercise and has maintained very stable blood sugar levels. Her doctor, however, is warning her she’ll probably need to be induced at 39 weeks and may need a c-section.

Can orgasm induce labor


An orgasm involves a series of uterine and vaginal contractions, but there have been contradictory studies about whether it can hasten labor. Do keep in mind that if your pregnancy is high risk, you should check with your doctor before you engage in sex late in your pregnancy.


Almost Due and Over Due

The longest weeks of my life were the ones right before my due dates. I was convinced with every pregnancy there was no way I'd go full term. I'd contract away for weeks in advance. I predicted undoubtedly 30-40 pound giants. So really, under those circumstances, what woman could go the full 40 weeks? Apparently, I could and they all turned out to be reasonably sized babies.

Why Induce Labor?

A friend is due this week with her first baby. She’s healthy, hasn’t gained too much weight, and in her own words, “has had a perfect pregnancy.” We chatted about how hard it is to wait for labor she said, “I’m fine with waiting but my doctor won’t let me go past my due date. He wants to schedule an induction.” 

What's Pitocin Really Like?

What do you do if you won't go into labor or your labor has stalled? What do you do if your baby has decided never to be born? What if your water has been broken for 24 hours and you still haven't had a contraction? How about if you've been 5 cm for 8 hours and your doctor is talking Cesarean? What do you do? Sounds like it's time for some vitamin P. That's Pitocin—the synthetic version of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone that runs around your body to make your uterus contract. Under ideal circumstances, you'll make enough to squirt that baby out on your own.

Save the Date

So, when's that baby due? How many months along are you? Why did your ultrasound pick a different date? When is the baby old enough for induction? Are some women really pregnant for 10 months? These aren't always easy questions to answer. Readers want clarification on nailing down the due date, which is especially important when scheduling inductions.

Labor Starters

Ten days past my due date, I was tempted to try every old wives’ tale I came across to induce labor. I ended up taking a girlfriend’s advice and went out for a spicy Indian dinner; by the time the check came, my contractions had started. Coincidence? To find out, we lined up some often-tried labor starters and asked which ones work, which don’t and which are downright dangerous. Because many common remedies not covered here, especially herbal ones, have not been scientifically studied, no one knows for sure if they work—and, more important, if they’re safe.