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Week 43 - Methods of Inducing Labor

At this point in your pregnancy, your doctor may recommend inducing labor.

There are several methods of inducing, including stripping the membranes if your cervix has started to dilate slightly, administering prostaglandin medication, inserting a Foley catheter, rupturing your membranes (breaking your water), or giving you a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, called Pitocin. There are risks involved with inducing labor, including uterine hyperstimulation that can cause unusually strong and fast contractions, and needing a c-section if the induction fails.

Learn More: Induction

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