Sometimes, some mothers need induction help to start labor. This is usually done if the opening does not increase or due to certain medical reasons. However, you may be anxious and afraid that the induction will last a long time and will add more pain to labor. Indeed, how long does the induction process last? Here is the full review.
How long does the induction process take?
The duration of labor induction is determined by the condition of the mother's own body. Usually, mothers who have had spontaneous labor before will respond more quickly to induction than women who have never experienced spontaneous labor.
If the condition of the cervix is not yet ripe, in the sense that it is still hard, long, and closed, then the induction process will probably take about 1-2 days until the time of delivery. But if the condition of the cervix is soft, the induction process will certainly be faster, even just needing a few hours to give birth.
In addition, the induction method chosen also determines how long the induction process lasts. Here are some induction methods that can be done, namely:
1. Using prostaglandins
Your doctor may also insert a prostaglandin drug into your vagina so that the cervix is thinning and exposed. This drug can effectively ripen and soften the cervix in 90 percent of women.
There are two types of prostaglandin drugs, which are gel and suppository. If you are given prostaglandin gel, the mother's body will be monitored every 6-8 hours until further contractions occur.
Meanwhile, when using suppositories, the prostaglandins will begin to be released in the body for 12-24 hours. Within that time frame, you should prepare yourself because labor is getting closer.
2. Using oxytocin
Most women need about 6-12 hours to start labor after getting oxytocin (pitocin) induction. This type of delivery is effective at widening your cervix at least 1 centimeter (cm) per hour.
You will also experience rupture of membranes in the near future. Get ready, soon you will give birth and meet the baby.
3. Using a Foley catheter
In addition to drugs, stimulating labor can also be done with the help of tools. Your doctor may insert a Foley catheter into the tip of your cervix.
A Foley catheter is a type of catheter with a balloon tip that contains saline in it. This balloon will compress the cervix and stimulate contractions at least within 24 hours of delivery.
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