When to Induce Labour or Can You Induce Labour on Your Own?
Childbirth is one of the most beautiful processes in nature but it brings with it a terrible amount of pain. Women in the past used to suffer a lot during delivery due to unhygienic conditions, unavailability of qualified doctors, child marriages, poor health of women and the lack of awareness. According to the SRS(sample registration system), data released by the office of Registrar General of India MMR(Maternal Mortality Rate) declined to 130 in 2014-16 from 167 in 2011-13 — a significant improvement on a parameter widely used by analysts and developmental economists to rate a country’s progress. With constant progress in the scientific world, we have improved our condition and it isn’t as common as it was to see deaths during childbirth. And with improving technology and research, we have reached a stage where we can not only time our deliveries but also choose it to be painless or not. But for a new mother, there are thousands of questions hovering in her mind like, “Will it be healthy for her baby?”, “Would there be any complications to her health in future?”, “What is the need for this?”, and many many more. By the end of this article, you will have answers to most of your questions!
The Pain Of Labour
Labour pain is considered the second most painful experience for humans. Labour is an emotional experience and involves both physiological and psychological mechanisms. Even though this is very severe pain but with time it’s memory diminishes. During labour pain, there are constant contractions in the uterine muscles which help to push the foetus towards the cervix. These contractions are intense as well as frequent.
When to induce labour?
Labour induction or inducing labour -is stimulation of uterine contractions during pregnancy before labour begins on its own or naturally. It is highly recommended that one should take a doctor’s advice as s/he knows best for you and your baby’s health.
- Beyond your due date- Labour should be induced if you are approaching two weeks beyond your due date.
- Premature of your membranes- In case, your water has broken and labour didn’t begin naturally; it is recommended that you should induce labour.
- Infection- If you are suffering from any infection in your uterus that can be fatal for you as well as the foetus, your doctor might recommend you labour induction.
- Fetal growth restriction- When the baby inside your womb isn’t growing at the expected rate.
- Diabetes – When you are currently facing diabetes or had a history of diabetes.
- High Blood Pressure- In case you have a higher blood pressure than the ideal 120/80mmHg.
- Oligohydramnios- In this condition, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby is very less and this might lead to complications in your pregnancy. So, doctors generally recommend induction of labour in this case.
- Obesity- This might not sound like danger but it is a crucial factor for the health of a foetus.
- Kidney diseases
Even if you aren’t facing any of the above problems and you as well as the foetus is are in good health and you still want labour induction, it is called elective labour. It is for people who do not want any inconvenience or hassle during the delivery. This can be beneficial for women in rural areas who can only find a hospital far away.
Can you induce labour on your own?
- Exercising or having sex to induce labour aren’t proven to be efficient. It is suggested not to take any herbal medicines for this purpose.
Inducing labour doesn’t have a 100% success rate, among 100 women only 75 of the first-time mothers who are induced will have a successful vaginal delivery. This means that about 25 of these women, who often start with an unripened cervix, might need a C-section. The medicines used like oxytocin and prostaglandins can lower the heart rate of the baby. In some cases, labour induction can also lead to serious bleeding post-delivery.
We have made very impressive progress in this field but still, there are not a hundred per cent surety. So, it is always suggested, to talk to a qualified and experienced doctor for the well being of the mother and the baby.