How long can it take to give birth after being induced?
Inducing labor can take a few hours or as long as 2 or 3 days. It depends on how your body responds to your treatment. Inducing labor may take longer if you're pregnant for the first time or if your baby is less than 37 weeks.
If your pregnancy has been straightforward, you're likely to be offered induction at 41 weeks . The timing may vary according to your hospital's policy. In some areas you may be offered an induction at between seven days and 10 days after your due date, in others it may be two weeks.
- The results showed that a firstborn baby has a 15 to 16 percent chance of being born late, compared with a 9 or 10 percent chance for other babies. Most babies were born at 39 weeks of pregnancy. However, the study also found that firstborns were also more likely to be born early, at 37 weeks or earlier.
- During an induced labour, this can't happen. The intense pain begins immediately. Your brain can't respond to the pain of these contractions, and is not able to 'be involved' in the labour. As a result, you're more likely to request pain relief, such as an epidural.
- Electing to have your healthcare provider induce labor may appeal to you. However, elective labor induction isn't always best for your baby. Inducing labor before you are at least 39 weeks along in your pregnancy (one week away from your due date) - or before your cervix is ready - has risks.
Response time varies – some women start having mild contractions within a few hours of Pitocin being started. A quick response is more likely if you have had a baby before. Many women need 6 to 12 hours or more of Pitocin to enter active labor (when the cervix dilates at least a centimeter an hour).
- In most cases the drip will be started on the lowest dose and increased regularly until contractions are regular (roughly 3-5 contractions every ten minutes). Many women will need 6-12 hours of synthetic oxytocin to enter active labour, when the cervix is dilating 1cm per hour.
- Labor induction — also known as inducing labor — is the stimulation of uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins on its own to achieve a vaginal birth. A health care provider might recommend labor induction for various reasons, primarily when there's concern for a mother's health or a baby's health.
- In some cases, long labors can brew infections, making the uterus too weak to contract after delivery and subsequently bleed heavily after the baby is born. We sometimes give Pitocin after delivery to help the uterus stop bleeding by squeezing down on the raw blood vessels exposed as the placenta is released.
Updated: 2nd October 2019