How long does it take to be induced with pitocin?
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).
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.
- 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.
- It may be anywhere from 21 to 35 days long. Most periods last 3 to 5 days, but anywhere from 2 to 7 days is normal. Menstrual cycles may happen around the same date every month or they may be irregular. A menstrual period is considered late if it hasn't started 5 or more days after the day you expected it to start.
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 you're a first-time mum, active labour may take about eight hours. This is an average, though, and it could be much shorter or longer than that. It's unlikely to last more than 18 hours. Once your cervix has dilated to 10cm, it could take you an hour or two hours of pushing before your baby is born.
- How common are twins and other multiple births? As of 2013, twins accounted for about 3 in 100 births in the United States. And 1 in 837 births were triplets or higher order multiples. Between 1980 and 2009, the birth rate for twins rose by about 76 percent and has remained about the same since then.
- 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.
Updated: 2nd October 2019