Dr. Cheryl Serr
Cheryl Wiley, FNP
Care for You and Your Growing Miracle
Answers To Your Questions About Labor
There are also acupressure points in the back of your calves, so leg massage may trigger contractions. When your practitioner “strips your membranes” on an office exam, it releases prostaglandins that can cause contractions. But ultimately your body decides when to go into labor. When it does, your brain releases a hormone called oxytocin that triggers labor to start.
Baby reasons include: placental abruption (where the placenta tears away and no blood / oxygen gets to the baby), or if the baby’s heart rate tracing starts to show signs of distress (indicating that less oxygen is getting to the baby’s brain), or if the baby presents butt-first or sideways, or if the baby is so big that the doctor is worried about a shoulder dystocia.
Mommy reasons include: excessive bleeding, dangerously high blood pressure (which can’t wait for a long labor), or abnormal labor. If labor is abnormally long, then mom and baby start to run life-threatening risks of infection, uterine rupture, and hemorrhage.
Some women chose an “elective” c-section, to minimize the risk of pelvic prolapse or urinary incontinence later in life.