Medical News Today: Acupressure for inducing labor: What to know

Some people use acupressure to help induce labor, but is it effective? In this article, we discuss four acupressure points to try and look at the research behind the claims.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Purpose: The purpose of this scoping review was to synthesize the literature on nursing support during the latent phase of the first stage of labor. In 2014, the definition of the beginning of active labor changed from 4 centimeters (cm) to 6 cm cervical dilation. More women may have an induction of labor based on results of recent research showing no causal increase in risk of cesarean birth with elective induction of labor for low-risk nulliparous women. Therefore, in-hospital latent phase labor may be longer, increasing the need for nursing support. Design: Scoping review of the literature from 2009 to present. Me...
Source: MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Feature: CE Connection Source Type: research
This study aims to systematically review published data fr...
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
The placenta and fetal membrane act as a protective barrier throughout pregnancy while maintaining communication and nutrient exchange between the baby and the mother. Disruption of this barrier leads to various pregnancy complications, including preterm birth, which can have lasting negative consequences. Thus, understanding the role of the feto-maternal interface during pregnancy and parturition is vital to advancing basic and clinical research in the field of obstetrics. However, human subject studies are inherently difficult, and appropriate animal models are lacking. Due to these challenges, in vitro cell culture-base...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Authors: Morgan N, Christensen K, Skedros G, Kim S, Schliep K Abstract Background: Stress-induced pregnancy complications are thought to represent a significant cause of maternal morbidity and mortality; little is known regarding types of stress most predictive of adverse outcomes.Methods: We used Utah PRAMs 2012-2014 data to evaluate links between preconception life stressors and prevalence of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) and pre-term labor (PTB) (births
Source: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Low-certainty evidence means we are not certain if there is any difference between probiotic and placebo groups in maternal hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, caesareans; and large-for-gestational-age babies. There were no adverse events reported by the trials. Due to the variability of probiotics used and small sample sizes of trials, evidence from this review has limited ability to inform practice. Well-designed adequately-powered trials are needed to identify whether probiotics may improve maternal blood glucose levels and/or infant/child/adult outcomes; and whether they can be used to treat GDM. PMI...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation, in this case due to COVID-19, may undergo induction of labor and vaginal delivery when carefully selected. PMID: 32590725 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
This study presents the case of a pregnant woman with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) who developed septic shock after labor induction. Prolonged coagulation times suggested a hypocoagulable state and contraindication to anticoagulation. Thromboelastography (TEG) similarly indicated hypocoagulation. To exclude the impact of lupus anticoagulant on the coagulation assays, a mixing test of prolonged activated partial thromboplastin times was conducted. The mixing test confirmed that prolongation of coagulation times in vitro was affected by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), such as lupus anticoagulant. The patient was admini...
Source: Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
Authors: Oskovi-Kaplan ZA, Ozgu-Erdinc AS Abstract Once a woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), two strategies are considered for management; life-style modifications and pharmacological therapy. The management of GDM aims to maintain a normoglycemic state and to prevent excessive weight gain in order to reduce maternal and fetal complications. Lifestyle modifications include nutritional therapy and exercise. Calorie restriction with a low glycemic index diet is recommended to avoid postprandial hyperglycemia and to reduce insulin resistance. Blood glucose levels, HbA1c levels, and ketonuria ...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
This study aimed to explore the feasibility of transperineal virtual touch tissue quantification (VTQ) for predicting the outcome of labor induction. A total of 80 nulliparous pregnant women were included. Before labor induction, cervical length was measured by B-mode sonography, cervical stiffness was measured by VTQ, and Bishop score was assessed by vaginal examination. Subsequently, labor was induced using standard oxytocin infusion in all patients. Delivery within 24 hours after labor induction was classified as spontaneous delivery; otherwise, cesarean delivery was performed.
Source: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Original research Source Type: research
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