As you progress in your pregnancy, you may approach your due date with no signs of going into labor. When this happens, your doctor may recommend the use of Pitocin to induce the labor. Pitocin has been used for many years, and while there are some benefits, issues can arise.
Pitocin is a synthetic hormone that helps stimulate contractions. Using it for induction helps to break your water and start your labor. It’s vital to understand what risks can arise and some of the problems you or your baby may experience.
The Risks of Pitocin
Pitocin can have a few side effects, especially the risk of increasing stress on you and your baby. Doctors must monitor you properly, working to ensure you and your baby are safe after inducing labor. A fetal monitor belt can limit how much you move during labor, so it may be uncomfortable. Pitocin can also make for a more intense labor, as well.
Because there are some side effects associated with Pitocin, it can cause some complications. For instance, you may recognize many changes in your fetal heart rate. The contractions can also cause a uterine rupture or increase the chance of undergoing a C-section.
Generally, Pitocin is a safe method of labor induction when used correctly. However, if used in an unsafe manner or when doctors fail to monitor your labor progression, it can cause problems and potentially life-altering damages.
What Your Rights Are
If Pitocin causes the need for a cesarean section or creates another problem, it’s crucial for your doctor to prepare accordingly. Prolonging can lead to significant birth complications, and your doctor should be held accountable for their oversight.
Our San Antonio birth injury lawyers at Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. go above and beyond to safeguard your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Our firm has the compassion and care you need to get through complex legal matters. We’re prepared to go to trial if necessary, and we never stop when pursuing the maximum compensation available to you.
Call our firm today at (210) 361-2997.