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Uterine Hyperstimulation

Uterine hyperstimulation is a complication that can occur with excessive use of Pitocin / Oxytocin during labor induction. Pitocin is a medication that is a form of oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone, that is used to induce or augment labor. The uterus may contract too frequently (more than four to five contractions in 10 minutes), the contractions may last too long, or the uterus may not relax enough between contractions. Uterine hyperstimulation can cause a decrease in the flow of blood containing oxygen from the mother to the baby and can cause hypoxia and acidosis in the baby.

Uterine hyperstimulation from excessive use of Pitocin / Oxytocin can also cause uterine rupture which is a life threatening condition for the mother and baby. Death of the mother or the baby can occur.

Laboring mothers respond differently to Pitocin, so it is very important for medical providers to carefully monitor the dose of Pitocin, watch for signs of uterine hyperstimulation, and monitor the baby for signs of hypoxia.

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