This IV drip will be set to deliver a certain amount of Pitocin per hour. Depending on the orders written by your practitioner, the Pitocin drip will normally be turned up every hour until you have reached the contraction pattern that they are looking for you to have. This may be different for each woman. Some practitioners turn the Pitocin up really quickly and others go more slowly. Some of this will depend on how you respond to the Pitocin and how well your baby responds to Pitocin.
When you have Pitocin you will also normally have:
There are increased risks with using Pitocin including:
- fetal distress
- more likely to request pain medication like an epidural
- cesarean section
- uterine rupture
Women have different views on Pitocin. Some find it wasn't a problem at all, while others intensely dislike the thought of it. I think much of this has to do with your expectations of the medication as well as how your practitioner uses the medication. Discussions about how labor will be managed ahead of time will help you adjust to the use of this medication.
Pitocin can also be used to speed up your labor, known as the augmentation of labor.