What is Pitocin (Oxytocin)?

Pitocin is a medication that is used to start or improve uterine contractions.

When is Pitocin Required?

Pitocin is used:

  1. To initiate (induce) uterine contractions when the mother's medical condition or suspected fetal jeopardy prevents natural onset of labor (e.g., water has broken, risk of rapid delivery, etc.)


Two hormones must be produced for normal ovulation to take place. The mature egg is stimulated by two hormones secreted by the pituitary (follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).

Psychiatric Medication during Pregnancy

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I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder 7 years ago. It usually manifests itself as extreme irritablility and depression (only 4 severe manic episodes ever). I have been on a class C medication ever since my diagnosis, which elimitates all of my symptoms unless I am under high levels of stess or sleep deprivation...

Pregnancy and Medication Questions

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Dear Midwife,
I wasn't planning on a pregnancy at this time as I just graduated college and am just beginning a new job as a hair stylist. My boyfriend and I were planning a wedding maybe sometime next year. Then I was planning on at least working another full year before planning a family. I need to build a clientele. I'm 21. My last period was around April 2nd. I started to bleed but just one day, April 25th. My cycles vary -- 28 days to sometimes 45 days.

On Synthroid; Can I Still Lose Weight?

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Dear Fitness Expert,
Hello. I have a 2-month-old baby, and started back at the gym. It's okay'ed to do anything as far as exercising with my doctor. I would like to know if this routine sounds good. Do you think I'll start to see a difference? I know it takes a while to get back into shape. I go to the YMCA 4 times a week. I usually start on the elliptical machine for 20 minutes, then I go do the resistance machines.