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Glucose IV Drip in Women Reduces Pregnancy Labor Time

Update Date: Jan 27, 2017 09:30 AM EST

Recent studies reveal that inducing mothers during pregnancy with intravenous drips of glucose can cut labor time by more than 75 minutes. This medical intervention is known to shorten labor duration and is being considered as a solution for accelerated childbirth.

Mirror UK narrates that the study conducted in 190 women include the process of inducing the IV drip during the induction, actual labor and delivery prior to recording the total time it took to give birth. Canadian researchers from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology added glucose to the standard hydration solution given to women during childbirth. The entire solution is composed of glucose, salt, and water.

Muscle performance which is significantly improved by glucose is one of the concepts that is being observed as the reason behind the accelerated time for child birth.

Most labors in the UK are induced because most women do not go into labor naturally by 42 weeks, thus increasing the risk of stillbirth and problems for the baby. Thus, several medical interventions are being resorted in order to shorten the duration of childbirth.

Women with high-risk heart defects can still have successful pregnancies with proper medical support as cited by Reuters. Historically, women who suffer from heart ailments are advised to avoid pregnancy because of the possible defects and surgeries that they can face during pregnancy. Complications can also affect their babies and may decrease their long-term survival.

Developments like the glucose drip can increase the chances of a safe delivery among women suffering from such complications.

Results of the study indicate that glucose can be a low cost and safe intervention that can help in reducing the duration of child birth, without compromising the child in the process. Glucose supplementation also shows no difference in the mode of conception and the neonatal well-being measures of the child.

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