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Uterine Tachysystole: Things you should know about during Pregnancy

In normal conditions, the contraptions that occur during labour tend to last between sixty to ninety seconds. Uterine Tachysystole is a medical condition where the woman in labour undergoes excessive frequent and intense contractions. Uterine tachysystole during pregnancy is often caused by labour stimulating medicine like oxytocin. This medication is usually provided to the pregnant patient to stimulate contractions and induce labour. Incorrect dosage or reaction to the hormone oxytocin can lead to uterine tachysystole during delivery

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Uterine tachysystole can result in severe discomfort and pain to the pregnant mother. It may also lead to serious effects on the umbilical cord and may even affect the baby’s health. Uterine tachysystole will prevent the baby from receiving a sufficient supply of oxygen through the placenta which will interfere with the healthy growth of the baby. 

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Causes Behind Uterine Tachysystole

Although there is no definitive research that determines the causes behind uterine tachysystole, certain factors are believed to mitigate the condition:

  • Use of labour stimulation medicine like oxytocin or misoprostol.
  • Use of epidural for pain management during labour.
  • Incorrect dosage of labour stimulation medication.
  • Preeclampsia
  • Hypertension

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According to medical professionals, uterine tachysystole is not exactly dangerous, but it does pose several health risks to the baby. If the condition is not managed properly, it will even lead to major birth injuries. It has been linked to conditions like reduced fetal oxygenation, fetal heart rate issues and placental abruption. Uterine tachysystole during maternity can also lead to a stay in the NICU or neonatal intensive care unit for the baby.

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Since this medical condition can be bad for the health of the baby and the mother.  It needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. With the right medical attention on time, this condition can be managed without too many serious health complications.

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