Effect of Pitocin-Induced Labor on Baby

Although some women may experience adverse reactions with Pitocin® (oxytocin)-induced labor, this drug can also have effects on the baby. Some of the reported side effects in a newborn whose mother received Pitocin to induce labor have included:
  • A low heart rate
  • An abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Seizures
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice).
Because Pitocin is an older medication, there is only general information on possible side effects. Therefore, it is unknown how often problems such as these occur. Make sure to discuss any potential risks with your healthcare provider.
(Click Pitocin Side Effects for a closer look at other effects this drug might cause when it is used to induce labor. This article lists possible side effects that may occur in the mother and the newborn baby, and also describes potentially serious reactions that require immediate medical treatment.)
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