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When is inducing labor too risky?

Even with as much as medical science has advanced, there is still much estimation that comes with childbearing. Yet much of what we know to be true can vary depending on the individuals involved.

Calculating when it is time (or past time) to deliver a baby is still more of an art than a science. One woman may deliver a healthy baby at 38 weeks, and another at 41. Even without complications during pregnancy, there are too many factors to give a one-size-fits-all solution. Eventually, however, it comes time to deliver the baby.

Here’s what to know about inducing labor and when it might be risky.

An overview of induction

If your doctor thinks that induction is the best option (or one you should consider) for you and your baby, it should start as a conversation. Your doctor should talk to you about factors, including:

  • Your health and the health of your pregnancy
  • The health of your baby
  • Risks of waiting for natural labor
  • Risks of going through induction

In some cases, you may be able to wait longer for labor or occur naturally; in other cases, it becomes dangerous to carry a baby past term. Have an open conversation about your concerns and how to get the best result for you and your baby.

Some of induction’s risks

Just like any medical procedure, inducing labor has some risks for both you and your baby, including:

  • Increased chance of needing a c-section
  • Infection
  • Bleeding after delivery

Before agreeing to be induced, make sure you understand the reasons your doctor is recommending the procedure and the potential risks. Ask your doctor if there are alternatives to induction that might be safer for you and your baby.

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