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    Induction of labor is when labor is medically initiated before it naturally begins on its own. This is done for a variety of reasons, but it is a decision that you make with your doctor or midwife, usually later in your pregnancy. That said, there are a few instances when you might know earlier in your pregnancy that an induction might be the best thing for you or your baby.

    Why Is Labor Induced?
    Labor can be induced for many reasons. Labor should only be induced for valid medical reasons because of the risks involved with induction of labor. Some of these medical reasons include:

    Infection: Having a uterine infection or an infection of the amniotic sac (chorioamnionitis) is a reason to induce. You do not want the baby to live in an infected environment. Typically an induction is done while simultaneously treating the infection. This may also cause the amniotic sac to release prior to the start of labor, without regard to the length of gestation.
    Diabetes (Gestational or Type I and II): Gestational diabetes or type I diabetes are both common reasons that mothers are induced at the end of their pregnancies but before the fortieth week. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that if gestational diabetes is the only complication, you could consider going to the forty-first week of pregnancy, but many practitioners are worried about increased weight in the baby, the potential for shoulder dystocia, and stillbirth.
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    High Blood Pressure in the Mother: When a mother experiences high blood pressure during pregnancy it can place her health and the health of her baby in jeopardy. This can occur at any point in pregnancy, but it more often occurs at the end. It may be something that happens suddenly or that slowly builds over time. Having high blood pressure may also be a symptom of preeclampsia or eclampsia. Untreated, high blood pressure can lead to severe complications including stroke in the mother, and death in the mother or baby. Once a pregnancy has reached thirty-seven weeks, there is often little question of if induction would be more beneficial than waiting when a mother has certain blood pressure readings. Your doctor will help you figure out what is the best practice given your specific symptoms.
    Completion of Forty-Two Weeks of Pregnancy: A pregnancy that continues past the forty-second week is considered to be too long for an average gestation. At this point, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that, even without medical reasons in the mother or baby, timing alone is sufficient enough reason to induce.
    There are several other reasons why labor may be induced as well, including premature rupture of your membranes (PROM), which may or may not be occurring with an infection; it may also be indicated if your baby does not do well on a screening test like a non-stress test (NST) or biophysical profile (BPP), or if your baby is experiencing intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

    Talking with your doctor or midwife is important to understand why an induction of labor is being recommended and what your options are.

    What Is a Social Induction of Labor?
    A social induction is also known as an induction for the convenience of either the doctor, the midwife, or the family; it’s also another name for an elective induction. It may be done to get the practitioner that you want, to aid in family scheduling, or to try to pick a certain birth date. This is highly discouraged due to the added risks of induction of labor (more on this below). Labor induction for any reason should not be considered until after thirty-nine weeks when possible.

    What Are the Risks of Inducing Your Labor?
    There are several risks associated with labor in general that may be more common with an induction of labor. For this reason, there should be clear and specific benefits to outweigh these risks for you or your baby

  • #2339

    thanks for sharing this with us

  • #2343

    goog one

     

  • #2348

    So this is what induced labour is all about. I have heard about it but was not sure what it meant. Thank for sharing

  • #2354

    I heard induction is very painful

  • #2488

    Thnks for sharing.

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