When will the Doctor Induce Labor?
Generally speaking, a baby will be born when he or she is just good and ready to be born. While we speak about pregnancy being exactly 40 weeks, and while we talk about a “due date”, the fact remains that babies can be born within a week or two either direction of a due date. However, if a woman goes more than two weeks past her due date, a health care provider may consider it necessary to induce labor.
There are a number of important reasons this may happen. First of all, if your baby gets to be too big, you may have trouble carrying the baby. In some cases, a large baby may make it difficult to give birth vaginally. Indeed, going 2 weeks or more past your baby’s due date is the most common reason that it is necessary to induce labor.
Another common reason to induce labor is if your water breaks before you actually start going into labor. The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby is there for a reason. Among other things, the amniotic fluid helps to protect your baby from infections. Once your water breaks, bacteria can then enter into the womb, putting your baby at risk for infection.
There are other reasons it might be necessary to induce labor. For example, there are often complications of pregnancy that make it necessary to induce labor. If you have high blood pressure, for example, your health care provider might wish to induce labor so that your blood pressure does not become dangerously high. If you have a serious infection of some sort, your health care provider may also consider it necessary to induce labor. Many times, a health care provider may consider it necessary that a woman who is diabetic undergo labor induction, due to the possible complications involved.
If your health care provider wishes to induce labor but you are not entirely certain that it is necessary, you should consider speaking with another health care provider. Obviously, time may be a critical factor here, and you won’t want to delay this process if at all possible.