Induction

If you are 40 weeks or more pregnant your doctor will probably start recommending induction. It is important to ask your doctor plenty of questions and make sure you understand the process and that you are comfortable with the process.

If you are not comfortable with being induced ask your doctor about doing a non stress test and an ultrasound to check the placenta and the baby. If the ultrasound looks good and the non stress test looks good you can probably hold off on an induction for at least a few more days. Ask your doctor about things you can try to naturally induce your labor.

Ask your doctor what route of induction they recommend for you and why. Your doctor should explain the procedure and the risks and benefits. Ask your doctor what will happen if the induction doesn't work. Will your doctor let you go home after a failed induction and wait a few more days at home and then come back to try again or will your doctor insist on going for a c-section.

Whatever you chose, make sure you are comfortable with that is being done and recommended by your doctor.

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4Katie
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    03/13/14
    4Katie
    You can go to 42 weeks or even longer if everything is looking ok. After 40 weeks the placenta can start to deteriorate and increase the risk of a stillbirth so they keep a close eye on it.
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