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38 weeks

Elective Labor Induction?

I'm full term anyway. Can I just ask the doctor to induce me already?

Patience, child. Just because you are "full term" doesn’t mean baby is ready to come out. Your body knows when the time is right, and it’s safer not to cut it short, especially before you’ve passed your due date. Plus, induction isn’t without risks. Inducing labor too early (for example, if your due date projections were off) could result in a preterm birth, putting baby at risk for health issues. Induction also increases the risk of infection (for you and baby), umbilical cord problems, low fetal heart rate, the need for a c-section and an increased risk of uterine rupture if you’re trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesaerean).

Plus, more from The Bump:

What Happens In an Induction

Going Past Due Date?

Natural Labor Induction Methods

By Excerpted from The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those Nine Long Months