|Can you explain why my doctor might induce my labour?
The first obvious reason is if the mother or baby has an
illness known to the doctor and he needs the labour to start.
The obvious example is preeclampsia, in which the pregnant
woman’s blood pressure rises and poses a threat to
both the baby and the unborn child. If the situation allows,
then the doctor will induce labour. Otherwise preeclampsia
often results in a ceasarian birth.
As the pregnancy moves towards the 40th week, your doctor
will be keeping close eye on both you and the baby. Depending
on your doctor’s point of view, you may be allowed
to continue the pregnancy up to 42 weeks if all seems well.
But it is very unusual for a doctor to allow a pregnancy
to carry on past this limit. The size of the baby and the
condition of the placenta become increasingly worrying to
the doctor around this time, and induction may be the best
What your doctor will be checking for are any signs of
distress from the baby such as increased heart beat, and
also signs that your placenta is no longer adequate or that
your amniotic fluid levels are low. Sometimes the fluids
can leak out without you realizing it, and the baby could
be at risk of infection.
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