Induction of labour is a type of delivery in which doctors use drugs to artificially stimulate the process of birth.

mother holding babyIt is one of the many types of deliveries women usually have to sort to. Doctors keep a close eye on you and your baby’s health as your pregnancy is reaching the later stages. During this period, they may decide to induce labour if they fear the occurrence of any issues.

There are a number of medical reasons due to which induced labour is opted for instead of natural childbirth. These can range from health issues in both mother and child to overdue of the due date and many more listed below:

  1. You are overdue – you are 42+ weeks pregnant and there is still no sign of natural contractions. At this time, doctors induce labour so that the baby does not have to face any health complications
  2. Waters broke – if you have no contractions even after your waters broke, you may be advised to switch to induced labour. Labour will stimulate in the following 24 hours after the doctors inject you with the relevant drug.
  3. Infection – there is a possibility of your uterus getting infected due to a large number of reasons. In this case, labour is induced so that the baby does not catch on to any such infections.
  4. The improper activity of the fetus – if you feel as if the baby is not moving properly
    of anything of sorts consult your doctor. They may induce labour if they suspect anything (irregular heartbeat, change in movement etc.).
  5. Your health issues – there are some of your own health problems too that can make you shift your natural delivery plan. Kidney disease, high blood pressure and women who diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy. Which is quite common. All these conditions can lead to induction of labour.
  6. Your placenta might be working improperly and doctors may suggest going for induced labour.

mother and babyAs induced labour is not a natural way of birthing a child, there are always some complications that can happen. You need to beware of any such possibilities and properly prepared. So, start reading the following:

  1. 25% of the induced labours do not work out. There may be no contractions even after the doctors have injected you with the drug. In this case, doctors immediately sort to C-section.
  2. All of the medications and the process of induced labour can cause a shift in the baby’s heartbeat. But, if dealt with immediately, this will not turn out to be an issue.
  3. There is always a risk that you may get an infection during it all and the baby could
    catch on to it as well.
  4. It can cause you to bleed more than usual.
  5. Induced labour is more painful when compared with natural delivery. Contractions start artificially and they come all at once. So, there is not a lot of time in between contractions to relax. (Is there ever?!?)
  6. Instrumental intervention is highly possible in order to aid the process. These may be forceps or ventouse. Doctors advise longer hospital stays to make sure you are doing okay. (Is it really a con if there is a swarm of people waiting for you and the baby back home?)
  7. For experienced mommies – induced labour may not be such a good idea with a history of C-section. Any of the previous uterine surgeries can cause the rupture of uterus in induced labour.

mother holding babyClose contact with your health care provider as your pregnancy is drawing to a close is highly suggested. There may be a sea of questions in your mind and that is the best time to consult your doctor and clear everything up. Ask about the possibilities of switching from natural labour to another and ask about the risks. It is essential for you to know everything before you put together a plan.

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