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"Are there any problems with inducing labor?"
Is it normal for women to induce labor a few days after their baby was supposed to be due?
Congratulations on successfully carrying your pregnancy to term! I hope that you have an uneventful labor and birth. It is quite common to need to induce labor if the baby has still not come even after the due date. This does not mean that there is something wrong with the pregnancy or with the baby, but at the very end of the pregnancy the baby is growing very rapidly. Therefore, every day of delay increases the chances that the baby will get to a size that makes labor and delivery more difficult. Therefore, most OB GYN doctors will want to induce the labor if the baby has still not come after a few days. Inducing labor is a very common medical procedure, which involves either medications placed into the vagina near the cervix or intravenous medications which relax the cervix and stimulate uterine contractions. This procedure is usually very well tolerated and is safe. It does slightly increase your risk of needing to have a caesarean section, but most births proceed normally after induction. Talk to your OB GYN doctor about this process, and good luck as you get ready to have your baby!
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