Induction by request
The risk of late preterm birth
Inductions may contribute to the growing number of babies who are born "late preterm," between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. While babies born at this time are usually considered healthy, they are more likely to have medical problems than babies born a few weeks later at full term (37-42 weeks).
A baby's lungs and brain mature late in pregnancy. Compared to a full-term baby, an infant born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation is more likely to have problems with:
- Maintaining his or her temperature
It can be hard to pinpoint the date your baby was conceived. Being off by just a week or two can result in premature birth. This may make a difference in your baby's health. Keep this in mind when scheduling an induction.
Learn more about inducing labor. If you decide to ask your provider for an induction, be sure to ask these two questions:
- How will you induce my labor?
- Will inducing labor increase the chance that I'll need a c-section?
Pain relief during labor
- Spinal block: Spinal injection that numbs your lower body
- Epidural block: Lower back injection that blocks pain
- Natural techniques: Relaxation and breathing techniques