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Week 39: Inducing Labor

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How many weeks do you have to wait to get induced?

How many weeks do you have to wait to get induced?

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Your doctor may decide to speed things along if a week or two has passed since your due date and your baby is still stubbornly stuck in your womb.

It's a good idea to induce by 42 weeks, because babies who linger any longer than that are at greater risk for health problems. Their food supply (the placenta) can run out, or they may have their first bowel movement (meconium) and breathe it in.

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Your doctor may decide to speed things along if a week or two has passed since your due date and your baby is still stubbornly stuck in your womb.

It's a good idea to induce by 42 weeks, because babies who linger any longer than that are at greater risk for health problems. Their food supply (the placenta) can run out, or they may have their first bowel movement (meconium) and breathe it in.

That isn't it.


Your doctor may decide to speed things along if a week or two has passed since your due date and your baby is still stubbornly stuck in your womb.


It's a good idea to induce by 42 weeks, because babies who linger any longer than that are at greater risk for health problems. Their food supply (the placenta) can run out, or they may have their first bowel movement (meconium) and breathe it in.

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