The last few weeks of pregnancy can be really uncomfortable. It can be hard to sit, stand, and sleep. Sometimes women feel so bad, they ask their doctor or midwife to start labor early with medicine. This is called inducing labor.
Unless a woman has major health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure, inducing labor before 39 weeks can cause problems for you and your baby.
If you're healthy, it's best to wait for your body to go into labor on its' own. Your body knows best. Studies have found that when the baby's lungs and brain are fully formed, and the mother's body is ready, natural labor hormones are released.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage women to wait for labor until at least 39 weeks. Try to be patient.
In some cases, your baby may even need to be re-admitted to the hospital.
Remember…each week counts for a healthy baby!
This information is provided as a poster that can be displayed in your health care offices.