Health Tip: When to Induce Labor

Most often, when a woman is 2 weeks overdue

(HealthDay News) -- Most pregnant women will go into labor naturally, but sometimes it's safer for doctors to induce labor.

Here are reasons for why a doctor might decide to induce labor, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Going two weeks or longer past the due date.
  • Having no contractions after the woman's water breaks.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having an infection in the uterus.
  • Having diabetes.
  • Having an insufficient amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
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