Scheduling Labor: Why Every Week Matters
By the end of pregnancy, you’re probably so uncomfortable you just want baby out. But if your doctor says you need a c-section or induction, you might want to schedule it as close to your due date as recommended. The March of Dimes announced a new campaign with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today called, “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” The campaigns seeks to provide awareness for women and health care providers about the dangers of scheduling an induction or c-section if a pregnancy is healthy. According to the March of Dimes, research has shown that important development of baby’s brain and lungs occur during the last few weeks of pregnancy and babies born even just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness compared to full-term infants.
The organization is working with hospitals to discourage early elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Some of the risks of scheduling an early birth are:
• Your due date could be as much as two weeks off, so baby may be born even earlier than you think putting her at higher risk for health problems.
• Cesarean delivery can increase baby’s risk of breathing problems for baby.
• C-sections may cause problems with future pregnancies and have longer recovery time.
Of course, there are cases where a c-section or emergency delivery is needed, but the March of Dimes suggests that if an early delivery isn’t required, moms-to-be should wait until labor starts on its own.
Plus, more from The Bump:
Reasons You Might Need a C-Section
How to Avoid Preterm Labor
Ways to Avoid a C-Section
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