Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks Can Lower the Chances of C-Section, Study Says

Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks Can Lower the Chances of C-Section, Study Says

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Many people, including some experts, have been believing that inducing labor would increase the chances of having a C-section in most cases. However, a recently-published study is trying to prove otherwise. It says that inducing labor during the 39th week of pregnancy would not increase the chances of having a C-section. Instead, the same can have a positive effect on avoiding a C-section. In most cases, people used to wait for the upcoming weeks instead of inducing labor during the period as mentioned above. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. National Institutes of Health supported it.

The study had taken inputs from 6100 women, some of who were induced labor during the 39th week and some of them weren’t. Women were induced labor had better health for the fetus and the delivery, with a huge number of cases avoiding a C-section. On the other hand, a noticeable number of women who waited until labor — without going for labor inducing — had faced an increased chance of C-section. It should also be noted that the overall health of babies born with labor-inducing was comparatively better than babies who were born after waiting for labor.

In the Conclusion section, the researchers say: Induction of labor at 39 weeks in low-risk nulliparous women did not result in a significantly lower frequency of a composite adverse perinatal outcome, but it did result in a significantly lower frequency of cesarean delivery. It is clear that the concept that inducing labor would increase the chances of C-section is based on some data misinterpretation. This misinterpreted data probably took inputs from women who were induced before the 39th week. The authors of the paper say that 39 weeks is the suitable time to induce labor. Delivering the baby before the time-period would cause a lot of medical issues.

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