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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Something to keep in mind at prenatal visits this week...

By November 18, 2012

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Thanksgiving is not a complication of pregnancy.

If you are due in the next few weeks and your doctor or midwife offers you an induction so that you can be home with your baby and eating turkey by Thursday afternoon, remember, this is considered an elective induction and carries greater risk for your baby and your labor than waiting for spontaneous labor. This can include a higher risk of your baby being in the neonatal intensive care (NICU), fetal distress, cesarean section or other complications of induction and potential prematurity. The vast majority of moms and babies do much better waiting for the baby to signal that he or she is ready to be born when there is an absence of complications. Now, that is something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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