Most babies choose their own time to be born, but about one in five babies born in the UK will have been induced. Induction is a technique your consultant obstetrician at the London clinic can use to artificially start your labour. There are several reasons why you might need to be induced.
One of the most common reasons for having an induction is that the baby is overdue. If you haven’t gone into labour by the time you are 42 weeks pregnant, it can be a good idea to have an induction. You will probably be feeling quite uncomfortable if you reach this point, but there is also a slightly higher risk of complications if you go into labour after 42 weeks.
An induction can also help if your waters have broken but the labour hasn’t progressed. Once your waters break, your baby is no longer isolated from the outside world so there is a risk of an infection getting into your womb. However, induction isn’t always the best option in this situation. It will depend on the length of your pregnancy and the risk to you and the baby. In some cases, the pregnancy can be allowed to progress naturally.
Your consultant obstetrician in London might also recommend an induction if there is a risk to you or the baby. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or obstetric homoeostasis can be very serious when you are pregnant. If your symptoms are severe and it is safe for your baby to be born, it can be better to induce labour rather than to risk your own health. Induction can also help if your baby isn’t thriving in the womb.
If your doctor thinks that you might benefit from an induction, you will have plenty of time to discuss the procedure and the reasons for having it. Your consultant obstetrician at the London clinic will help you to understand the pros and cons, but it is up to you whether you want to go ahead with the induction or not.