Your doctor does not have to induce your labor early if you’re carrying a large baby. Early induction of labor doesn’t necessarily prevent complications or birth injuries. However, your doctor might want to get your labor started if you are a week or two past your due date.
Can you be induced if baby is measuring big?
Induction for a suspected larger baby on the outset may seem like a way to ensure a vaginal birth without these tools. The latest evidence shows us there is no decrease in the use of or risk of instrumental birth by early induction for a suspected big baby.
Can you be induced at 37 weeks if baby is big?
(Reuters Health) – Some women pregnant with unusually large babies may benefit from inducing labor to reduce the odds that the infants’ shoulders get stuck during delivery, a European study suggests.
When do you get induced if baby is big?
Your doctor’s estimate that your baby is big is more likely to be right (Boulvain et al 2016). She’s likely to recommend induction or a planned caesarean at 38 weeks. This may be safer for you and your baby because your baby is born earlier and smaller (Abramowicz and Ahn 2018, Boulvain et al 2016, RCOG 2012).
Can a baby be too big to deliver naturally?
A: A baby that weighs more than 8 lbs 13 ounces at the time of delivery is considered a “macrosomic” or “large for gestational age” baby. There are certainly women delivering all over the world that are able to deliver these larger babies vaginally. The issue with large babies, however, is two-fold.
Should I be worried if my baby is measuring big?
A larger than expected fundal height could be a sign of fetal macrosomia. Excessive amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios). Having too much amniotic fluid — the fluid that surrounds and protects a baby during pregnancy — might be a sign that your baby is larger than average.
Which week is best for delivery?
If your pregnancy is healthy, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks and wait for labor to begin on its own. When you schedule your baby’s birth, you schedule either labor induction or a c-section.
Can you request to be induced at 37 weeks?
If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you may also be offered expectant management. This is when your midwife or doctor monitor you and your baby, and your pregnancy progresses naturally as long as it is safe. If you’re more than 37 weeks pregnant, you may be offered an induction within 24 hours of your waters breaking.
What is considered a large baby?
Babies may be called large for gestational age if they weigh more than 9 in 10 babies or 97 of 100 babies of the same gestational age. In the U.S., this means babies born at 40 weeks’ gestation who weigh more than 8 pounds 13 ounces (4,000 grams) or 9 pounds, 11 ounces (4,400 grams) at birth.
Should I get induced or wait?
Inducing labor should only be for medical reasons. If your pregnancy is healthy, it’s best to wait for labor to start on its own. If your provider recommends inducing labor, ask about waiting until at least 39 weeks to be induced so your baby has time to develop in the womb.