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Is labor induction necessary as my cervix did not thin out at 38 weeks?


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Dr. Deepti

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Published At February 27, 2021
Reviewed AtDecember 25, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 28 years old. I got pregnant after ten months from my last delivery. I have delivered a baby girl, which was a normal delivery. It has been 38 weeks, the doctor said my baby did not fix his head, but the baby is in the normal position for a natural birth. She said my cervix did not thin out yet. So we have to go for induction or C-section.

Answered by Dr. Deepti


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Well, yes, induction is done at 40 weeks. If there is no spontaneous onset of labor pain by that time and there is no other maternal or fetal complication. You are at 38 weeks right now, so the doctor will wait for spontaneous pain for two weeks more. Induction is done after assessing the patient, and a suitable drug is chosen. Most of the patients normally deliver after induction. However, some may land into cesarean if induction is failed, or there are some maternal indications too that cesarian mandate section like fetal distress (decreased fetal heart rate), or meconium-stained liquor (baby passes stools in utero that is harmful to baby), which usually are side effects of induction. So patiently wait for the labor pain till 40 weeks, then go for induction. All the best.

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Dr. Deepti
Dr. Deepti

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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