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Is it necessary to induce labor if the blood pressure is above 140 mm Hg?


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Answered by

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 18, 2021
Reviewed AtFebruary 28, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My spouse is 36 weeks pregnant. We noted that her blood pressure has been fluctuating since yesterday. We called the doctor, and they kept her under observation for a couple of hours and did some blood and urine tests. She did not have any other symptoms like headache, pain in the abdomen, or blurred vision. The only sign is her blood pressure was fluctuating. After a couple of hours, the doctor mentioned that her blood pressure was above 140 and added her to the induction list. They asked as to come on sometime this week to induce labor. I have a couple of questions as follows:

1) Is it necessary to have induced labor?

2) Was the assessment correct?

3) Is induction of labor safe at 37 weeks of pregnancy?

4) Is there any long-term side effect of the labor induction process on the baby or mother?

5) How will postpartum look like in this case?

6) Will her blood pressure get back to normal?

7) Is there any relation between using Pitocin and autism in newborns?


Answered by Dr. Lorena Zijaj


Welcome to icliniq.com.

This age of gestation is considered near term, and the baby is mature enough. High blood pressure is the indication for labor induction. It can be associated with albuminuria and pre-eclampsia. Also, baby movements are essential to evaluate the heartbeats of the baby. The blood pressure that you mentioned above are higher than the normal range. Labor induction is safe at 37 weeks, and it imitates natural births with no side effects for the baby and mother. There is no connection with autism or any other side effect in labor induction.


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Dr. Lorena Zijaj
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