Who should be induced?
The medical reasons for inducing are relatively clear-cut -- including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, an overdue baby, and health risks to your baby. If your health or that of your baby will be at risk if the pregnancy continues, inducing labor or having a c-section may be the best course of action.
If you're at 41-and-a-half weeks of pregnancy, induction is a clear choice, says Leslie Ludka, a nurse-midwife in Silver Springs, Maryland. Past 42 weeks, odds are your baby will be larger, and that can lead to prolonged labor or complications with your newborn.