For largest babies, inducing labor may help prevent injury during birth

April 22, 2015 6:26 PM

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For largest babies, inducing labor may help prevent injury during birth

(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.

Generally, doctors don't induce labor before babies are considered full term at about 39 weeks of pregnancy because earlier deliveries can lead to breathing difficulties and other complications for infants. But, because oversized babies risk serious injury if their shoulders get stuck, researchers l...

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