Q&A: Induction

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“I’m 40 weeks pregnant and felt a bit upset to hear my midwife encourage me to induce. She explained that anything after 41 weeks should be induced since it can affect the placenta and the baby will have a much larger amount of meconium. Is that true? It doesn’t seem like it should be a big enough concern considering that a due date is an estimation. She as well specifically offered to artificially rupture the membranes of my baby’s sac. I was wondering if you can explain and describe all possibilities of this and what are the common side effects of an artificial rupture of membranes.” – Dede

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