The rate of scheduled early deliveries in 2004 was at an all-time high because it had become a choice mothers were allowed to make to stave off the last weeks of pregnancy and the extra weight gain.
Being in control of when the birth process should end, except for when there is a medical emergency due to complications, isn’t recommended as recent research shows that it can come at a cost of risks to your baby.
The risks involved with early delivery:
If a baby is born before the 39th week, it is considered as an early delivery. Even though the medical community once claimed that the practice of early birthing was safe, it is now being scrutinized. The baby’s development depends largely on the last weeks of gestation and it’s proved to be critically important. Babies that were birthed early were at risk of breathing issues due to underdeveloped lungs, feeding problems, low body temperature, fatal infections and more.
Unless there is a medical issue that necessitates an early birth, this practice of scheduling the birth of your little one is not considered a smart move.
Some of the reasons a doctor may suggest induced labor are:
1. Baby has stopped growing in utero
2. Mother has high blood pressure
3. Mother has diabetes
4. Mother has preeclampsia
5. Mother’s water breaks prematurely
If you are considering an early delivery, consult your doctor and open the option of reconsidering your decision.