A 50-year-old member asked:
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When is the soonest time I can induce labor?

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Dr. Erin Alward
16 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
39 weeks: Labor can be induced at anytime. Sometimes we even induce prematurely if the mom or baby are in danger. There are risks of prematurity though. These risks seem to be lessened after 38 completed weeks. So we try to wait until after 39 weeks to induce someone electively.
Answered on Sep 7, 2016
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