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When is the soonest time i can induce labor?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
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.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ask your OB: It depends on your individual circumstance and if the babies lungs are developed enough.

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