What are the risks of labor induction?

Inducing labor can have some risks. The risks depend on the method your healthcare provider chooses.

Some methods, such as receiving too much oxytocin too quickly, may overstimulate your uterus. This overstimulation can cause your uterus to contract too frequently. Too-frequent contractions may lead to complications, including problems with the umbilical cord and the baby’s heart rate.

Other possible risks of labor induction include:

  • Infection
  • Uterine rupture
  • Increased risk of cesarean birth
  • Death of the fetus

It is possible that inducing labor will not work for you. If this happens, you will be more likely to have a cesarean section (C-section) delivery.

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