- Change in fetal heart rate
- Increased risk of infection in the woman and baby
- Umbilical cord problems
- Overstimulation of the uterus
- Uterine rupture
Stronger more painful contractions may limit oxygen supply to the baby thus causing fetal distress. It is also important to note that there is an increased risk of cesarean birth, increased usage of pharmaceutical pain relief such as epidural, and, because of the uncertainty of due dates, and the variation in the amount of time any given baby requires to reach maturity, early induction carries a risk of causing premature birth.
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