In most pregnancies, labour will start naturally between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Under normal circumstances, your cervix softens and starts to open, you’ll get contractions or your water may break. Nevertheless, in some situations your labour may need to be started artificially. This is called induced labour, or labour induction. It may involve mechanically softening and opening your cervix, breaking your waters, or using medicine to start off your contractions.
Do not worry, it is nothing so uncommon! Nowadays, approximately 25% of all pregnancies need to be induced.
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