Only 1.7% of low-risk women with an uncomplicated pregnancy who had induced labor at 41 weeks had adverse perinatal outcomes, compared with 3.1% of those who underwent expectant management until 42 weeks, according to a study in The BMJ. Researchers also found reduced odds of Apgar scores below 7 at 5 minutes among infants in the induction group, but the prevalence of cesarean section births and adverse maternal outcomes were similar between both groups.
Induced labor at 41 weeks may improve perinatal outcomes
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