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Induction booked for 40wks - First time mum over 40

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OldFirsttimer Wed 24-Dec-14 08:21:59

As a 41 year old first time mum, I am booked to be be induced at 40 weeks. Should I be concerned that they are leaving me to term and push for earlier induction say @ 39 wks? MW has said that the consultant would very likely look on this favourably if I wanted to do this. Currently 38wks so not long to go but just feeling bit jittery about being left too late and increased risk of still birth. Have kept well throughout pregnancy and mw monitoring regularly. Am I worrying about nothing?

LizzieMint Wed 24-Dec-14 08:27:59

What are the statistics on the increased risk? I know on average (ie not specifically for 40+ mums) the rate of stillbirth increases but after 42 weeks, not 40. It's often quoted as doubling, but it's tiny in the first place (goes from 0.2 to 0.4% or something around there.) plus, when I looked into it (I went very overdue), the majority of the increase was down to problems in pregnancies that were already known about, rather than for an existing healthy, problem-free pregnancy.
So, I'd be fact-finding if I were you and getting as much info as you can so you can make your own, informed decision.

DRSLondon Wed 24-Dec-14 08:48:39

I am 30 and I have the same fears. I've had a difficult journey to motherhood and am only 28 weeks but I want my baby early too. I'm just anxious generally! I'm sure you are in safe hands and they know what is best. But if 1 week makes you feel better then ask. The placenta doesn't age until 40 weeks.
Best of luck x

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