Induced Labor May Improve Outcome in Risky Pregnancies

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Labor should be induced after 37 weeks in pregnant women with mild hypertension disorders such as high blood pressure and mild preeclampsia, according to a new study ...

... Some of the women underwent induced labor and others were monitored as their pregnancies continued.

The two groups were compared on a number of measures that the researchers labeled as poor maternal outcome, including death, eclampsia, pulmonary edema, progression to severe high blood pressure, major post-birth bleeding (loss of a liter or more of blood), and what's known as HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet, or red blood cell, count).

Poor maternal outcome occurred in 31 percent of the women who had induced labor and in 44 percent who were monitored ...

... women who had induced labor had fewer cesarean sections than those in the monitored group.

... The study authors concluded that "induction of labor should be advised for women with gestational hypertension and a diastolic blood pressure of 95 mm Hg or higher or mild preeclampsia at a gestational age beyond 37 weeks."

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