Waters breaking early (PPROM)

Preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM) is when your waters break before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If this happens, you will need to get medical help straight away.

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This page covers waters breaking early before 37 weeks. Read more about what to expect when your waters break after 37 weeks.

What is preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM)?

Your baby develops inside a bag of fluid called the amniotic sac. When your baby is ready to be born, the sac breaks and the fluid comes out through your vagina. This is your waters breaking. It is also known as rupture of the membranes.

Normally your waters break shortly before or during labour. If your waters break before labour at less than 37 weeks of pregnancy, this is known as preterm prelabour rupture of membranes or PPROM. If this happens, it can (but does not always) trigger early labour.

If your waters break early, the risks and treatment depend on your stage of pregnancy.

Is PPROM common in pregnancy?

PPROM happens in about 3% of pregnancies.

What causes PPROM?

We don’t always know why PPROM happens. But it may be caused by infection, or placental problems, such as placental insufficiency or a blood clot (haematoma) behind the placenta or membranes. Other risk factors may include if you:

It is important to remember that PPROM is not caused by anything you did or didn’t do in pregnancy.

How will I know if my waters have broken?

Your waters breaking may feel like a mild popping sensation, followed by a trickle or gush of fluid that you can’t stop, unlike when you wee. The amount of fluid you lose may vary. You may not have any sensation of the actual ‘breaking’, and then the only sign that your waters have broken is the trickle of fluid. It doesn’t hurt when your waters break.

You can read more about what to expect when your waters break.

What should I do if my waters break early?

If you think your waters may have broken, you should contact your midwife or labour ward and go to the hospital for a check-up straight away.

Amniotic fluid is clear and a pale straw colour. It may be a little pinkish if it contains some blood, or it may be clear. You must tell your healthcare professional if:

  • the waters are smelly or coloured
  • you are losing blood.

This could mean that you and your baby need urgent attention.

If you think that you are leaking fluid from the vagina, wear a pad not a tampon so your doctor or midwife can check the amount and colour of your waters.

“I had cervical incompetence and PPROM. I was put on hospital bedrest, antibiotics and had regular scans on the remaining water levels. Despite the antibiotics my infection markers were getting worse and I had to be induced at 24 weeks because they didn't think my baby would survive much longer in an infected womb. He survived birth, spent 7 months in hospital and then came home. He's now almost 5 years old and starting school in September.”

Rachel

What happens at the hospital?

When you arrive at hospital, your healthcare professional will assess you to see if your waters have broken. This will also include a check on your general health including your temperature, pulse and blood pressure. They will also check your baby’s heartbeat and may do a urine test to check for infection.

Your healthcare professional will talk to you about what has happened, how you are feeling and your pregnancy history.

How is PPROM diagnosed?

Your healthcare professional will likely ask to do an internal vaginal examination (they will ask for your permission before doing so).

You may have what’s called a speculum examination. This is when a small instrument covered in gel is inserted into the vagina. The healthcare professional will then be able to see if there is any fluid pooling in the vagina. They will also take a swab to test for infection and a swab to test for group B strep infection. This will help confirm if your waters have broken. This test isn’t painful but it can sometimes be uncomfortable.

If it isn’t clear from the speculum examination, they may do a swab test of the fluid. They may also do an ultrasound scan to estimate the amount of fluid around your baby.

What happens next?

If your waters have broken, you will usually be advised to stay in hospital where you and your baby will be closely monitored for signs of infection. This may be for a few days or maybe longer. You will have your temperature, blood pressure and pulse taken regularly, as well as blood tests to check for infection. Your baby’s heart rate will also be monitored regularly.

If your waters have not broken, you should be able to go home.

If only a very small amount of amniotic fluid is leaking, it is not always possible to see it during an examination and it can be difficult to confirm whether your waters have broken.

If you continue to leak fluid at home, you should return to the hospital for a further check-up.

What could PPROM mean for me and for my baby?

If your waters have broken early, your healthcare professional will discuss with you the possible outcomes for your baby. These will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are when this happens and your individual circumstances. 

Infection

The membranes form a protective barrier around the baby. After the membranes break, there is a risk that you may develop an infection. This can cause you to go into labour early or cause you or your baby to develop sepsis (a life-threatening reaction to an infection).

The symptoms of infection include:

  • a raised temperature
  • an unusual vaginal discharge with an unpleasant smell
  • a fast pulse rate
  • pain in your lower stomach.

Your baby’s heart rate may also be faster than normal. If there are signs that you have an infection, your baby may need to be born straight away. This is to try to prevent both you and your baby becoming more unwell. 

PPROM and premature birth

About 50% of women with PPROM will go into labour within 1 week after their waters break. The further along you are in your pregnancy, the more likely you are to go into labour within 1 week of your waters breaking. PPROM is associated with 3-4 out of every 10 premature births.

Babies born prematurely have an increased risk of health problems and may need to spend time a neonatal unit. Find out more about premature birth.

Cord prolapse

This is when the umbilical cord falls through your cervix into the vagina. This is an emergency complication and can be life-threatening for your baby, but it is uncommon.

Pulmonary hypoplasia

This is when your baby’s lungs fail to develop normally because of a lack of fluid around them. It is more common if your waters break very early on in pregnancy (less than 24 weeks) when your baby’s lungs are still developing.

Placental abruption

This when your placenta separates prematurely from your uterus. It can cause heavy bleeding and can be dangerous for both you and your baby. Find out more about placental abruption.

If you experience PPROM, sometimes your baby sadly may not survive. There is a higher risk of this happening if your waters break very early, if the baby is born very prematurely (under 24 weeks) or, in some cases, following infection or cord prolapse.

Are there any treatments for PPROM?

It is not possible to ‘fix’ or heal the membranes once they are broken. But you may be offered treatment to reduce the risks to your baby. This could include:

  • a short course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection and delay labour
  • a course of steroid injections (corticosteroids) to help with your baby’s development and to reduce the chance of problems caused by being born prematurely
  • magnesium sulphate once you are in labour, which can reduce the risk of your baby developing cerebral palsy if they are born very premature.

If you do go into premature labour, you may be offered intravenous antibiotics (where the antibiotics are given through a needle straight into a vein) to reduce the risk of early-onset group B strep infection.

Do I need to stay in hospital?

You will usually be advised to stay in hospital for 5 to 7 days after your waters break, to monitor your and your baby’s wellbeing. You may be allowed to go home after that if you are not considered at risk for giving birth early.

When should I seek help if I go home?

Contact your healthcare professional and return to the hospital immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • raised temperature
  • flu-like symptoms (feeling hot and shivery)
  • vaginal bleeding
  • if the leaking fluid becomes greenish or smelly
  • contractions or cramping pain
  • abdominal pain or back pain
  • if you are worried that the baby is not moving as normalContact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed.

You should be given clear advice on how to take your pulse and temperature at home. You’ll probably also be advised to avoid having sex during this time.

What follow-up should I have?

You should have regular check-ups with your healthcare professional (usually once or twice a week).

During these check-ups, your baby’s heart rate will be monitored, your temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be checked and you will have blood tests to look for signs of infection. Your doctor will work with you to make an ongoing plan for your pregnancy, including regular ultrasound scans to check on your baby’s growth.

Your mental health

Experiencing PPROM can be stressful and cause a lot of anxiety. Coping with new symptoms and complications in pregnancy can sometimes be overwhelming. You could try our top 10 tips to relax.

If you’re feeling low, talk to your partner, family or friends about how you are feeling. You can also talk to your midwife. You won’t be judged for how you feel. They will help you stay well so you can look after yourself and your baby. They may also be able to signpost you to more help and support if you need it.

You can also call the Tommy’s midwives for a free, confidential chat on 0800 014 7800 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or email us at [email protected].

When is the right time to give birth?

If you and your baby are both well with no signs of infection, you may be advised to wait until 37 weeks to give birth. This is because it can reduce the risks associated with being born prematurely.

If you are carrying the GBS bacteria, then you may be advised to give birth from 34 weeks because of the risk of GBS infection for your baby.

Your healthcare professional will talk to you about what they think is best and ask you what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable and able to make informed decisions about your care.

Will I be able to have a vaginal birth after PPROM?

This is possible, but it depends on when you go into labour, the position your baby is lying, and your own individual circumstances and choices.

Your healthcare professional will discuss this with you. 

Will I have PPROM again a future pregnancy?

Possibly. Having PPROM or giving birth prematurely means that you are at an increased risk of having a preterm birth in any future pregnancies, but it doesn’t mean that you definitely will.

You will probably have specialist care in your next pregnancy. If you are not offered specialist care, you can ask for it. Remember that you can always talk to your midwife if you have any concerns about your care.

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Sources

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2019) When your waters break prematurely https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/when-your-waters-break-prematurely/

Dayal, S and Peter L. Hong, Peter L (2019) Premature Rupture of Membranes. StatPearls Publishing

Macdonald, Sue (2017) Mayes’ Midwifery. London, Elsevier Health Sciences UK

NHS Choices. Signs that labour has begun. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/labour-signs-what-happens/ (page last reviewed 09/11/2017 Next review due 09/11/2020)

NHS Choices. Premature labour and birth. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/premature-early-labour/ (page last reviewed 04/11/2019 Next review due 04/11/2022)

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    • By Megan (not verified) on 30 Dec 2018 - 21:06

      My water broke at 28 weeks I was very low in fluid so they rushed me my ambulance to a hospital about an hour away and I was on bed rest for 6 weeks. At 34 weeks they released me and said that my sons head has clogged the hole and sent me home 3 weeks after I got out I had him. It’s definitely scary but have trust in the dr.’s and keep hoping for the best. I hope all is well.

    • By Khocy (not verified) on 5 Feb 2019 - 05:16

      I wilsh al th best

    • By Carribgirl29 (not verified) on 5 Nov 2018 - 07:49

      Hi
      My water broke at 24 weeks and I'm currently in hospital, I've been out in antibiotics and steroid shot for the baby boy's lungs. Pressure and temperature is going well. Doctor ordered a WBC and might discharge me today if everything seems to be going well. The only thing I'm worried about now is this slime like vaginal discharge (smells mostly of antibiotics and has a creamish yellow colour). Oh... baby's heart beat is going good(143-147). I'm not sure how long I'd be able to keep my baby in but does anyone know the risk of baby being ok with all the antibiotics I'm receiving? Also if the discharge is normal?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Nov 2018 - 14:51

      Hi Carribgirl29. Thank you for your comment.

      Prescribing antibiotics when your waters break prematurely is very normal practice and this is to try and prevent the development of an infection for you or your baby. The discharge that you may be experiencing could be due to thrush, which can be very common in pregnancy especially if you are on antibiotics. We would recommend that as you are in hospital, speak to the midwives or Doctors that are looking after you and explain the discharge that you are experiencing then they will be able to give you any treatment if needed. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Nontozintle Sus... (not verified) on 23 Oct 2018 - 09:29

      Good day, my water broke at 20 weeks 5 days of pregnancy. They don't know what caused it or how did it come out but they say the water which is left its to little for a baby to survive. They suggest termination.the scan says everything about the baby is fine expect the water being little, and I'm fine also. No pain,no licking ,I can feel my baby moving.im confused I don't know what to do

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Oct 2018 - 14:30

      I can't advise what you should do. This will be your decision. I would suggest that you discuss with the doctors the chance of survival of your baby and what would happen if you continued with the pregnancy. i hope that they will understand your dilemma and help you to come to your decision. Take good care of yourself

    • By Kayleigh (not verified) on 25 Oct 2018 - 11:32

      My waters went at 16 weeks with my youngest and I was told to terminate due to little fluid, but I didn’t and although it was difficult we got to 36 weeks, he was poorly when born but he’s now 2 and doing amazing! I’m currently pregnant again and my water went at 19weeks I’m now 22 weeks so I’m getting there! Have hope and whatever decision you make I wish you all the luck in the world.. just remember premmie babies are stronger than we know x

    • By Saba (not verified) on 19 Feb 2019 - 17:59

      What precuations you adopt after pprom.. Because i rupture my membranes at 12 weeks and have enough fluid for baby to survive

    • By Jocelyn (not verified) on 22 Nov 2018 - 18:18

      Hi there. I am currently pregnant with twin boys. The sac for my twin A broke at 21 weeks pretty close to where you are now. The drs recommended termination to me as well however I felt that if I wasn’t going into labour and both babies were doing well I wanted to wait and see what happened. I’m currently almost 27 weeks both my babies are still doing great and I feel good no infection or any signs of labour. Of course they don’t know exactly what complications my twin A will have due to his lack of fluid but they know it can effect lung and muscle development. I have already made it to the point where if I have to deliver now both my boys have a great shot and I am so happy I didn’t listen to the doctors when they were pushing termination. Just wanted to let you know that you have more options and there is hope that your baby will be just fine :). Hope that helps

    • By Stephany (not verified) on 12 Oct 2018 - 10:37

      I was 26 weeks pregnant with my second son when I was in a car accident which broke my water. I didn’t know at the time that was my water breaking but I had my monthly checkup the following week so I didn’t go to the doctor or hospital. At my doctors appointment they realize my water had in fact broke and the fluid was low. My doctor advised me to head straight to the hospital where I would spend the next 8 very long weeks. My doctor thought I’d deliver within 2 weeks but to everyone’s surprise my son stayed in for 8 weeks. My water work when I was 26 weeks pregnant and they did a csection when I was 33 weeks and 4 days pregnant. My son was born at 4lbs 11oz. He only spent 18 days in the nicu. He’s almost bigger then his 4 year old brother at only 2 1/2 years old. You’d never know he was born over a month early and went through what he did being he kind of had no ammenoic fluid or 2 months. So ladies don’t give up hope if your water has broken early. Our bodies amaze us everyday!! ❤️❤️

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Oct 2018 - 16:04

      Thank you Stephany for your lovely positive story. I think that our readers will find this very encouraging and if it helps just one other woman it is worth reading. We wish you and your sons all the very best. Tommy's midwives x

    • By Yee Yang (not verified) on 6 Nov 2018 - 05:24

      Thank you for the case sharing

    • By Kei (not verified) on 8 Oct 2018 - 06:05

      Im on 16weeks on pregnancy, when my waters broke and i felt some little pain or contractions in my stomach and back. What should i do?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Oct 2018 - 12:34

      Hi Kei, I don't know which country you are living in but, it is really important that you see a doctor or midwife as soon as possible. If your waters have broken it is important to check for infection and to treat you if you do have any signs. Best wishes to you from Tommy's midwives.

    • By Darshini Saulick (not verified) on 17 Sep 2018 - 17:37

      Hi my water broke at 18 week all of a sudden. Few hours earlier was having little contraction on amd off thought it was due to baby moving. When water broke rush to the hospital and by that time wascalready bleeding heavily. All happen so quick didnt realise wat was happenong. Today already 1 month since lost yhe baby. Waiting for nexy cycle to try again.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Sep 2018 - 13:09

      Dear Darshini,
      I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. If we can support you at all then please do be in touch, you can email us [email protected]
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Sieflop (not verified) on 13 Sep 2018 - 03:46

      Hi, I'm 23 weeks pregnant and my water broke suddenly, while i travelled for work. Consulted the Obygyn within an hour who carried out an ultrasound and ran several tests for infections, and I'm hospitalised while trying to mature the baby's lungs and preventing labour. From the ultrasound, the amniotic fluid content was at boarder line, but I keep on lossing fluid while lying.
      The most terrifying thing is that I'm at least 7 hours flight away from home and the Obygyn says I'm definitely going to have a preterm baby and even the number 1 hospital in this country is not equipped to receive my baby before 30 weeks. I'm confused as I'm scared not to go into labour during the flight and my insurance doesn't cover medical evacuations.
      Any suggestions?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Sep 2018 - 12:03

      Hi Sieflop,
      We are so sorry to hear about the situation that you are in at the moment. You don't say which country you are in but it would be advisable that you speak to the Drs who are looking after you to see what your options are. It may be possible for you to speak to the baby doctors as well at the hospital who may also have some solutions. As you were away with work, can work be of any assistance to you at this time? Do they provide medical insurance or can your insurance company suggest anything in this situation. In the UK we do have hospitals that can look after babies born before 30 weeks but again depending on where you are in the world it is difficult to make any suggestions to you. Try speaking to the Drs who are looking after you as I am sure that they have had to face this situation in the past. If you need any further advice then please email the Tommy's Midwives directly on [email protected] Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Sieflop (not verified) on 2 Oct 2018 - 22:55

      Hi,
      I succeeded to travel to France within 36 hours of rupture. I'm reassured with the medical follow up. After running all possible tests, i was sent home. I have a midwife come over weekly to monitor baby's heart beat and collect samples for virginal swab culture to check for infection, also I go to hospital weekly to do echography and monitor baby's heart rate. I'm now 28 weeks pregnant and I'm praying my little man hangs in there, because he is safer here.
      I had an appointment with the pedatrician, who was very excited that I have crossed the high risk primmie stage of less than 28 weeks. The approximate weight of the baby is 1.5kg which is also on the high side, for a gestational age of 28weeks.
      I'll keep you updated.

    • By Lorna (not verified) on 30 Aug 2018 - 22:39

      Positive story - I was admitted at 25 + 3 with little bleeding and later discharged when bleeding stopped. 2 days later (25+5) I woke to find more bleeding returned to hospital and by the time I was reviewed bleeding had settled so waited a few hours (was waiting for sr to discharge me) when I stood up and felt a gush and trickle down my leg. Told midwife who immediately ushered me into a room and checked pad. Then things became serious 2 midwives felt my waters had ruptured and they had bleeped the dr. They told me I needed examined as it was my 2nd baby they needed to check if my cervix had dilated. The examination showed I was 1-2 cm dilated. Long story but there were no neo-natal beds avail. So they we going to fly me hundreds of miles away but I refused (wasn’t thinking straight and I had a 2 year old at home!). They gave me steroid injections for baby and that was the start of 2 weeks in hospitals daily bloods, swabs, scans, CTG’s and bed rest. Eventually all settled and I was discharged on condition of weekly swabs, bloods and scans. I was admitted 3 further times during my pregnancy and on more than 1 occasion was planned for c-section but little man decided he was happy where he was and they let me go until 38 wks and he was born by c-section weighting 7.10lbs. I’m not going to lie it was horrendous and from 25 wks I was basically in bed rest with a toddler! There were a few occasions I just wanted him out (when we were over critical period) but thankfully it all worked out well for us but I know others are not so fortunate. Long story but hopefully it gives some of you hope, best wishes!

    • By Sky (not verified) on 28 Aug 2018 - 00:45

      I'm currently admitted to the hospital at 26 weeks, I've had a rupture since around 18 weeks I guess. Doctors are very skeptical of the chances of my babys survival, but everything looks entirely perfect other than little to no fluid. I've had the steroid shots, and am now on my third antibiotic to prevent infection. Very active baby, very strong heart beat. All the doctors keep saying is that my baby probably wont survive and it's awful to only hear the bad news. They dont know why I ruptured or even exactly when as i hadn't even noticed i had a rupture until an ultrasound around 21 weeks. I had a miscarriage a little over a year ago and it destroyed me, now I'm worried because if I lose this baby after delivering, I might not be able to recover mentally. Any suggestions on how to stay positive when no one wants to give me even a shred of hope of taking my baby home?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Aug 2018 - 14:40

      Hi Sky,
      i am very sorry to hear what a difficult experience you've been having.
      You're doctors and midwives will be trying to help support you as best they can, in preparing you for any of a number of situations. I know you feel like there is a lot of negativity there, but they have to inform you of all of the risks that are possible. But it does not mean that they will necessarily happen to you and your baby. It might be easier if you give us a call for a chat - we are here Mon to Fri 9 am to 5 pm on 0800 0147800
      I have everything crossed for you. Tommy's Midwife

    • By Tracy (not verified) on 11 Sep 2018 - 00:03

      Please find the support charity little heartbeats on Facebook. This support network has been amazing during my pregnancy and beyond with Pprom.
      They also will send you a support pack.

    • By Amy (not verified) on 13 Sep 2018 - 06:50

      Your baby has a very strong chance of surviving. Get on the phone with Mayo and try to find some other hospitals who support doing everything they can to bring your baby home. Not all doctors have the same optimism as others who show 26 weeks is a VERY viable age and baby can come home healthy.

    • By Ashley (not verified) on 2 Oct 2018 - 18:17

      Hi Sky. I’m currently admitted in the hospital. Have been here since my waters broke at 23 weeks. I am currently going on 29 weeks. They are very hopeful that baby will be fine. There are definitely risks that come with having a preterm baby, or having a baby that had low fluid. But, I really feel they should be preparing you for ALL outcomes. The NICU where I am come every week to update me on what a baby at that week would need, as far as support. I just wanted to encourage you to keep your head up. I wish you all the best.

    • By Charl (not verified) on 4 Oct 2018 - 13:13

      Hi,if it’s any help I had a tear at 20 weeks and was told my baby wouldn’t survive.
      I was determined to keep him and was put on strict bed rest.I managed to re-build my fluid only to start leaking again at 30 weeks.
      At this point I was admitted to hospital for a month to be monitored.The dr wanted a minimum of 34 weeks.I made it to 36 weeks and then there was infection and my boy was delivered by c-section.
      He is now a healthy 9 year old and thriving.
      I am hoping my story gives someone hope and strength as I know how anxious the days can be

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Oct 2018 - 16:45

      Thank you Charl,
      This is a truly inspiring message. Thank you for taking the time to post and we wish your and your 9 year old son all the best for the future. Take care.

    • By Alizeh Korimbux (not verified) on 26 Oct 2018 - 15:35

      Hi everyone, my water broke when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I was at home, I felt a gush and when I went I went to the bathroom there was some clear liquid on my sanitary pad. I just thought it was just a discharge and decided to just rest. During the night I felt the gush again while lying down. I woke up in a panic and googled it. I read that it was normal so I didn't worry. I only started to worry when it happened again in the morning. I went to the hospital to have it checked out and they confirmed that my water was broken. The doctor advised me to have a termination. I was devastated. I didn't want to to terminate my pregnancy. They kept me in for a coupe of days to monitor baby and me. I went home after 2 days and had complete bed rest and had to go to the hospital twice a week to check for infection. From 20weeks to 30 weeks I leaked on and off. I would leak mostly at night. I would be worried everyday. I prayed a lot while I was in bed. And God has answered my prayer. I little boy was born at 30weeks and 3 days by an emergency c section. He was very poorly when he was born but he was doing well with all the treatment he was getting. He is now big 10 months old baba with a very good health. So don't lose hope whoever is going through the same situation. Keep praying and everything will be fine. Sorry if I've bored you all with my long story but I thought my story will give hopes to a lot of mums out there. Good luck!

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Oct 2018 - 12:02

      Hi Alizeh
      Thank you for sharing your story with everyone :)
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Adriennne (not verified) on 16 Nov 2018 - 21:52

      Alizeh, your story gives me hope for my daughter. Her water broke at 20 weeks 4 days. Three doctors advised that she terminate the pregnancy. My daughter opted to wait it out. It happened this past Tuesday. We've past the 72 hour point of triggered labor, although she did have some mild cramping last night. No cramping today and the baby was moving around a bit. Some water came out last night and this morning. Not much though. I told my daughter to continue drinking plenty of fluids which will help the baby produce amniotic fluid. I told her to talk to her baby and express love so that the baby fights to stay alive. We pray every day asking God for mercy, grace, no infection, and good health for mother and baby. I know I am supposed to trust God, and I do! But, as a mother I am on pins and needles watching my daughter cling on to the little life inside her, as this is her first child. I am very optimistic and hopeful. Today, my daughter is 21 weeks. I feel like my grand baby is going to make it.

      Thanks for posting your story. It is really encouraging to read that someone else was in the same situation and made it! Best of blessing to you and your baby.

    • By Sivania (not verified) on 17 Aug 2018 - 00:37

      My water Broke Tuesday I am 28 weeks pregnant there giving me antibiotics n steroids shots for baby lungs anyone been thru this?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Aug 2018 - 10:31

      Dear Sivania
      I am so sorry to hear about your waters breaking early - I hope you are getting lots of care and support.

    • By Steph (not verified) on 18 Aug 2018 - 11:48

      Hi Sivania,
      Sorry to hear about your waters breaking early. The exact same thing has happened to me. My waters broke about 5pm ok Thurs 16 Aug. I was then 29+5. I was told to come into hospital where they confirmed my waters had broken and ever since I’ve been on drips and had the 2 steroid injections in my leg (drip for babies brain and steroids for babies lungs) I’ve also been taking a course of antibiotics to prevent an infection (still unsure if I have one) I’ve been told that I won’t be leaving hospital until my little girl is born. The midwife told me there’s been quite a few cases of waters breaking early at the minute and they are unsure why. I was also told 28+ there’s a 90% of everything being fine so try not to worry you are in the best hands. They will do everything they can for your baby.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Aug 2018 - 15:05

      Hi Steph, I hope you have found our website useful. At nearly 30 weeks there is an excellent chance that your baby will do very well. Thank you for supporting the previous comment, it is helpful for pregnant women everywhere to know they are not alone and have reassuring comments.
      Take good care of yourself, Tommy's midwives

    • By Mesha (not verified) on 18 Aug 2018 - 17:09

      Hi , my water broke at 17 weeks. I’m now 30 weeks. They’ve given steroid shots and antibiotics while in the hospital..And everything seems to be okay as of now.Just keep faith ❤️

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Aug 2018 - 15:26

      Hi Mesha, As with the previous comment, thank you for taking the time to support others and we wish you all the best for a healthy happy baby now. Take care x

    • By Sue (not verified) on 29 Aug 2018 - 21:32

      Hi mesha

      Can i please ask how long you had to stay in the hospital after your water broke.

      All the best

    • By Marisa (not verified) on 2 Oct 2018 - 03:06

      I am currently 21wks pregnant my water broke at 19wks I am on bedrest at home until 24wks praying we make it. Can you tell me when they gave you steroids how many weeks you were? They won’t give them to me now .

    • By Maloni (not verified) on 23 Aug 2018 - 12:55

      Yes I am going through this right now at 26 weeks baby is fine so am I they want to keep me Pregnant for 34 weeks ideally but we'll see how everything goes

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Aug 2018 - 16:14

      Hi Maloni, Thank you for your comment. We hope that all is well and if we can offer you any support at this time then please email [email protected] Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Ada (not verified) on 18 Sep 2018 - 22:04

      My water broke @ 17 weeks .. just like that , was hospitalized and all the tests carried came out negative from infections..pls what could be the cause?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Sep 2018 - 10:03

      Sorry Ada, Sometimes it isn't possible to know the cause. If all the tests have been negative, you may never know the reasons. Please keep well and we hope you gain some support from the many comments here. Best wishes

    • By Agi (not verified) on 12 Aug 2018 - 20:35

      Hi, just wanted to share the story of my previous pregnancy. My water broke unexpectedly at week 19. The ultrasound showed almost no water left. We saw our baby girl on the images and she was perfect. She held on for 5 days when finally she was born. Even though I was filled with fear of trauma for the future, I decided to give birth to her instead of her being crushed by vacuum. Our pain was indescribable. We were not prepared for something like this. All we knew is that the first trimester is risky but after that nobody really expects anything to go bad. What felt infuriating and left us entirely helpless is that the doctors couldn’t tell what happened, they basically said “bad luck”. In that state one seeks answers but there were no answers, no consolation. What gave us strength in those weeks and months was that we trusted the Universe to know why this happened and we prayed to our baby girl to send us another soul from the stars. I got pregnant exactly on the first anniversary of losing her and now I have a son named Orion. I was scared through the first phase of the pregnancy and started breathing more freely only around week 26. It is extremely difficult to let go of the fears but I am one of many many women who had perfectly healthy subsequent pregnancies after losses like this. So all you grieving mothers out there, be strong and have faith. You will have your rainbow baby soon!

    • By Alexa (not verified) on 26 Aug 2018 - 23:47

      I was 16wks when my water broke, I was admitted for 2days but my baby gave up after 24hrs and that's how I lost my precious gift from God, it's very painful ,it's exactly one month, I want to try again after 3months, thanks for sharing

    • By Shanel (not verified) on 5 Aug 2018 - 01:31

      My water broke at 23 weeks. I was in the hospital gettung steroids to help develop my little mans lungs faster. I developed an infection at 25 weeks, the Dr advise me that the chances of was baby surving was very low and they needed to do a C-section asap. Unfortunately my little man didnt make it. The pain of lossing him never goes away. I am so scared to try again.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Aug 2018 - 10:40

      Hi Shanel, We are so sorry to hear this and hope that you gain some support from reading our stories. If you need to talk we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm on 0800 0147 800. Take good care of yourself. Best wishes Tommy's midwives x

    • By Charlotte (not verified) on 11 Oct 2018 - 12:59

      You will be fine trying again I lost my baby at 42 weeks I had a stillborn .. you should never give up hope I lost her last year the pain will never go away and u will never forget them either I am no 33 weeks pregnant and the pain is with me everyday and the worry but we are strong enough to do it again .. never give up hope i didn't and she will always be with me

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2018 - 14:25

      Hi Charlotte, Thank you for sharing your story.
      We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious baby, you give out such a positive message to other women to not give up hope and that is really important. We hope that everything is going well in your pregnancy and if we can offer you any support then please contact the Tommy's Midwives on [email protected] or call Monday to Friday 9am-5pm 0800 0147 800. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

    • By Felly (not verified) on 13 Jul 2018 - 10:06

      I had episodes of bleeding from the start of my pregnancy.. I wore a panty liner/ pad everyday..At 18 weeks I was told I had close to no amniotic fluid. At 20 weeks my amniotic fluid was totally gone and was advised to terminate. I refused and held on to my baby. At 24 weeks I had preterm labour and selfdelivered my baby girl with no complications. Baby Sphe survived 4days in NICU & we lost her. I still live with the pain, proud that I fought for my baby but wonder what really went wrong with this pregnancy.. #BlessAllWomen

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Jul 2018 - 12:42

      Dear Felly,
      So sorry for your loss. I hope that you find some comfort reading our website but understand that you may never know the reasons for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. You may find our campaign #togetherforchange helpful. Best wishes x

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