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 Sam (not verified) on 16 Apr 2020 - 22:27

      Hi I am 17 weeks pregnant I have to same problem there is a little bit of water left they told me today I’m scared what happened after was baby ok

    • By Ayanda Abisola ... (not verified) on 10 Dec 2019 - 05:39

      Hello, good morning, am 21weeks 6days my water broke on Saturday, by 4:00pm, and on Sunday I went to the hospital and at the hospital I felt something under me and I was told it's my baby's cord is out and my baby's heart bit is 174, he was ok, so I ask if they could save my baby and they said no, that they have to induce me. So I was induced by the time my baby was out he was dead, so my question is this was there any way they could have save my boy.

    • By Yesica Miranda (not verified) on 28 Dec 2019 - 17:58

      I know how you feel.. I have the same question i feel like they could’ve safe my baby but didn’t do it. My water broke at 20 weeks and i had to be induced as well and lost my baby.

    • By Giao (not verified) on 20 Jan 2020 - 19:11

      I got PPROM on 27 Dec at 20 weeks, induced 5 days later and lost my baby. I had not known about early water break when it happened to me, I was confused and heartbroken when doctor told me that I had zero amniotic fluid and couldn’t keep the baby. It’s been 20 days and I miss him so much. It’s hard to share this with anyone around me, even with my husband.

    • By Hellen (not verified) on 5 Jan 2020 - 20:16

      Am so sorry about your experience. I went through slightly the same thing. My water broke at 24 weeks, so I was hospitalized for a few days with treatment that am not so certain of but am sure it included shots to prepare the baby’s lungs( since they were obviously still young) and other things. But anyway, my doctor told me of induction n emergency c section. He told me the risks for both but mainly that if I had induction, chances are high the baby will not make it because I had already lost all the water. So I chose c section and with very a good NICU team, my baby is now almost 2 yrs

    • By Antara (not verified) on 9 Dec 2019 - 03:16

      I am 26 weeks pregnant and suddenly felt last night my underwear is smelling different and damp with some fluid.
      After 2hours it happened again.my baby movement is ok now.and last 10 hours no fluid or dumpness was happened.i m leaving in uk but currently I am in turkey .what should I do?
      My return flight is after four days

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Dec 2019 - 15:30

      Hi Antara,
      Are you wearing a pad? is it possible this could be a urine leak?
      If you are concerned you should go to a hospital in Turkey to get checked out. Best wishes

    • By Eunice (not verified) on 23 Sep 2019 - 15:01

      My water broke this morning am 17weeks and 2days will my baby survive but am not having any labour pain, am still in the hospital but they are not tell me anything. I need ur help now. Tell me what to do thanks

    • By Stef (not verified) on 24 Sep 2019 - 16:00

      The same happened to me in the night Saturday to Sunday so I felt compelled to reply.

      In the night of Saturday to Sunday my waters broke at 15weeks while asleep. - I'd just become full time at work and defo overdid it at work on Friday and Saturday (or am I jyst trying to find excuses for what happens?) - After that followed a rushed trip to hospital. There the wait for answers and a scan was escrutiating. My waters were gone I was told after physical examination so I prepared for the worse. Then the scan reveiled that there was enough fluid in amniotic sac and that baby was fine! So I was sent home with antibiotics and a sick note for work, confused and emotional but relieved.
      So far I feel fine and baby gave plenty of kicks in the afternoon to my delight and still again today.
      So I want to tell you to hang in there. The hospital staf don't know much at this stage and as the sonographer said to me the machine won't tell the future but take every minutes of everyday as it comes. I wish you all the best. Warm hugs xxx

    • By Melg (not verified) on 4 Oct 2019 - 21:42

      Hey just wanted to let you know my story to help you with yours. ..so at 17weeks 3 days my waters had broken on my u/s my doc told me there was very lil amniotic fluid around baby I was in tears for the rest of the scan...we was then refered to a fatal specialist who then told us that it is a risky situation but from his scan there was less fluid there but In a realistic point he cannot promise anything with less fluid the baby's lungs won't develop properly ...they gave us the option to terminate the pregnancy before 23weeks and maybe try again fresh after a few months...but I couldn't because I still saw and heard a heart beat ...that was my baby...I went back to my doctor and i was ready emotionally for anything but I was going to give my baby a fighting chance .I was then admitted on full bed rest on the 4th of July 2019 and today marks 3 months exactly for my hospital bed rest stay...i am still draining fluid but I'm being monitored closely, my baby's heart beat reading is told to be one of the most stongest In the ward...I'm almost full 31weeks now and just taking 1 day at a time ...baby will be born prematurely and will go to NICU but he has a good survival rate than at 17weeks ...I'm glad I gave my baby a chance and I can't wait for him my little fighter...so from my point ladies it's a fight ..yes it's a very emotional situation but we are strong ...trust me spending 3 month in hospital on bed rest is no joke i even had my other childs birthday party in my hospital room beacuse i am on bed rest but all you need to remember is why you doing it ...I have made a family here at the hospital and all my nurses can't wait to see my baby as well ...Be strong ladies it ain't over yet

    • By Iome (not verified) on 6 Nov 2019 - 14:55

      Hi Mel, my waters have gone at 21 weeks and three says. Doctor has said to me that there is hardly any fluid around my baby. Heart beat and everything still ok. I’m scared as they said my baby might be born with tight limbs and breathing problems. I hope she holds on until 23/24 weeks so she’s has a better chance of surviving

    • By Sobha (not verified) on 19 Nov 2019 - 12:15

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
      I am at 28 week and water leak started this morning and in hospital now.
      Doctor asked to wait 2 days, gave half dose of steroid and antibiotics.
      There may be a chance of reseal the sack itseems. Please share any information

    • By Ann Bass (not verified) on 12 Dec 2019 - 16:54

      Hi, Where do you live? I wish there was care here like you have received.
      My daughter's water broke on Monday and she is 22 weeks and 3 days today, Thursday. They discharged her this morning saying that they dont do anything for a baby prior to 23 weeks. She is diagnosed with Vaginosis and Trichomonis and as you know infection is not what you want. They had her on IV and when they threw her out today they gave her nothing. She is also BiPolar among other things. I cant believe that this Dr. Had the nerve to tell us that they were not a Hotel.

    • By Kathryn (not verified) on 12 Apr 2020 - 09:56

      Wow see i think that you should have put in a complaint about that doctor.
      They are not all like that but having mental health as well that is not what you want to hear from anyone!

    • By Shelley (not verified) on 16 Dec 2019 - 03:43

      My water broke at 19w6d with no fluids left at all and I was admitted in hospital at 23w 11-9-19 I have been in hospital for 1mo,6days. I am now The goal is to make it to 34w and then deliver that day. I’m now 28w1d 12-15-19. I was wandering if you have had your baby If so how are things going? I pray all is good please update me thanks

    • By Parrish Marshall (not verified) on 27 Mar 2020 - 04:45

      Just checking cause I’m Going Through Something Similar Hows Your Baby?

    • By Curtneka (not verified) on 8 Apr 2020 - 18:23

      This is so encouraging to read. How is your baby now?

    • By Fathima (not verified) on 11 Sep 2019 - 11:04

      Hi I am 21.and 5 days
      Weeks my water bag breaks At night around 1.30 am...
      I got a ultra sound from da doctor
      But he told me not to keep any expectation!!!but tha baby is moving!!!there Is a heart beat!!!
      But i was Ok!!!stopped leaking but again it gushes down in my pads!!
      I feel scary and nervous!!
      Please help!!

    • By Dominique (not verified) on 15 Sep 2019 - 09:57

      Im sp sorry to hear that but atay atrong they are people like you and me they said my babies are infected and would die and i knew it wasnt true i just felt in my gut and my swabs came clear ...i was ok 2 weeks later im 23 weeks almost there...the care increases when yoir 24 weeks because chances increases...

    • By T (not verified) on 11 Sep 2019 - 00:41

      My wife went to hospital she's 36 weeks, Friday she well be 37 week but now the water broke on Sunday, doctors what to induce labor which is stressing me out, please help

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Jul 2019 - 07:59

      lm already35weeks and my waters have broken what shouldl do

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jul 2019 - 09:40

      Please go to your local hospital. Once your waters have broken, you and your baby are at risk of infection.
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Stormy (not verified) on 16 Jul 2019 - 17:19

      I have had 2 miscarriages my was 2011 I was 19 weeks and my water broke. My second one was in 2018 I was 22 weeks and my water broke. I have pcos and irregular periods. What are my chances of getting pregnant and it surviving?

    • By Brandy (not verified) on 25 Sep 2019 - 16:03

      You can carry a baby to full term but will need a cerclage ( stich) to keep the pregnancy. Please talk to someone In maternal fetal medicine.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 Jul 2019 - 05:30

      I was 17 week pregnant wen my water broke at night we went to hospital and they said since there is no fluid my baby wouldn’t be able to survive Nd they delivered baby but my baby’s heartbeat was there till last time I feel so guilty as if my child wanted to say that he wanted to live and I couldn’t help him I feel kind of I m responsible for not having him . It was my first child

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Aug 2019 - 12:00

      Did your baby survive? I'm on the same boat.

    • By Miskey (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 03:13

      I sit here with my water broke at 21 weeks and I felt your message and I'm sorry for your loss.
      Please do not feel guilty. I know that Doctors can be very aggressive at this moment and are trying to prevent harm to the mom. They make it seem as if that's the only best option, so that is what one decides to do.
      The fact is that there are precautions and risks and making that decision prevented that. Sometimes things happen and we do not know why nor do we understand but we cannot and must not feel guilty when are put into such a difficult situation. God bless,

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 14:34

      I lost my baby girl at 17 weeks too, just Tuesday. It's the worst thing I've ever experienced, I can't stop crying. I was told that I have a leakage due to ruptured membrane, I was also bleeding but when the baby came the sac was still sealed but the fluid colour was brown she was very much still alive. She was my 1st baby too. I don't know how I'm going to get over this.

    • By sophia (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 16:18

      The same thing has happened to me few weeks ago.this is the sixth pregnancy, but its the third one I have lost die to prom. My water broke at 19weeks but she stayed alive Until 20 weeks. Third time I have to go through this and its harder than ever. I still can't be give any answers as to why I keep loosing and now I'm scared to try again. Has anyone else experienced this much loss. Its heartbreaking.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Sep 2019 - 08:51

      Remain strong.i just had the same experience at 16weeks and also my first child.
      Don't worry more are coming

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Nov 2019 - 23:40

      This is exactly what happened to me, I feel so guilty like I never gave my baby a fighting chance. I gave up to soon. It's only been 3 days since I lost my baby and I'm finding it so hard to fall asleep. Is it possible for me to fall pregnant right away or should I wait just a little longer

    • By funmilayo (not verified) on 6 Nov 2019 - 16:39

      i lost my baby at 34 weeks. my water broke at 20 weeks but i manage to carry it till 24 weeks then the baby legs was out i was rush to emergency after c-section the baby die after few hours because i was told the baby had develop infection and if the baby survive he will have brain damage its the hardest decision for me and my husband to let go of the baby. im just hanging up hoping to try again when im heal from the wond.

    • By Anna (not verified) on 27 Nov 2019 - 12:49

      Hi there,
      My exact same situation, at 17 weeks my waters broke, they kept me in hospital for a week for a chance to reseal but after a week nothing changed, no liquid at all and they said no chance at all, just risk of infection and death... so I was induced, Injave the same feelings as you, so guilty and regretful... it’s a horrible pain.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 28 Nov 2019 - 18:53

      Same happened to me at 22 weeks. I went to doctor after I had Water leakage. But she was not present in the hospital and when I consulted her on ph even knowing that I was diabetic she said that it may be a white discharge and it's common. And she called me day after tomorrow.After seeing the anamoly scan which was done before leakage she said everything was fine. As she checked me the very same moment she said that I was having water leakage. She sent me to maternity cabin n I had an ultrasound where I saw my baby so active. But due to my leakage they injected me for inducing pain n I gave birth to my daughter who was no more. I lost my baby who was coming to me after 6 yrs due to carelessness of the doctor. Baby was weighing 436 gms.

    • By Jaya (not verified) on 7 Dec 2019 - 18:18

      I'm so sorry for u, I'm now going thru same phase... I was pregnant after marriage of 2 n half year in aug 2019 , my husband was so so happy but in 9 Nov night my water broke and immediately taken to hospital till than bleeding was there.... And after 3 hour I lost my baby n still around 1 month some spotting is coming from my vagina.... Can't wait to ttc again.....n it really hurts I'm totally broken from inside....God plz make me mummy soon

    • By Melg (not verified) on 7 Jul 2019 - 20:50

      Omg I have read every1z comments I thought I was alone ...I just found out i am 17weeks pregnant and on my first scan my obs/gynae told me my water hard broken currently on bed rest and scan shows baby's heart best is strong but I have this fear ....out what's going to happen is my baby going to be ok

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Aug 2019 - 12:02

      Did your baby survive? I'm on the same boat

    • By Lynn haake (not verified) on 28 Aug 2019 - 07:51

      Just had cesarean at 6 months cuz of Pprom

    • By AB (not verified) on 5 Jul 2019 - 23:29

      I am pregnant with twins, I had my cervix open and was stitched back. This morning my water broke and it happen and the licking was from Baby A.Though she still have some fluid. What do I do to keep moving. Thanks

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Sep 2019 - 20:33

      Wat happened in the same boat

    • By AB (not verified) on 5 Jul 2019 - 23:03

      I am pregnant with twins, I had my cervix open and was stitched back. This morning my water broke and it happen and the licking was from Baby A.Though she still have some fluid and Baby B is still intact with the water. Right now am believing God for a supernatural protection over them until 37weeks.

    • By Hendrina (not verified) on 20 Jun 2019 - 21:49

      My water broke four day's ago. I'm now at 31 weeks. Im in the hospital for monitoring and receiving antibiotics, strictly bed rest and drinking more water. How are my baby survival chances because they will take him out at 34 weeks?. And any food recommended?

    • By Stefani (not verified) on 1 Jul 2019 - 18:30

      My water broke also at 30 weeks and I am here at the hospital till I reach 34 wks. If you don’t have no restrictions on your diet you can eat anything you want just void raw or uncooked meat/fish

    • By Kayla (not verified) on 30 Aug 2019 - 10:45

      I'm also in the same situation but my water broke when i was 27 weeks,now im at 28+
      I was given antibiotics for the past 8 days and now I was told to stop,now I'm really worried because I was told that the reason I'm being given antibiotics is to prevent infections,so now my question is 'Am I not gonna get them now as I'm no longer taking antibiotics'?

    • By Mimi (not verified) on 27 Sep 2019 - 01:48

      Kayla my water also broke at 27 weeks. The antibiotics are to help prevent infection but can only be given for a short period just as the magnesium. It is not long term and after two weeks they can be given again. Hope this help and good look. You at not alone.

    • By Dc (not verified) on 13 Jun 2019 - 11:25

      I am on baby number 3, and pregnancy number 5. But I wanted to pray for you all and also give you some hope. My son who is now a healthy 7 yr old was my 2 Nd pregnancy after an early miscarriage with him my waters broke at 30 weeks no infection but mixed advise to induce after a scan it was also confirmed he was extremely small after advice from three different consultant s I decided to take the steroids and go home and rest! I saw a consultant weekly and had baby monitored every couple of days by midwife. I also took my temperature regularly and I naturally went into labour at 33 weeks he was 3lb when born and spent three weeks in neo natal because of the steroids he was born breathing and I got to hold him first because of weight and feeding issues we stayed in hospital till he got to 5 lb. Like I said he is now a healthy 7 year old and is one of the biggest in his class lol! My 3rd pregnancy was miscarriage at 14 weeks no reason just started to bleed. My 4 th pregnancy with my now 18 month old girl I went all the way no complications she was born on her due date but was a flat baby and developed sepsis but after 5 days in hospital came home and has had no complications since. My advice is to try not to worry get as much advice and asked lots of questions never be afraid to ask for a different opinion and somewhat trust that everyone wants the same thing a healthy mum and baby, good luck to you all P.S I must be crazy doing it all again currently 21 weeks with pregnancy number 5 hopefully baby number 3 !!!

    • By Zain (not verified) on 7 Jul 2019 - 18:18

      Had the PPROM my fast baby at six months and lost due to lungs failure.. My question is am already 4 weeks pg and it's now been the sixth month since I lost the other one.. Am scared pls can it happen again?

    • By Mickey (not verified) on 2 Jan 2020 - 05:34

      I have read the many heartbreaking and hopeful stories of mums who love the life within. I wish each and every one of you a blessed future family, and blessings on today's family.

      I have also read that staying well hydrated is key to the possibility that the fluids can be replaced. After 19 weeks steroids can be given to help the baby's lungs form. Having sex at this point is dangerous, so find other ways to "pass the time."

    • By Jessica (not verified) on 9 Jun 2019 - 17:44

      Hi, I had a gush if water with blood 5 days ago. Was told it was heavy discharge and urine and to go home. Something was telling me it wasn’t right. I demanded more tests and turned out my waters are breaking. We have a scan tomorrow to see how much fluid I have lost. I’m hoping to god that I can keep her in for as Long as possible. Am I being silly hoping for this ? Or have people had healthy babies with the same experience ?

    • By Ashley (not verified) on 30 Jun 2019 - 22:41

      Bed rest bed rest No heavy lifting.. I’m currently in the hospital trying to hold my little boy in at least another 5 weeks so he’s got a chance.. hang in their and rest. Praying for you.

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