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.

PPROM infographic

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 Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jan 2017 - 16:19

      Hi there.
      Every baby and every pregnancy is so different! So, this means that yes, some baby's do "beat the odds" and some do struggle. Your midwife and obstetric consultant will be best placed to give you the most reliable information based on your personal medical and pregnancy history. The fact that baby is now 25 weeks is a great achievement, but they are likely to need to discuss many different options and outcomes in each scenario with you so that you can make a choice that you are most comfortable with.
      Good luck with everything!

    • By Rose (not verified) on 26 Jan 2017 - 21:49

      Yes, my water broke at 15 weeks gestation . Only pockets of fluid ( not much at all!! ) I continued on at home after being seen by specialist s. I was home until 25 to 26 weeks. Lasted until the end of 28 weeks. Baby was delivered naturally and weighed in at 3 pounds 12 onzes!!!
      Doctor were worries he would get catch up in the tissue and have bans ( permanent scaring or limb loss.
      He is perfectly healthy you would never know anything was wrong. He does get a bad chest cold whenever he gets sick and always will! But in my and my do tor's option he is a living miracle. Age 11 and gives me grey hairs every day!!!

    • By Patricia (not verified) on 29 Jan 2017 - 12:54

      Hi I read your post about your water breaking at 15 weeks. I've had some leaking from my membrane at 18 weeks and I'm currently on bed rest in the hospital, I was wondering if you have any dos and don'ts seeing as your have a success story. I would very much appreciate any tips you have as I am in need of hope for my twins

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Jan 2017 - 09:39

      Hi Patricia.
      I am sorry to hear that your waters broke at 18 weeks and that you are on bed rest. Unfortunately, we don't have any do's or dont's, other than for you to listen to the advise of your obstetric consultant and midwifery team.
      Bed rest after early rupture of membranes, is the attempt to keep movement to a minimum in order to try to prevent early labour. Often, it is recommended that you raise your hips, waist and legs upwards on the hospital bed with the tilting mechanism of the electric bed, or with pillows etc. Reducing the effects of gravity by elevating your lower half is thought to help in some cases.
      I am sure that your obstetric team have gone through all of the risk factors with you and you are aware of all of the possible outcomes. If you feel that speaking to a midwife would be useful, then please feel free to call us on 0800 0147800 Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm.
      Please take care of yourself and rest up!

    • By Kayla (not verified) on 27 Jan 2017 - 03:05

      My water broke when I was 17 weeks. I'm glad your baby is still alive mine didn't make it. My e- mail is [email protected] I want to know if it's possible for them to survive. Praying for you.
      Sincerely,
      Kayla

    • By Ken (not verified) on 11 Jan 2017 - 20:50

      My water broke yesterday morning. Just wondering since its still early out of curiosity how long do baby usually stay in afterwards before actual labor occurs? I know everyone is diff but teally curious

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Jan 2017 - 10:39

      Hi, it is difficult to be able to predict as you say. When your waters break early you and your baby should be closely monitored and it has to be taken day by day as to how the pregnancy is going. The doctors will try to keep your pregnancy going for as long as possible while the baby is safer inside you then being born. I hope that you have been to the hospital to be monitored and have a care plan in place, if not then please go straight away to be reviewed. Sorry it is not possible to give you a direct answer to your question, as you said, it is different for everyone. Good luck

    • By Kay (not verified) on 4 Jan 2017 - 02:10

      Hi i am 31 weeks and 3days and my water have broke, it started off with small amounts and now its soaking a pad, im at maternity unit now and the injected me with steriods for the baby lungs, my waters are coming out clear and im not having any pains and when they monitored the baby the heart beat and movements came out normal, what are the chances of holding it on for a few weeks because im not in pain at all and they havent found any infection in my urnine just waiting on my bloods and im not having any pains at all.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Jan 2017 - 09:38

      Hi,
      Firstly to be reassured that you are in the right place and being cared for in hospital. I am afraid I am unable to give you a definite answer as they will be taking it day by day weighing up how safe the baby is inside you vs delivering the baby early. You will be monitored regularly for signs of infection and the how well the baby is. Whilst there are no concerns it is safer for the baby to stay inside you, however if there are any concerns then they may induce you and deliver the baby. You may go in to labour naturally however this can happen at any time, it is difficult to say the chances of this happening, I am afraid it is a question of waiting and taking it day by day.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2017 - 16:42

      I am so sorry about your loss. I understand from your message that there was no infection which could have triggered the PPROM. In the UK, the NICE guidelines offer certain recommendations for women who, on transvaginal scan between 16 & 34 weeks, have a cervical length of <25 mm & who have had a previous preterm delivery or pregnancy loss between that gestation. The guidelines state that these women, such as yourself, should be offered either intravaginal progesterone or a cervical stitch. You should arrange a meeting with your Consultant and discuss this with him/her for future pregnancies. Good luck!
      Best wishes Tommy's Midwives

    • By thandi (not verified) on 26 Dec 2016 - 15:14

      hi am 29 am 15 weaks pregnant and my water broke yesterday but am at the hospital they said I must be at bed rest so am so scared cz this is my 5 preg and I've lost all my 4 preg at 17weaks like this so they stitched my womb on the seventh of this month so am so scared pls help me will this 1 survive this but my baby is moving we'll and normal

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Dec 2016 - 14:44

      Hello,

      My waters broke and 18 weeks and sadly I lost the baby. My cervix was closed and long (at the time of rupture), but I had on off spot bleeding and some fluid from 13 weeks which could have been amniotic but at the time I wasn't aware of it . Once my waters broke on internal examinations a polip on the cervix but nothing was really discussed about this. I also had a low lying uterus which may have moved up during pregnancy had it continued. I hadn't smoked/ drunk during the pregnancy and was otherwise healthy.

      There was no trace of infection, and the consulatants could not determine what had caused the rupture.

      I'm very nervous about future pregnancies. Could you please give advice on what can be done to prevent a PPROM in future pregnancies? Doctors just say it is once of those chance things that just happens, but having read online it looks like I am now at a higher risk of it repeating and I want to do everything I can to prevent it

      Kind regards

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jan 2017 - 15:34

      So sorry to read about your miscarriage at 18 weeks. We hope you are beginning to recover and apologies for delayed response. We are closed over Christmas and new year.
      The doctors are correct that there is little that you can do to prevent this but it is known that smoking does increase the risk of pprom. There is also an association with GI tract infection. It may be that you will never know the cause and it is unlikely that you could have changed the outcome. Best wishes to you x

    • By pat (not verified) on 22 Dec 2016 - 07:21

      I noticed a my water broke and I went to my hospital, after staying for 4days I requested to be discharged because of funds and some other things and I'm having enough rest at home as it was in the hospital , ,now the fluid is becoming pinkish..should I go back to the hospital? Pls advice

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Dec 2016 - 10:32

      Hi,
      From your question I am not sure how many weeks' pregnant you are. If you are more than 37 weeks' pregnant then you need to be seen at the hospital to talk about induction of labour if your waters have been broken for several days. Some pinkish in the water can be normal if you are contracting and at the end of your pregnancy, providing you are not having any constant pain and baby is moving well with no bright red bleeding. If you are less than 37 weeks' pregnant I would suggest that you need to go to the hospital for monitoring. Either way I think it is important to contact your hospital for a review.

    • By sandara (not verified) on 26 Apr 2017 - 12:47

      My water break at 34weeks and I go to hospital I spend 3days in d hospital am at home now nd d water is still coming out since 4days now at can I do please I don't want to lose my baby

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Apr 2017 - 16:03

      Hi, I am sorry to hear you are having a worrying time at the moment. Please be aware that babies born at 34 weeks have a very high rate of survival however when waters break early it is usually a balance of how long it is safe to keep the baby inside you vs. risks of prematurity. The doctors should have started you on a course of antibiotics and talk you through signs of infection to be aware of. If you develop any feverish symptoms such as a high temperature, feeling shivery or unwell then you much contact the hospital. Also if you have a concerns about baby's movements or if the waters are not clear but pink, red or green or if the loss becomes offensive smelling. If you are unsure of anything then call your maternity ward to speak to a midwife.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Dec 2016 - 22:32

      Yes if in doubt get checked out, hope all is ok, good luck x

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Dec 2016 - 01:24

      My water break at 16 weeks but now I'm 18mnths can feel baby movements my gynaecologist told me to do check ups after every 2weeks till reach 26weeks water still leaking but not much and sometimes bleeding bt not heavy pinkish one and some pains on abdominal pls help

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Dec 2016 - 09:44

      Waters breaking at 16 weeks means that you and your baby need to be closely monitored. You will continue to loose water as your baby will continue to produce it. If you feel unwell,are concerned about any bleeding becoming heavier, are having abdominal pain, have a temperature of 37.5 and over, or the water becomes unusual or foul smelling, then you need to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Please look after yourself and make sure you stay in close contact with your midwife/doctors.

    • By portia (not verified) on 13 Dec 2016 - 22:37

      hi am 14weeks pregnant and having a greenish discharge . is babby safe?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Dec 2016 - 11:38

      Hi Portia, during pregnancy vaginal discharge increases due to pregnancy hormones and increased blood supply to your uterus and cervix. The discharge should be white or clear and actually prevents infection tracking up to the baby.
      You don't mention if there are any other symptoms with the greenish discharge. If you have any pain when urinating, itching or an unpleasant odour these could signal an infection that needs treatment. It would be a good idea to make an appointment with your GP as if it is an infection this can be treated safely with antibiotics/antifungals to reduce the risk to your baby.
      Please give us a call if you would like to talk in more detail about this on 0800 0147 800 otherwise make a GP appointment today.
      Tommy's Midwives

    • By amanda (not verified) on 25 Nov 2016 - 02:15

      I'm 27 weeks and 2 days and my water broke due to having an unknown std I've bin giving antibotics and the steriods for baby and me they are makin me stay at hospital the whole time untile they induce early labor at 34 weeks,I've bin here for over a week they also told me I was already dilated 2cm,now my backs killing me and my neck,contractions here and there,and the amniotic fluid is now kinda bloody pinkinsh just not bad I'd said more pink,keeps going back and forth darkgolden yellow to pinkish.....what does this mean??? Cause this hospital don't listen

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Nov 2016 - 10:36

      Hi, I am so sorry to hear you are having a difficult pregnancy and must be a worrying time for you. It is good that you are in hospital and being monitored regularly. It is difficult to say exactly what is causing the change in colour in your waters however it could be some 'show' which is bloody mucus released when there is changes to your cervix. Have you told the midwives looking after you about your pains? Be careful to monitor your baby's movements and if you have concerns then tell them straight away. Without your notes and full history it is very difficult to advise you further however when the doctors come to see you, make sure you understand everything they are saying to you, if not ask them to repeat it or explain it further. IF you would like to talk more please email us [email protected]

    • By tanya Lloyds (not verified) on 18 Nov 2016 - 18:37

      My water broke in 7 days what is it

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2016 - 08:47

      Hi, it's a little difficult to know what it is exactly that you are asking. Please contact us on 0800 0147800 to speak to a midwife or email us privately on [email protected]

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Nov 2016 - 09:39

      I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby at 17+ weeks gestation. If you feel it would help to talk to one of us , a midwife is always available to chat from 9am till 5 pm Monday to Friday so feel free to give us a call on 0800 0147 800 or [email protected] Allow yourself time to grieve.

    • By Lavern (not verified) on 22 Nov 2016 - 22:30

      Hi there,i lost my baby on November 11,2016.woke up and water was broke and doctors have to terminate pregnancy because they say no water was their for baby to survived. Am planning on getting pregnant again whats your advice?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Nov 2016 - 13:05

      Dear Laverne
      I am so sorry that you have lost your baby. It is a very personal decision as to when you try again both emotionally and physically. Good support from family and friends and self care is really key.
      It would be best to wait until your bleeding has settled and you have had a normal period. It would also be good to have any blood test results back from the hospital and to make sure that you continue to take folic acid and vitamin D or a preconception multivitamin. Wishing you a future healthy pregnancy.
      Tommy's Midwives

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Nov 2016 - 00:56

      Hi , so oct 28 I started leaking I went to the hospital and told me that my water had broke well not all of it but I'm leaking amniotic fluids not a lot only when I walk a little I was in the hospital for 24 hours & baby seemed fine they wanted me to stay 7 weeks in the hospital for bed rest but I have a 2 year old at home and nobody can watch him so I told them if I can just come home and be in bed rest at home instead they didn't wanna let me go but they understand that I have no one to watch my toddler I'm scared so far baby is moving good I'm leaking a little not a lot & I have an appointment on nov 9 I hope everything goes well and nothing happens to my baby .. I'm scared but I have faith everything will turn out great please pray for me and my baby thank you.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Nov 2016 - 11:17

      You do not say what gestation you are , but once your waters have broken , the hospital normally monitors you closely for signs of infection . They will do weekly bloods and monitor your baby to ensure fetal and maternal well-being and to check for signs of infection. If they are concerned they may suggest inducing you but you need to discuss this with your Consultant. Make sure you let the hospital know if your watery loss changes colour and becomes greenish or blood stained or if it starts to smell offensive . Also make sure you monitor your baby's movements and inform the hospital if they change at all

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 Nov 2016 - 07:04

      I hope and wish everything works out for you. Keep your mind occupied but try(with a toddler..!maybe impossible) Not to overdo it. Best wishes. Justin

    • By Anju (not verified) on 21 Oct 2016 - 20:18

      I am 34 weeks pregnant doctor told me to do complete bed rest other wise I will deliver a baby soon how can I do bed rest

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Oct 2016 - 09:13

      It is a very difficult adjustment, being asked to take bed rest. Some hospitals will admit you for this on the antenatal inpatient ward, others will send you home to do this in your own home for your own comfort. Make sure you get a good supply of activities to help keep you occupied. Take care of yourself and baby!

    • By Asha (not verified) on 18 Oct 2016 - 04:43

      my first prgnency i lost my baby in 24 weeks due to water bag leak and now i having the same problem in 27 weeks but no major leak and doctor advice to have bed rest and keep closer monitoring the baby and me i have no any pains and baby is all right doctor giving me antibotics and do necessary blood checkups do u have any advice regading same

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2016 - 10:47

      Firstly I am so sorry about your loss of your first little one at 24 weeks and completely understand why you think this is going to have the same outcome. However every pregnancy is different and as long as your Doctors are keeping a close eye on you and baby this time, hopefully things will be different. Stay positive and monitor your baby's movements closely. If you feel they are different from what you normally feel, let your doctor or midwife know immediately. Also keep an eye on the color of the water you are losing and let a midwife or doctor know if it becomes blood stained or greenish . Most of all stay positive and every week your little one is inside you the stronger he/she is getting . If you want to have a chat with one of the Tommy's Midwives , you can call us on the Pregnancy Line 0800 0147 800. We are around 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) and we can chat through any concerns which you may have

    • By Crissy (not verified) on 16 Oct 2016 - 18:37

      Hi my water broke at 29 weeks and 4 days! I am now 30weeks and 4days pregnant! I stayed in the hospital for the first 2 days I've received both steroid shots and magnesium in iv. I've received my antibiotics threw my iv successfully. And since I've started my oral antibiotics I had to go home due to me having other children. But I come to the hospital daily for stress tests and daily nst tests for the babies heart rate. But I only have 1 more day of antibiotics to take and of course I'm going to continue to come to get nst tests and stress tests PLEASE GIVE ME A LITTLE ADVICE IM BEYOND NERVOUS

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Oct 2016 - 09:56

      Hi there, it is difficult to comment too much on your care over there in America. Daily CTG traces (in the U.K) or (NST testing in the U.S) is a good way to monitor fetal wellbeing.
      Your Midwives and Doctors will be keeping a close eye on you and baby with these daily visits. Try not to panic, i know this is easier said than done though. It might be a good idea to discuss your full plan of care with your doctor/midwife team in full so that you know every possible plan of action.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Oct 2016 - 23:34

      Hi I want to know if first time water break at 18 weeks can this happen again in next pregnancy???

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Oct 2016 - 14:59

      It is very difficult to be able to give you a definite answer for your question. It depends on if any reason was found as to why your waters broke so early in pregnancy, also depends on your own medical history too. For the next pregnancy you will be under consultant care and they will make a care plan with you and you will be closely monitored. If you would like to talk further please do email us [email protected]

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2016 - 12:08

      Losing a baby is devastating and I am so sorry for your loss. You need to allow yourself time to grieve for your little one, however I can also empathize with the fact that you want to be pregnant again. You conceived before, so there is no problem with you conceiving again, you just need to give yourself time. Regarding how long to wait before trying to get pregnant after a loss, it is usually advised to wait to have your next period first , so timing wise, 5 months is fine, it may just take time emotionally too . Please feel free to contact one of the Tommy’s Midwives on 0800 0147 9800 to help you talk through this difficult time

    • By crystal (not verified) on 11 Oct 2016 - 02:22

      my water broke at 31weeks 2 days, i immedietley went to the hospital, they gave me injections shots as well as antibiotics. my question is now i am 31 week 4 days on bedrest still in hospital , being monitored. will my baby be still born all this waiting until shes born? will I run out of fluid? im just nervous and scared, dr said at 34 weeks if i can hold off he will indouce. what are the chances of me actually going into labour on myown?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2016 - 16:27

      The treatment you are getting is perfectly correct at the hospital you are attending. The steroid injections are to mature your baby's lungs and the iv antibiotics are to protect your baby and you from infection once your waters go at such an early gestation. They will be taking regular blood tests to ensure there is no infection in the womb as well as regular scans to check the amniotic fluid level in the womb. The fluid constantly regenerates itself but is dependent on how much you are losing on your pad. Your baby is better off in the womb as long as there is no infection there, rather than being outside until around 34 weeks. It may be an idea to ask to look around SCBU to see what a 32 week gestation baby looks like . Hopefully this would help to alleviate some of your concerns too. It can be scary, but it is less scary when you have all of the information & can ask all the questions you want before your baby is born. Good luck:)

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 Oct 2016 - 01:31

      please what should i do?

    • By Alycia (not verified) on 5 Oct 2016 - 06:43

      Hi my eater broke At 18 Weeks I'm currently 25 Weeks and 4 days I was beening greater at the hospital but had to leave because of other problem with my other kids is this safe I had no other choice what can I do to prevent from having any danger happen to my unborn help please !!!

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Oct 2016 - 16:10

      Hi Alycia, what a stressful situation for you. Please stay in close contact with your hospital and your obstetric team so that you have a clear agreed care plan for you and your baby.
      Any bleeding, signs of infection, change in your baby's movements or abdominal pain or pressure in your pelvis would mean calling the hospital and going straight in.
      If you need to talk to a midwife we are here 9-5 pm weekdays on the PregnancyLine 0800 0147 800

    • By Ed (not verified) on 28 Oct 2016 - 05:16

      Hi there my wife's water broke at 17 weeks and one day. The hospital is telling us all we can do is wait. I see your comment about 18 weeks making it to 25 weeks do you think it's possible for us to?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Oct 2016 - 09:39

      Hello,
      So sorry to hear what an anxious and stressful time you and your wife must be going through. For waters to break so early in pregnancy is extremely difficult and I am afraid a lot of it is watching and waiting. It is important to try and take each day as it comes and see how far in the pregnancy you can get, there is a chance that this can be for a few weeks or longer but it is very important to have regular checks with the hospital to ensure mum and baby are well.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Nov 2016 - 07:26

      Hi baby passed away on the 11/11/2016.he was 17 weeks and 5 days i woke up and water broke and unfornately my pregnancy was terminated because baby could not survived without water,hope all goes well with you.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Sep 2016 - 16:45

      I am 29 weeks pregnant and have been having small amounts of discharge. It's not urine and smells quite distinctive, almost sweet or like laundry. Baby is moving normally although my bump is small. Is this something I need to get checked out?

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