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?
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:
- have had a premature birth or PPROM before
- have had any vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
- have had any direct trauma to the stomach
- have had cervical surgery or have a short cervix
- have experienced placental abruption before
- have extra fluid around the baby in the amniotic sac (polyhydramnios)
- are pregnant with more than 1 baby.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 normal. Contact 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.
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?
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.
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
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/
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)Hide details
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By R Moss (not verified) on 24 Jan 2019 - 21:49
Please try to not worry. My son was born at 34 weeks. My waters ruptured at 31 weeks and I was induced 3 weeks later. I was absolutely terrified but I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy little boy. He is now 2 and is loving life. You will be fine x
By Dinah (not verified) on 17 Jan 2019 - 02:28
Hi , my water broke at 18wks and 5days ,was advised to go to A&E by the midwife . while been examined water came out again thats when i was admitted to the hospital for further monitoring. An Uhrasound was done and showed no water around the baby and i had no pain even cramps. I was holding for more than 3days as a mother who will try everything for her baby to be ok ,was advised for the pregnancy to be terminated as the infection level was raising. It really broke my heart because , i had a miscarrage about a year a go . Dr's couldn't know what was the cause . It has been 5weeks now after the loss. Sorry for the long story.
By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jan 2019 - 14:52
Dear Dinah - Thank you so much for having the bravery to share your story with us. Our heartfelt condolences to you on your losses. If we can support or help in anyway. please feel free to contact us on our helpline 08000147800 or via email at [email protected],org.
By Dee (not verified) on 23 Jan 2019 - 12:46
My water broke on 21.01.19 at 18 Weeks 5 days. Was told I would most probably miscarry within 48 hours. Sad to say that I am in the process of losing my little as we speak.
By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jan 2019 - 16:45
Hi Dee, So sorry to hear that you are going through such a difficult time. Please get in touch with us via email or telephone if we can be of any further assistance or support. Tommy's Midwife
By Grace (not verified) on 4 Feb 2019 - 06:14
I am so deeply sorry for your loss!
By Prasanna (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 13:49
Hi dear my first miscarriage was at 17 weeks in 2016 water just burst at 4am I was sleeping. We dunno why. 2nd on 2017 8weeks bleeding and it came out by itself. 3rd one 2018 8weeks same thing. But I bled even after for 3 weeks became very weak. 4th one at 2018 again I was 4 weeks than bleeding something came out. But I was still pregnant. Suspect it was twins and I lost one. Gave birth preterm via c sect in Feb 2019. Baby was 35 weeks. I guess all this is for some reason God has plans for us. I know it's really hard. Keep praying. Be positive and kind always. Keep yourself strong. God bless you.
By Mrs faiz (not verified) on 12 Jan 2019 - 10:19
My water broke at 39weeks and for three days today labor hasn't started so what might be the problem and what should I do?
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Jan 2019 - 16:02
Hi Mrs Faiz, In the UK it is policy to induce labour after 72 hours of the waters breaking. I suggest you see your doctor to discuss the option of this.
By Mya (not verified) on 5 Jan 2019 - 06:31
Hey, My water broke at 25 weeks and 4 days I am now 28 weeks. The baby hasnt turned yet but I am still hopeful.
By Mya (not verified) on 19 Jan 2019 - 02:13
I am now 30 weeks ,the baby has turned head down. I am very hopefull. The 6 week hospital stay has not been easy but the nurses are very nice. I am grateful
By Aaliyah (not verified) on 27 Jan 2019 - 08:27
I’ve been going to the restroom every 5 minutes and I am starting to think it’s not pee, what do you think it is??
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 - 14:17
Hi Aaliyah. Please go into your local maternity triage/day assessment unit to be reviewed. You may have a urinary tract infection developing, which will need urgent antibiotic treatment. They will test your urine when you arrive, as well as check you and the baby too. Please be seen as soon as you can. All the best, Tommy's Midwife
By Melissa (not verified) on 2 Jan 2019 - 02:38
My water broke at 19+4 days, however I was hospitalized at 18+5 weeks due to my cervix which had gone from long and closed to short and open within seven days. This is hard because exactly a year ago I was in the same hospital at 19+1weeks because my water broke. I ended up delivering at 21 weeks due to fever and my daughter was too premature. My infection turned into septic shock which became life threatening (spent 3 days in the ICU). At that time they couldn’t tell me what had caused my water to break. During this pregnancy I was closely monitored for infection and I didn’t have one, however after my open cervix was discover an amniocentesis showed I had an elevated white blood cell count and likely infection. They suspect the infection was there before my pregnancy began and the changes to my immune system in pregnancy lead to the infection flaring up. Please have this checked with a uterine biopsy before future pregnancies as it’s heartbreaking to go through this twice. I wish someone had told me to ask for this test before now. Best of luck ladies. (Sorry for the long post)
By Juanita (not verified) on 30 Dec 2018 - 11:41
In May of 2018 my water broke at 21 weeks, i was fortunate enough that my little girl held onto 26 weeks, she was born on the 2nd of july, she had a lot of fighting to do, but she made it, i never googled anything before on how often it goes wrong and im seeing a lot that it does, but posting this i hope i can show people that it can go well. My daughter is nearly 6 months old now and she is as healthy as can be. We never expected she could make it but here she is, so for the mums still going through this, i hope your kids will make it too, for the mums who lost theirs, i hope you can find some comfort eventually, the hardest thing in life is to lose a child.
By Heather (not verified) on 10 Jan 2019 - 16:34
Thank you so much for sharing your story, it really gives me so much hope. I have next to no amniotic fluid left. I turned 25 weeks on Monday. I am praying that I can at least stay pregnant till week 30 if not weel 34 like they are wanting. God bless you guys <3
By Sophie (not verified) on 15 Jan 2019 - 11:33
Hi Heather I'm in the same boat water went at 20weeks and still hanging in there a week later I'm praying that enough fluid is getting in to keep things stable until the doctors can start steroid shots to speed up lung development I wish you all the luck in the world
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Jan 2019 - 15:42
Hi Sophie. Supporting others is incredibly admirable.
We are here if you need any support at this difficult time. You can get us on the helpline 0800 0147800 or on email - [email protected]
We are here Mon to Fri 9 am to 5pm.
All the best, Tommy's Midwife
By Swap (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 11:28
Thanks for sharing. I have the same problem. Now at 21weeks couple days. Have you been admitted into hospital? Or taking care at home? Have they started with any antibiotics or steroids?
By Danielle (not verified) on 18 Feb 2019 - 18:52
This gave me alot of hope my bag broke at 22 weeks and 4 days i am now 23 weeks and 2 or 3 days my fluid levels going down now i was starting to wprry reading ur story has given me some encouragement
By Mama coco (not verified) on 20 Dec 2018 - 15:35
My waters broke at 36 weeks and tbh i didn't know untill my sister told me, "the couch is damped and you couldn't feel it". I replied no thinking my son had sat on it after me when he came back from the pools, it wasn't till a week later i started feeling weak and heavy especially around the mid part of my tummy. When i had my scan this week st 36 weeks 3 days the lady noticed there wasn't any water around baby the first sack had already broken. .if this is the case especially after having 3 previous c-sections and baby number 4 bring 8yrs apart from my last baby is there any chance of having a natural birth or no?.
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 - 16:16
If you have had 3 previous c sections, it is unlikely that you will be advised to deliver vaginally.
By Theresa (not verified) on 13 Nov 2018 - 07:21
All of the written comments gives me HOPE. I'm currently 26 weeks pregnant, I broke my water on my 24th week. I'm still in hospital since then, monitoring blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, any signs of discharge and also infection. I don't know how long I'll be in hospital for but I'm hoping everything goes well and my baby will survive as I have high risk chances of premature labour. Ultra sound and results for my baby are very good no negative comments yet. So fingers crossed, my baby and I will be fine.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Nov 2018 - 16:21
Wishing you and your baby the very best.
By Missy (not verified) on 13 Dec 2018 - 03:50
How long were you able to stay pregnant after water broke?
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Dec 2018 - 15:35
I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time in this pregnancy. At 22 weeks, it is important to try and keep your baby inside you for as long as safely possible, however this can be unknown how long this will be. It is a question of continuing to weigh up risk, as long as the baby is growing and developing and there are no signs of infection then the pregnancy will continue. If there are concerns or signs of infection then it is likely the baby will need to be born.
By Gina (not verified) on 18 Dec 2018 - 02:26
Im exactly in your boat!! Howd it go for you!!?
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
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
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]
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.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Sep 2018 - 12:03
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
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
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.