Your unborn baby lies in an amniotic sac of fluid or ‘waters’. ‘Waters breaking’ means that the sac has ruptured or broken. Your waters normally break around the time labour is due but in around 2% of pregnancies they break early for various reasons (see below).
If your waters break before your baby has reached full term (37 weeks), the medical name for it is preterm prelabour rupture of the membranes, or PPROM. If this happens early, before the contractions start, it can (but does not always) trigger early labour.
This page deals with waters breaking early before 37 weeks. Read here about what to expect when your waters break AFTER 37 weeks.
Have my waters broken early (PPROM)?
If your waters have broken early, you will experience it as a trickle or a gush of water from your vagina. It is likely to continue leaking once it has started If it isn't too heavy you can use a sanitary towel to catch it. This will also allow you to see what colour it is, which will be helpful information for health professionals. It may be pinkish if it contains some blood, or it may be clear. If it greenish or brown go to the maternity unit as soon as possible. If it is heavy, you may need to use a towel.
Phone your maternity unit immediately for advice.
What are the risks if my waters break early (PPROM)?
If your waters break early the risks and treatment are dependent on the stage of pregnancy you are at.
- You are at risk of going into labour prematurely – the health risks for the baby of early birth are greater the younger they are.
- If you do not go into labour, you and the baby are at risk of infection.
The doctors have to balance these two considerations. If the waters have broken because of infection, you and the baby have a high risk of getting the infection and you may need to deliver sooner to prevent this.
If the waters have broken but there is no infection currently present, you and the baby are still at risk but the immediate risk is lesser and your treatment will depend on your stage of pregnancy.
If you are under 24 weeks of pregnancy and the baby is born, sadly, it is unlikely the baby will survive.
What will happen if my waters break early (PPROM)?
You are likely to have an internal examination. This will allow the doctor to look at your cervix and check:
- if the leaking fluid is amniotic fluid
- if it is changing in preparation for labour
- to check for infection by taking a swab.
You might have an ultrasound scan to estimate the amount of fluid left around your baby.
If only a very small amount of amniotic fluid leaks, it is not always easy to be sure whether your waters have broken.
- You may be advised to wear a pad and stay in hospital for a few hours to monitor the situation.
- If you go home but continue to leak fluid at home, you should return to the hospital again.
If your waters are shown to have broken, you will be advised to come into hospital for at least 48 hours. You and your unborn baby will be closely monitored for signs of infection. This will include having your temperature and pulse taken regularly, and your baby’s heart rate will also be monitored.
Going home from hospital with PPROM
If there is no infection present you may be able to go home. You will be at risk from infection however, and you will need to self-monitor by
- checking that your temperature is normal (37 °C or less) every 4–8 hours
- checking the colour of the fluid does not change by wearing a pad.
You should avoid having sexual intercourse.
Contact your doctor or midwife and return to the hospital immediately if you have:
- a raised temperature (more than 37 °C)
- flu-like symptoms (feeling hot and shivery)
- vaginal bleeding
- if the leaking fluid becomes greenish or smelly
- abdominal pain
- if you are worried that the baby is not moving as normal.
Inducing labour or premature labour with PPROM
If you are past 34 weeks the doctor will weigh up the benefits of inducing labour before the due date to avoid the risk of infection with the disadvantages of being born premature, and may make a recommendation for early delivery.
You may need to stay in a hospital that has a neonatal unit and be monitored carefully for any sign of infection. You may also be treated with antibiotics, corticosteroids and magnesium sulphate (if you are less than 30 weeks) to help prepare your baby in case the are born prematurely.
Over 80% of women who have PPROM deliver their baby within seven days of their waters breaking.
What if there are no waters left in my womb?
Your baby’s amniotic sac has to have the right amount of amniotic fluid for the pregnancy to continue normally. If there is a break in the waters your baby will continue to produce amniotic fluid.
Before 23 weeks, the baby needs ‘waters’ to be present for their lungs to develop normally. Loss of water before this can lead to severe problems with lung development that can be critical after birth. After 23 weeks your baby does not need the amniotic fluid so much, so low levels of fluid may not be a problem in itself, but if the low levels are due to your waters breaking then there is a risk of infection.
Causes of waters breaking early (PPROM)
Intrauterine infection is present in around a third of women with PPROM. In many cases however it happens without any infection being present. The reason for these cases is unclear, however it has been linked to heavy smoking (more than 10 cigarettes a day) in pregnancy
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.
- RCOG (2012) Information for you When your waters break early, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- J David, Steer P et al (2010) High risk pregnancy, management options, Elsevier Saunders
- RCOG (2006) Preterm Prelabour Rupture of Membranes, Greentop guideline 44, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- England MC, Benjamin A, Abenhaim HA (2013) Increased Risk of Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes at Early Gestational Ages among Maternal Cigarette Smokers. Am J Perinatol. 2013 Jan 17
ℹLast reviewed on October 5th, 2016. Next review date October 5th, 2019.
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.
By Amy (not verified) on 13 Sep 2018 - 06:50
Your baby has a very strong chance of surviving. Get on the phone with Mayo and try to find some other hospitals who support doing everything they can to bring your baby home. Not all doctors have the same optimism as others who show 26 weeks is a VERY viable age and baby can come home healthy.
By Ashley (not verified) on 2 Oct 2018 - 18:17
Hi Sky. I’m currently admitted in the hospital. Have been here since my waters broke at 23 weeks. I am currently going on 29 weeks. They are very hopeful that baby will be fine. There are definitely risks that come with having a preterm baby, or having a baby that had low fluid. But, I really feel they should be preparing you for ALL outcomes. The NICU where I am come every week to update me on what a baby at that week would need, as far as support. I just wanted to encourage you to keep your head up. I wish you all the best.
By Charl (not verified) on 4 Oct 2018 - 13:13
Hi,if it’s any help I had a tear at 20 weeks and was told my baby wouldn’t survive.
I was determined to keep him and was put on strict bed rest.I managed to re-build my fluid only to start leaking again at 30 weeks.
At this point I was admitted to hospital for a month to be monitored.The dr wanted a minimum of 34 weeks.I made it to 36 weeks and then there was infection and my boy was delivered by c-section.
He is now a healthy 9 year old and thriving.
I am hoping my story gives someone hope and strength as I know how anxious the days can be
By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Oct 2018 - 16:45
Thank you Charl,
This is a truly inspiring message. Thank you for taking the time to post and we wish your and your 9 year old son all the best for the future. Take care.
By Alizeh Korimbux (not verified) on 26 Oct 2018 - 15:35
Hi everyone, my water broke when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I was at home, I felt a gush and when I went I went to the bathroom there was some clear liquid on my sanitary pad. I just thought it was just a discharge and decided to just rest. During the night I felt the gush again while lying down. I woke up in a panic and googled it. I read that it was normal so I didn't worry. I only started to worry when it happened again in the morning. I went to the hospital to have it checked out and they confirmed that my water was broken. The doctor advised me to have a termination. I was devastated. I didn't want to to terminate my pregnancy. They kept me in for a coupe of days to monitor baby and me. I went home after 2 days and had complete bed rest and had to go to the hospital twice a week to check for infection. From 20weeks to 30 weeks I leaked on and off. I would leak mostly at night. I would be worried everyday. I prayed a lot while I was in bed. And God has answered my prayer. I little boy was born at 30weeks and 3 days by an emergency c section. He was very poorly when he was born but he was doing well with all the treatment he was getting. He is now big 10 months old baba with a very good health. So don't lose hope whoever is going through the same situation. Keep praying and everything will be fine. Sorry if I've bored you all with my long story but I thought my story will give hopes to a lot of mums out there. Good luck!
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Oct 2018 - 12:02
Thank you for sharing your story with everyone :)
By Adriennne (not verified) on 16 Nov 2018 - 21:52
Alizeh, your story gives me hope for my daughter. Her water broke at 20 weeks 4 days. Three doctors advised that she terminate the pregnancy. My daughter opted to wait it out. It happened this past Tuesday. We've past the 72 hour point of triggered labor, although she did have some mild cramping last night. No cramping today and the baby was moving around a bit. Some water came out last night and this morning. Not much though. I told my daughter to continue drinking plenty of fluids which will help the baby produce amniotic fluid. I told her to talk to her baby and express love so that the baby fights to stay alive. We pray every day asking God for mercy, grace, no infection, and good health for mother and baby. I know I am supposed to trust God, and I do! But, as a mother I am on pins and needles watching my daughter cling on to the little life inside her, as this is her first child. I am very optimistic and hopeful. Today, my daughter is 21 weeks. I feel like my grand baby is going to make it.
Thanks for posting your story. It is really encouraging to read that someone else was in the same situation and made it! Best of blessing to you and your baby.
By Sivania (not verified) on 17 Aug 2018 - 00:37
My water Broke Tuesday I am 28 weeks pregnant there giving me antibiotics n steroids shots for baby lungs anyone been thru this?
By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Aug 2018 - 10:31
I am so sorry to hear about your waters breaking early - I hope you are getting lots of care and support.
By Steph (not verified) on 18 Aug 2018 - 11:48
Sorry to hear about your waters breaking early. The exact same thing has happened to me. My waters broke about 5pm ok Thurs 16 Aug. I was then 29+5. I was told to come into hospital where they confirmed my waters had broken and ever since I’ve been on drips and had the 2 steroid injections in my leg (drip for babies brain and steroids for babies lungs) I’ve also been taking a course of antibiotics to prevent an infection (still unsure if I have one) I’ve been told that I won’t be leaving hospital until my little girl is born. The midwife told me there’s been quite a few cases of waters breaking early at the minute and they are unsure why. I was also told 28+ there’s a 90% of everything being fine so try not to worry you are in the best hands. They will do everything they can for your baby.
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Aug 2018 - 15:05
Hi Steph, I hope you have found our website useful. At nearly 30 weeks there is an excellent chance that your baby will do very well. Thank you for supporting the previous comment, it is helpful for pregnant women everywhere to know they are not alone and have reassuring comments.
Take good care of yourself, Tommy's midwives
By Mesha (not verified) on 18 Aug 2018 - 17:09
Hi , my water broke at 17 weeks. I’m now 30 weeks. They’ve given steroid shots and antibiotics while in the hospital..And everything seems to be okay as of now.Just keep faith ❤️
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Aug 2018 - 15:26
Hi Mesha, As with the previous comment, thank you for taking the time to support others and we wish you all the best for a healthy happy baby now. Take care x
By Sue (not verified) on 29 Aug 2018 - 21:32
Can i please ask how long you had to stay in the hospital after your water broke.
All the best
By Marisa (not verified) on 2 Oct 2018 - 03:06
I am currently 21wks pregnant my water broke at 19wks I am on bedrest at home until 24wks praying we make it. Can you tell me when they gave you steroids how many weeks you were? They won’t give them to me now .
By Maloni (not verified) on 23 Aug 2018 - 12:55
Yes I am going through this right now at 26 weeks baby is fine so am I they want to keep me Pregnant for 34 weeks ideally but we'll see how everything goes
By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Aug 2018 - 16:14
Hi Maloni, Thank you for your comment. We hope that all is well and if we can offer you any support at this time then please email [email protected] Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Ada (not verified) on 18 Sep 2018 - 22:04
My water broke @ 17 weeks .. just like that , was hospitalized and all the tests carried came out negative from infections..pls what could be the cause?
By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Sep 2018 - 10:03
Sorry Ada, Sometimes it isn't possible to know the cause. If all the tests have been negative, you may never know the reasons. Please keep well and we hope you gain some support from the many comments here. Best wishes
By Agi (not verified) on 12 Aug 2018 - 20:35
Hi, just wanted to share the story of my previous pregnancy. My water broke unexpectedly at week 19. The ultrasound showed almost no water left. We saw our baby girl on the images and she was perfect. She held on for 5 days when finally she was born. Even though I was filled with fear of trauma for the future, I decided to give birth to her instead of her being crushed by vacuum. Our pain was indescribable. We were not prepared for something like this. All we knew is that the first trimester is risky but after that nobody really expects anything to go bad. What felt infuriating and left us entirely helpless is that the doctors couldn’t tell what happened, they basically said “bad luck”. In that state one seeks answers but there were no answers, no consolation. What gave us strength in those weeks and months was that we trusted the Universe to know why this happened and we prayed to our baby girl to send us another soul from the stars. I got pregnant exactly on the first anniversary of losing her and now I have a son named Orion. I was scared through the first phase of the pregnancy and started breathing more freely only around week 26. It is extremely difficult to let go of the fears but I am one of many many women who had perfectly healthy subsequent pregnancies after losses like this. So all you grieving mothers out there, be strong and have faith. You will have your rainbow baby soon!
By Alexa (not verified) on 26 Aug 2018 - 23:47
I was 16wks when my water broke, I was admitted for 2days but my baby gave up after 24hrs and that's how I lost my precious gift from God, it's very painful ,it's exactly one month, I want to try again after 3months, thanks for sharing
By Shanel (not verified) on 5 Aug 2018 - 01:31
My water broke at 23 weeks. I was in the hospital gettung steroids to help develop my little mans lungs faster. I developed an infection at 25 weeks, the Dr advise me that the chances of was baby surving was very low and they needed to do a C-section asap. Unfortunately my little man didnt make it. The pain of lossing him never goes away. I am so scared to try again.
By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Aug 2018 - 10:40
Hi Shanel, We are so sorry to hear this and hope that you gain some support from reading our stories. If you need to talk we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm on 0800 0147 800. Take good care of yourself. Best wishes Tommy's midwives x
By Charlotte (not verified) on 11 Oct 2018 - 12:59
You will be fine trying again I lost my baby at 42 weeks I had a stillborn .. you should never give up hope I lost her last year the pain will never go away and u will never forget them either I am no 33 weeks pregnant and the pain is with me everyday and the worry but we are strong enough to do it again .. never give up hope i didn't and she will always be with me
By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2018 - 14:25
Hi Charlotte, Thank you for sharing your story.
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious baby, you give out such a positive message to other women to not give up hope and that is really important. We hope that everything is going well in your pregnancy and if we can offer you any support then please contact the Tommy's Midwives on [email protected] or call Monday to Friday 9am-5pm 0800 0147 800. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Felly (not verified) on 13 Jul 2018 - 10:06
I had episodes of bleeding from the start of my pregnancy.. I wore a panty liner/ pad everyday..At 18 weeks I was told I had close to no amniotic fluid. At 20 weeks my amniotic fluid was totally gone and was advised to terminate. I refused and held on to my baby. At 24 weeks I had preterm labour and selfdelivered my baby girl with no complications. Baby Sphe survived 4days in NICU & we lost her. I still live with the pain, proud that I fought for my baby but wonder what really went wrong with this pregnancy.. #BlessAllWomen
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Jul 2018 - 12:42
So sorry for your loss. I hope that you find some comfort reading our website but understand that you may never know the reasons for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. You may find our campaign #togetherforchange helpful. Best wishes x
By Marcia H (not verified) on 20 Jul 2018 - 14:24
Just wanna share about my pregnancy i'm 5months pregnant i lost few water just came out of no-where. I got to hospital admitted just a day, which after i was discharged and sent home. We do abit scanning to see how the baby is doing and i'm not 100% sure they only mention yep few water left but baby still in good condition. Can this be right or do i need to see another doctor???
By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jul 2018 - 14:33
If you would like to call us to discuss this . Our number is 0800 0147 800. I need some more details before I can give any advice. Take care Tommy's midwives x
By Sibbyrose smith (not verified) on 5 Jul 2018 - 08:43
Back last year my waters broke at 24weeks and I was so scared. I was in Bristol South mead hospital for a whole 4 weeks to be monitored on and made sure me in the baby was fine at 28 weeks I got discharged and I went to my local hospital for twice a week until I catch a infection at 33 weeks and 4 days. I had a Cesarean section which went ok and my baby was born at 33 weeks and 5 days then after 24 hours they took me off the antibiotics and I became very ill with severe sepsis and pneumonia I was in Musgrove Park Hospital for three weeks and five days due to the sepsis I had. My baby was fine she was a little fighter. I am now pregnant again at 9 weeks and I'm terrified if my waters are going to break early again or if I'm going to have sepsis again.
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jul 2018 - 15:25
Hi Sibbyrose, Thank you for your comment.
We are so sorry to hear about what you have been through in your last pregnancy, it is understandable that you are worried in a future pregnancy.
As your waters had broken for such a long time this may have been the source of the infection but you also had a caesarean section and ths comes with its infection risks as well. What the Drs and Midwives do know this time is your past experience and they can be prepared for any eventuality.
When you book with the midwife, tell her exactly what happened and she may refer you to the hospital for consultant led care, you may be seen in a specialist premature clinic as well. You should expect closer monitoring in this pregnancy as the Consultant will want to keep the risk of sepsis to the lowest it can be. If you are worried about your plan of care or what to expect then speak to your GP or midwife and they should be able to refer you up to the hospital to see a consultant so that you can get further reassurance and an idea of what care you will expect going forward. Please feel reassured that what you are feeling is very normal under the circumstances of what you have experienced but asking for support and advice throughout will give you the reassurance that you need, so please don't be afraid to ask. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Kaye (not verified) on 1 Jul 2018 - 18:58
My waters broke at 18 weeks I went to hospital they assured me they hadn’t broken and that it was just pregnancy discharge. About 10 days later I was on the toilet pushing to wee and I felt something coming out.. I looked down below and it was a foot. I was rushed to hospital where I gave birth to my baby girl but she didn’t survive. I’ve had no answers as to why this happened but I will be trying again very soon just very scared this could happen again? How could this he prevented and has anyone had PROM and given birth to a healthy baby afterwards?
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Jul 2018 - 15:22
Hi Kaye, This can be very traumatic and we can understand your anxiety particularly relating to another pregnancy. There are many different reasons for PPROM but, yes sometimes the baby does survive and do very well. It is important that when you become pregnant you go to see a consultant obstetrician who will make a plan to reduce the risks of this happening again. If you need extra support we are here on 0800 0147 800.
By Andi (not verified) on 30 Jun 2018 - 13:41
I lost my first baby boy at 22 weeks when my water broke unexpectedly with no signs. I am now 20 weeks pregnant with a girl and scared. My loss was possibly due to an infection but we cannot he sure. I have been encouraged to take progesterone injections at this point but the data seems varied from weeks 20-25, with positive results only after 25 weeks. Anyone else been in this situation? I feel scared to take it or not take it.
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Jul 2018 - 10:28
With so much on-going research it can be very difficult to know what treatment is best for you. You can only really take advice from those that understand your personal situation and your history. Tommy's have been involved in trials looking at the role of progesterone in reducing the risk of pre-term labour (https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/our-research/research-cause/premature-birth-research/support-finding-best-way-prevent-preterm-birth-women-short-cervixes https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/research-by-cause/premature-birth/progesterone) but these trials may not be relevant to your personal situation. Try to arrange to discuss with your obstetrician again if you are wary of taking the medication. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives
By Jenny (not verified) on 29 Jun 2018 - 01:30
I recently miscarried my 20 week old baby boy due to early rapture of my water bag. It was heartbreaking. I was due for my monthly check up in a week and I didn't know that I had an infection which caused me to have very high WBC (16,000) compared to normal of 4,500-10,000 WBC. I was in labor for 56 hours, only to give birth to my dead baby. I pray to God that no mother should experience what I've been thru.
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 11:54
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your little boy and what you have been through.
If we can support you then please do be in touch via email on [email protected] or call 0800 0147 800, we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
By V (not verified) on 28 Jun 2018 - 02:48
I have a question in regards to PROMM. Water ruptured and lost part of the plug on Monday at 3 am. Dr. says it can take from 1 to 7 days to go into labor. What are the chances the pregnancy can go into 24 weeks since bedrest at hospital was mandatory. However, no antibiotics have been given. Baby still has fluid and regural heartbeat. Thanks.
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 10:08
I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing such a difficult time in this pregnancy. I am afraid it is not possible to able to know what is going to happen, there is a chance that the pregnancy will continue beyond 24 weeks however this is uncertain and it is important to try the take the next few weeks each day as it comes. It is great that there is still some fluid around the baby and your a being monitored closely.
It would be routine to have a course of antibiotics if your waters break early and they should be taking bloods from you to check for markers of infection. Do have a talk with your doctor about this.
If we can support you further then please do email us [email protected]
By Anonymous (not verified) on 19 Jun 2018 - 17:03
I had an amniocentesis at 15wks 2days, 5 hours later most of the fluid leaked. The hospital staff have been largely pessimistic and have spoken to us about termination on more than one occasion. The amniocentesis was clear and all scans have shown a healthy, active baby; however, I am still leaking fluid and will be seen again on Friday when I will be 19wks 6days. If the fluid is still low I know they will once again speak about termination. We have decided that if the baby's lungs can't mature and that he or she will be very poorly we will terminate. I am petrified and wonder what you think our chances are of the baby being ok and whether I can continue to leak but still have enough fluid around baby?
By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jun 2018 - 13:12
I believe you have been in contact via email since posting this but if we can support you then please do be in touch.