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Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is the breaking of the amniotic sac before labor begins. The sac contains fluid (amniotic) and the developing baby. The amniotic fluid inside the sac leaks or gushes out. This is also known as â??breaking your water.â?

Fetus with Amniotic Sac

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PROM occurs in about 10% of all pregnancies. In 60%-80% of cases, PROM occurs at the end of a pregnancy. The mother goes into labor within 24-48 hours after her waters break. Less commonly, membranes rupture early in a pregnancy. Rupture more than three or four weeks before your due date is known as preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM).

The premature rupture of membranes increases the risks of certain pregnancy complications, including:

  • Uterine infection
  • Premature Birth
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord (umbilical cord that gets squeezed between your baby and your pelvis)

Call your doctor right away if you suspect that your water has broken.



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