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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE PRETERM PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES DURING PREGNANCY

 

What is Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes?

The term premature rupture of membranes (PROM) refers to rupture of the amniotic sac (commonly called your “water breaking”) before the onset of uterine contractions. PROM that occurs before a gestational age of 37 weeks is called Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM). Both PROM and PPROM feature amniotic fluid leaking out through the vagina before your labor contractions have begun. However, while women with PROM at term can simply be admitted to the delivery room and have labor induced (if the membrane rupture does not trigger the labor on its own), or can be delivered through a cesarean section, PPROM presents a scenario in which the baby may not be ready to begin life outside the womb. How the situation plays out will then depend on the level of prematurity. Late PPROM – PROM occurring at 34-37 weeks gestation – requires a course of action that differs from what is required for PPROM occurring at 24-33 weeks, or from PPROM occurring at ages below 24 weeks.


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