Pregnancy

Preterm premature rupture of membranes

(PPROM)

About Preterm premature rupture of membranes

Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is when your water breaks before labor contractions begin. Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is when this happens prior to 37 weeks gestation (full term).

PPROM occurs in about 3 percent of pregnancies and is associated with one-third of preterm births. Doctors and researchers don't completely understand what causes it, but these factors put you at higher risk

  • Previous preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • Infection in the vagina or uterus
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Cigarette smoking

Call your doctor right away if you notice a gush or slow leakage of fluid from your vagina. PPROM is usually diagnosed by physical examination and testing the leaked fluid. Many women with PPROM develop uterine infections and are at higher risk for placental abruption and umbilical cord prolapse.

Doctors manage PPROM based on many factors, including the age and condition of the fetus, and whether you're in labor or have an infection. The main decision your doctor will discuss with you is whether to take a watch-and-wait approach (called "expectant management") or to do a c-section, weighing the risk of PPROM complications against the risk of early delivery.

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