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What is Preterm Prelabour Rupture of Membranes (PPROM)


PPROM occurs when the membranes around your baby or the bag of waters breaks or tears before 37 weeks gestation.  Women with PPROM may  have a small trickle or a large gush of fluid through the vagina, This is often also referred to as "my water has broken". You may start to leak fluid before you go into labour. 




If your membranes rupture too early, you need to be aware of the following increased risks for you and your baby:

  • Infection inside your uterus

  • Premature labour and birth

  • Prolapsed cord

You may be eligible for the Prenatal Home Care Program if you are 24 weeks or more pregnant with this condition.

Your role in helping to prevent complications of PPROM and preterm labour are the following:

  • Know the signals your body is giving you

  • Prevent infection

  • Know which activities may lead to preterm labour

  • Know how to get emergency help

Throughout the visits with Prenatal Home Care nurses, you will be provided information and self monitoring strategies to identify these risks.

Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 |
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