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Premature Rupture Of Membranes


Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is a condition where fluid leaks from your amniotic sac before labor begins. The amniotic sac contains fluid that surrounds and protects your baby in your uterus. PROM may happen just before birth. If PROM happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is called preterm PROM. The cause of PROM is not known.


Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician may suggest the following:

  • Bed rest: You may need to stay in bed all the time. You will be allowed to get up briefly to go to the bathroom.
  • Pelvic rest: This means you should not put anything in your vagina, such as tampons. Do not have sex.
  • Temperature monitoring: You may need to check your temperature each day to make sure you do not have a fever. A fever may be a sign of infection.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician if:

  • You have discharge from your vagina that smells bad.
  • You have a fever.
  • Your uterus feels tender.
  • Your heart is beating very fast.
  • Your weight is staying the same, or you are losing weight.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You feel a gush or trickle of fluid leaking from your vagina.
  • You are bleeding from your vagina.
  • You have strong pains in your abdomen.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.