WHAT IS PROM? AND pPROM?
Despite its name, pPROM has nothing to do with that dance that every high school student can’t wait to go to. pPROM is something that NO mother would ever want for her baby. PROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes) is when the amniotic sac open before labor begins. The big difference between PROM and pPROM is that PROM happens at or beyond 37 weeks, and pPROM happens BEFORE 37 weeks gestation.
HOW COMMON IS IT?
PROM happens in fewer than fifteen percent of pregnancies, and pPROM happens in fewer than three percent of pregnancies. So it’s not very common, but it isn’t UNCOMMON either.
- Smoking During Pregnancy
- Previous pPROM
- If you have had vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Leaking or gushing of fluid from the vagina. If you aren’t sure if it is urine or amniotic fluid, do the sniff test. If it smells like ammonia it is probably urine. If it has a sweet smell, it is probably amniotic fluid.
SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?
In short…yes. pPROM carries a significant danger of infection to you and the baby, uterine cord prolapse (where the umbilical cord comes out of the cervix and cuts off the baby’s blood supply) and preterm labor. All of which are very scary, life threatening conditions for your baby.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Get good (and early) prenatal care. Don’t smoke during pregnancy. If your membranes rupture at or after 37 weeks, your doctor is likely to induce labor within 24 hours. If your membranes rupture before it is safe to deliver your baby, you will likely be put on hospital bedrest and given antibiotics and steroids to prevent infection and mature baby’s lungs.
Some of this information was obtained from here.