Ruptured Membranes/Leaking


Leaking fluid vaginally? Are you passing fluid uncontrollably?

These could be the symptoms of Ruptured Membranes…

Rupture of membranes (ROM) or amniocentesis is a term used to describe the rupture of the amniotic sac. This results in “leaking” of fluid through the vagina. Normally, it occurs spontaneously at term, either during or at the beginning of labour. Rupture of the membranes is also known as “breaking of the waters or water bag.”

Rupture of membranes may spontaneously happen before labour contractions start. Sometimes start rupture of the membranes happens with the contractions, which then go on to becoming stronger.

Artificial Rupture of Membranes (ARM) is often performed by Obstetricians to hasten the labour process (Active Management of Labour). This may happen in a spontaneously started labour or an induced labour.

Sometimes, rupture of membranes at term is not accompanied or flowed by contractions, in which case, your doctor may decide to expedite the labour process by various methods.

Rupture of membranes may occasionally happen remote from your due date / term, this is called preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM). If you are very preterm, then the pregnancy is usually continued in the interests of the baby attaining more maturity.

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