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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

How to know if you have PROM -- and to handle it if you do.

What can I do to prevent premature rupture of membranes (PROM)?

Nothing really. Stopping smoking -- though you should have done that already -- decreases your risk.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have premature rupture of membranes (PROM)?

“I am almost 23 weeks pregnant with twin boys and … I noticed watery fluid in my underwear when I woke up in the morning for a few days and fluidy discharge throughout the day, so I went to my doc. Baby A's fluid had gone from a 4.6 to a 4.2 (which isn't huge, but I am still concerned), and once again I was given an AmnioSure and tested positive but had negative nitrazine test and ferning test. They sent me home on bed rest and said they didn't feel it was a rupture of membranes.”

“When I was 24 weeks I started leaking fluid. I would dribble even right after I peed, so I figured something was up. We went to OB triage, where they confirmed my water had broken. I had a positive nitrazine and positive ferning test. I was put on hospital bed rest until delivery. I received steroids and a round of IV antibiotics and was told I would probably deliver by the end of the week. During the time there my AFI was anywhere between 3 and 17. Five weeks later, I was still in the hospital, still very much pregnant. They decided to do another speculum exam, which came back negative. Apparently my leak sealed. I was able to go home on bed rest. One week later I started having that familiar leak again. Went back to triage, where they confirmed my water had broken again. I was in the hospital for another month, and then I was induced at 34 weeks. The second time I never had any measurable amniotic fluid. It was like that for a whole month. We now have a beautiful, happy, healthy baby girl who only spent one week in the NICU for IV antibiotics.”

Are there any other resources for premature rupture of membranes (PROM)?

University of Maryland Medical Center

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

March of Dimes

Plus, more from The Bump:

Discharge During Pregnancy

Preterm Labor

How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink

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