Explanation And Treatment Of Premature Rupture Of Membranes?
What is premature rupture of membranes?
Premature rupture of membranes is a medical condition in which the amniotic fluid (water in the uterus to protect the baby) in the uterus (during pregnancy) experiences a sudden or slow discharge before the time of delivery (< 37 weeks).
The condition of premature rupture of membranes needs to be watched out carefully because it can be an emergency condition. Potential complications due to premature rupture of membranes are infection to the mother and baby, placental disorders (placental abruption = when the placenta falls / detaches from the uterine wall), umbilical cord infection and premature birth.
Premature rupture of membranes can be caused by =
Infections Malnutrition Smoking The size of the cervix (neck of the womb) is short. Previous history of premature rupture of membranes Consumption of illegal drugs. When the amniotic fluid comes out (either multiple or leaky), it is ideal for you to immediately go to a gynecologist to ensure the health of your fetus. If the amniotic fluid that comes out smells bad, is green in color or is abundant, then this is an alarm sign for an immediate examination to the obstetrician.
It is not easy to distinguish amniotic fluid from urine, but usually amniotic fluid does not smell like urine. Amniotic fluid smells slightly sweet and is generally clear in color (not yellow like urine). So if you suspect that the water that comes out is amniotic fluid, then immediately collect the water and check the water conditions as above.
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