One of the steps of labors is the rupturing of the membranes. When this occurs too early, before 37 weeks, it is called premature rupture of the membranes, according to Parents. PROM does not happen often, but it can cause serious issues. That is why your Indiana doctor must monitor you after PROM occurs.
Your doctor may order bed rest or may put you in the hospital for monitoring. In some cases, the doctor may induce labor if he or she feels it is okay for the baby. This occurs typically if you are at least 34 weeks into your pregnancy. At this point, the baby's lungs should have had enough time to properly develop and enable the baby to breathe outside the womb or medical intervention is possible to assist your baby if breathing is an issue.
The main job of the membranes is to protect against bacteria and germs. Because the biggest risk with PROM is an infection, the most common move for a doctor to take is to prescribe antibiotics. If you were to get an infection, it would not only affect you but also the baby. You may also get steroid injections to help mature the baby's lungs.
In some cases, there is no way to prevent PROM. It just happens. Although, there are indications of links to having multiples, having high blood pressure and smoking during pregnancy. The recommendation is to see your doctor regularly and follow all prenatal instructions. This information is for educational purposes. It is not legal advice.