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How does premature rupture of membranes affect the body?

Premature rupture of membranes can affect the body in several ways. Once the amniotic fluid leaks, labor should begin soon. If labor does not begin within 12 hours, or medical intervention does not take place, infection can develop in the mother's body. The fetus is also in danger of serious infection at this point.

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