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What are the symptoms of premature rupture of membranes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Symptoms of premature rupture of membranes include early leakage of the amniotic fluid contained inside the fetal membranes. There may be a rush of fluid, followed by consistent leaking. There may be only the rush of fluid, or a consistent but slow leakage. This generally occurs around 37 weeks of fetal development; if it is earlier than that it is usually known as preterm premature rupture of membranes. Premature labor typically begins within one to two days after the early rupture of the amniotic sac occurs, although it may take longer.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Patients with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) present with leakage of fluid, vaginal discharge, and pelvic pressure or a heaviness in the vagina, but they are not having contractions.

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