Your baby is cushioned from injury, protected from infection, provided with nutrition and a lot of other things, thanks to your amniotic fluid, a.k.a your water. When that water ‘breaks’ there are a lot of complications that can happen to you and your baby.
Read to find out more:
What causes my water to break early?
Most times, the uterine membrane will rupture following a traumatic experience like a car accident. But in some rare cases there is no given reason. There are however some risk factors and potential causes for this. They include:
What treatments are given when my water breaks early?
Your doctor will treat you based on how many weeks pregnant you are, if you have an infection, if labor follows quickly and how much amniotic fluid baby has left. That being said, some common steps that will be taken include:
Water breaking at less than 24 weeks
Before 24 weeks, baby needs amniotic fluid to help lungs develop properly. Extremely low fluid levels at this stage can impact lung development even when the pregnancy is prolonged. However, if there isn’t any infection, magnesium will be given, strict bed rest will be recommended, and a few steroid injections to help baby’s lung development.
Water breaking at 24-31 Weeks
At this stage, baby is viable enough to survive, but will need to spend more time in the uterus and amniotic fluid to survive and not have long-term health issues. Provided that there is no active infection, magnesium will be given to protect baby’s brain and reduce risk of labor beginning right after water breaks.
Water breaking at 32-33 Weeks
At this stage of pregnancy, your doctor will want you to prolong pregnancy as long as there’s no active infection, you’re not showing signs of labor, and baby is tolerating the low fluid levels. If there seem to be any problems with baby, a c-section or an induction may be discussed.
Water breaking 34-36 Weeks
If you’re over 34 weeks, many doctors believe baby is well-developed enough to be born. This is safer than risking waiting and then developing an infection. However, some doctors might recommend carrying to full term by using antibiotics.
Tags: 24 weeks, 31 weeks, 36 weeks, Water breaking
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