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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Premature rupture of membranes

My waters broke 11 days ago when i was 33 weeks + 3 days. I went to hospital and they kept me in. They gave me 2 steroid injections to help baby's lungs mature and told me I may go into labour but I didn't. I am now 35 weeks today and still no sign of baby arriving. They have let me home with antibiotics and I have to monitor my temperature , and if I start to feel unwell I should go back. How long they will let me go before they decide to induce me? I know baby makes more fluid but i am leaking all the time.

Julia

Dear Julia,

Once you rupture your membranes, you are at high risk of developing an infection that could be harmful to the baby. The baby should be delivered as soon as possible after your doctor makes sure that the baby's lungs are mature (ready to breathe). A sample of amniotic fluid can be sent to the lab to check the baby's lungs. If they are not mature you would need to wait a little longer. If they are mature, you can be admitted for an induction.

Talk with your doctor tomorrow and ask him (or her) when he will check the baby's lungs. Most babies will be mature by 35 weeks, especially if you had steroids.

Sincerely,
Amy

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