When the constractions start, membranes that surround the child will rupture and the disharge of the fluid will start – this is so-called water breaking. However, in some cases, membranes rupture too early, before the start of the contractions.
This premature water breaking is dangerous because there is a possibility of premature birth. In addition, this opens the path for infection to the uterus and the fetus.
What to do?
If you think your water broke too soon, call a doctor who will probably send you to the hospital. He will give you antibiotics to prevent infection. If you are expecting a baby in the next 2 to 3 weeks, your doctor will probably induce labor.
However, if it occured way earlier, you will stay in the hospital for observation. Additionally, you will most likely recieve a cure for cervical relaxation, which reduces the possibility of premature birth. Sometimes the slight rupture of the membrane will heal naturally, and the pregnancy can normally continue without medication.