Layers of tissue called the amniotic cavity hold the liquid that border a child in the womb. When the membranes break before the 37th week of pregnancy, premature rupture of the membranes is stated to occur. Amniotic fluid is the water that borders your infant in the womb. Often the membranes break prior to a woman enters into labor. When the water breaks early, it is called premature rupture of membranes. Most women will go into labor by themselves within 24 hrs. It is called preterm premature rupture of membranes if the water breaks before the 37th week of pregnancy. The earlier your water breaks, the more severe it is for you and your child.
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