ABBR: PROM. In pregnancy, rupture of the amniotic membrane prior to the time labor was expected. This occurs in about 10% of patients. PROM is the single most common diagnosis leading to admission of the newborn to intensive care nursing. PROM is more common in women of poor socioeconomic groups, teenagers, single women, smokers, and women who have a sexually transmitted organism cultured from the cervix or vagina in the first half of pregnancy. PROM increases the risk of intrauterine infection. preterm premature rupture of membranes ABBR: PPROM. Rupture of the fetal membranes before completion of week 37 of pregnancy.
Any time your water breaks prior to the 37th week, you have PROM. You will usually be hospitalized until the baby is delivered and typically placed on antibiotics, since infection is a very common complication. PROM can be unexplained, and may recur, but many babies' deliveries can be held off until viability age, preferably 32 weeks, bur even as early as 24 weeks.
When the membranes of the amniotic sac rupture before labor.