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Pregnant women need to recognize the characteristics of ruptured membranes, in order to be able to distinguish normal ruptures of membranes and those that need to be watched out for. If you experience ruptured membranes, pregnant women should immediately see a doctor for treatment, even though it's not yet time to give birth. Especially if the condition of the rupture of the membranes is not normal
During pregnancy, the amniotic fluid can rupture suddenly, either at the right time (before delivery) or before the gestational age is sufficient to give birth.
Amniotic fluid has a very important function for the fetus in the womb, namely to protect the fetus from collisions, help the development of fetal organs, maintain optimal temperature for the fetus, and provide space for fetal movement.
Understanding Ruptured Amniotic fluid
Ruptured membranes can occur suddenly without being noticed by pregnant women. The characteristics of normal ruptured membranes are the discharge that is odorless, clear in color, or may be mixed with a little blood.
Every pregnant woman may experience different characteristics of ruptured membranes, some are dripping slowly and some are coming out of the vagina profusely.
Ruptured membranes are generally a sign that pregnant women will give birth soon. However, if the membranes have ruptured and the pregnant woman does not feel any signs of giving birth within 24 hours, the doctor will usually suggest induction.
The purpose of this induction procedure is to speed up the delivery process and reduce the risk of the baby experiencing further complications. One of them is infection.
Characteristics of ruptured membranes to watch out for
The occurrence of ruptured membranes should not be allowed or taken lightly. You are obliged to immediately notify the doctor or midwife about this incident, in order to anticipate any disturbances in pregnancy.
The following are the characteristics of ruptured membranes to watch out for:
- Amniotic fluid is yellowish or greenish, which is a sign that there has been a mixture of amniotic fluid and meconium (the first stool of the fetus)
- broken amniotic fluid with fever
- ruptured amniotic fluid with fetal distress
- The amniotic fluid smells bad, which indicates an infection in the womb
- The color of the amniotic fluid is darker, which may indicate the fetus has died in the womb
- Amniotic fluid rupture before 37 weeks of pregnancy (premature rupture of membranes)
If the membranes rupture before there are signs of labor, immediately take a sanitary napkin and use it to clean the seepage of the liquid. The use of pads is needed to check the color and amount of amniotic fluid that comes out.
It's normal for pregnant women to be worried when their waters break, especially if it happens prematurely. However, pregnant women should not panic. Take a few deep breaths and try to calm yourself down.
Pay attention to the color, amount, and smell of the amniotic fluid, as well as the time it comes out. After that, go to the hospital immediately for medical treatment.
Knowing the characteristics of ruptured membranes is important. However, what is even more important is maintaining the he alth of the pregnant woman and her fetus during pregnancy. Don't forget to always apply a he althy lifestyle and do regular pregnancy check-ups to the obstetrician.