High Risk Pregnancy with Prom Premature Rupture of Membranes

What is PROM?
As the name in the title suggests; PROM is a condition in which the membranes rupture prematurely in a pregnancy (before week 37). This can be a very serious problem for several reasons.

Most importantly, too much amniotic fluid could escape from the amniotic sack, which doesn’t just cushion the baby but is also extremely important for his/her lungs to develop fully.

Also, rupture in the sack can let unwanted bacteria inside and cause serious infections, which can be dangerous for the mom to be as well as the unborn child, including premature labor.

PROM can happen to anyone, although there are some suggestions to what can contribute to early rupture of the amniotic sack; the cause is still unknown.

This, as said is a very serious and scary condition. However, there can be light at the end of the tunnel. This is why I am writing this article; to give hope to those who might go through this emotional and very scary period.

My story started when my amniotic sack ruptured at week 16. I remember crying all the way home, where I packed my things and later headed to the hospital.
I was hospitalized for 5 days and put on a strict bedrest. During my stay in the hospital I was told many discouraging and scary things about what can and most likely will happen. That is, I will lose the baby or he might get extremely premature and/or get serious health problems.
Although I pretty much cried the entire time, I kept hope.

After the 5 days went by I was released and put on a strict bedrest.
Surviving a bedrest is very tough; it is highly emotional and fear of the baby’s well being is always present. Although many think, that a bed rest is just taking it easy and have a lazy fun time; I can assure you, that a bedrest will challenge everything in your life. It will take a toll on your body, test your emotional and physical strength, test your relationships and anything else you can think of.

During your bedrest it is most likely that your doctor will want to see you quite frequently, as well as the hospital. I had an ultra sound every 3 weeks to check the levels of amniotic fluids, the baby’s growth and position, and pretty much anything else of importance to make sure that everything looks ok.

As the weeks went by, I strictly followed my doctors’ orders; I was strictly lying either in bed or on my couch, sometimes in the yard for a little while when it was sunny. I didn’t get up for snacks or to do chores or anything like that.
It is extremely important to stay strong and to stay horizontal!

As for my condition, the gushing of fluids slowed down as the weeks went by to just a bit of spotting here and there. Miraculously my fluid levels were always perfect throughout the whole pregnancy, including anything else the doctors watched for on the ultrasound.
It looked like my amniotic sack re-sealed and by looking at the ultra sounds none could have even guessed that I actually experienced PROM.

After a long, incredibly long, 16 weeks of bedrest, at week 34, I was allowed to get back on my feet and get back to normal life of course in moderation. However, no more wheel chairs and I could prepare food again and go shopping. It took a while to regain the muscles I almost completely lost during the bedrest and a long time to not be out of breath every second (that actually took me the longest).

To everyone’s surprise, even with walking around my sack stayed sealed; no re-rupturing. The weeks went by, and my belly grew enormously. I had a terrible case of heart burn and acid reflux and walking became extremely tiring. Reaching week 37, I officially carried to full term, and couldn’t wait too much longer to finally have my miracle baby.
I never in my dreams would have imagined that he will actually wait till week 40 to finally introduce himself to the outside world!

The week before my doctor called the hospital to schedule induction if the baby isn’t delivered by week 40.
The idea of a scheduled labor did not really appeal to me, and thanks to my beautiful baby boy, he decided to enter his new world two days before due date! Healthy, 7 1/2 lbs, 20 inch baby boy!

Now of course each case is different and PROM has to be taken seriously. But there are many things you can do to help your pregnancy along even with PROM.

This is what I did:

– Stayed horizontal
– Got support (friends, family and sidelines.org*)
– Ate healthy (especially lots’ of yogurt and raw garlic to prevent infection)
– drank fluids and fluids and fluids! (extremely important to keep yourself hydrated to keep amniotic fluids up and prevent premature labor)
– Vitamins (I used organic ones)

* Sidelines is an organization for women with high risk pregnancies of any kind. They match high risk moms with a “phone/email buddy” who experienced the same complications as you. Your “buddy” will provide emotional support as well as very useful resources. I highly recommend them!

I know when I was on my bedrest, it helped me a great deal to read about other moms surviving the bedrest and reading about their success stories. It gave me hope and the strength to never give up.

Stay realistic but never lose hope if you are struggling with PROM or any other complication.