Early water break risk may be reduced by delaying pregnancy

Mothers whose water has broken prematurely have been advised that waiting at least 18 months before having their next child could reduce the risk of it happening again, according to new research.

The problem, which is also known as preterm premature rupture of membranes, is experienced in up to five per cent of pregnancies, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group's study notes.

Both the mother and foetus are put at risk of infection when the complication occurs, the group's Dr Darios Getahun points out.

Dr Getahun's team said many factors are likely to be involved when women's water breaks early.

It revealed that women who have had the complication previously are known to be at greater risk in subsequent pregnancies.

The risk is also known to be higher for black women compared to white women. Data from a study carried out in Missouri on nearly 200,000 women found that three per cent of black women and one per cent of white women's water broke early.

A study recently carried out by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research discovered women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, could be at increased risk of developing diabetes later in their pregnancy.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19653786-ADNFCR