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Once my waters break, how long is it safe to wait before contractions begin?

For some women who are full term (ie. 37 weeks and over) and whose waters break, contractions often don’t begin immediately – this is referred to as PROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes). In other words, the woman’s body isn’t ready to initiate labour and they must wait for contractions to begin. All hospital policies are different -  some will allow a woman to wait 12 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours or even 48 hours to go into labour naturally, provided of course that the amniotic fluid is clear and that there are no other complications. Waiting at least 24 hours before inducing will help the moms to go into labour naturally. Once your waters break, you need to let your gynae know and keep her posted of your progress. She will then guide and advise you of when to leave for the hospital.

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