Some women, sadly, do not get a explanation, hence our mission to invest in research and help raise awareness so that parents are informed as to the reason(s) why.


Group B Strep is a normal bacteria we all carry, but for some can be a cause of PPROM

For more info on Group B Strep please visit the charity web page. 


Over stretching of the membranes (amniotic sac). This may happen if there is excessive fluid, or in the event of a multiple pregnancy, extra pressure being exerted on the membranes.


A cervix which is effacing and dilating prematurely before your baby is 37 weeks is known as an incompetent cervix.

This may occur during the first, second or start of the third trimester. If the cervix is softer and weaker than normal or is abnormally short to begin with, then as the baby grows, pressure is exerted on the cervix.

Sometimes the cervix can fluctuate in length but more research is required in this area. 


And yet there are times when simply no cause can be found. Again underlining the need for this crucial research.


Water Infections of the uterus, cervix, or vagina too can cause the membranes to break.

The following being the most common:


Bacterial vaginosis (BV) 

Group B strep (Group B Streptococcus)

Yeast infections



Reasons for PPROM

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