A recent study has shown that if your water broke early during your last pregnancy, you may want to wait at least 18 months before having your next child.

Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (the term for your water breaking early) occurs in up to 5% of pregnancies. When the water breaks early, the pregnancy has yet to reach full term and labor has not begun yet.

This complication accounts for one out of every four premature births according to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

If this has happened to you before, you are at greater risk than the average women to have it happen to you again. In addition, if your water broke early in a previous pregnancy, you should be watched closely by your doctor during any subsequent pregnancies in the future.

Has this happened to you?