How long can baby live in womb after water breaks?

It depends on may things, if you have a high leak the membranes may seal and the pregnancy can continue. If your membranes are ruptured after 12 hours there is a fear of infection setting in, dangerous to both the baby and mother - you must be closely monitored for fever, pain and fetal distress. Another thing doctors look at is the cause of premature rupture as an infection is sometimes the cause, in that case antibiotics will be given and you may need to be induced or delivered by Cesarian Section to prevent further complications.