It is not uncommon for pregnant women to fall down. All that new weight out front makes even the most graceful beauty become a bit off balance, not to mention towards the end it’s hard to see your feet, let alone what’s under them. The first time I fell down while pregnant was not on stairs, ice, or any other common tripping hazard. It was over a parenting magazine that my first son had left in the living room floor. My foot hit, the magazine slid, I hit the floor, and my worry meter hit the ceiling.
Any pregnant woman’s first thought after falling down no matter where or how it happened is, is my baby okay? Relax, I’ll walk you through it.
Alright, You’ve just hit the floor, ground, stairs, not where you wanted to be, what do you do?
First, get up. Take a mental account of how you fell, what hit what, and how you feel. Now take a deep breathe and find yourself a phone. The very first thing you should do if you have fallen down while pregnant is call your prenatal care provider. They’ll ask for the information above that you took a mental account of. The biggest question being where did you hit and how hard.
What might your prenatal care provider do now that you’ve called about falling down while pregnant?
That depends on your provider. A cautious prenatal care provider would either have you come in or go to the hospital for a non-stress test. You’ll go in and lay in a bed with some sensors strapped to your belly. You’ll be asked to hit a button every time your baby moves. These sensors monitor the baby’s heart rate and movement. You will likely be in that bed around 3 hours. If you fail this test so to speak you’ll be given an ultrasound to investigate further.
If your prenatal care provider is a bit less on the paranoid side and you did not hit your abdomen at all, they may just tell you to call if you notice anything weird. They’ll probably give you a list of what to watch out for, the usual abdominal pain, contractions, liquids coming from down there blood or otherwise, slowed or lack of baby movement, etc.
How could falling down while pregnant hurt my baby?
Your baby actually is safe and sound, it’s the placenta and your bag of waters that’s of concern. A fall during pregnancy can result in tears or rips in the bag of waters which can lead to infection and/or premature labor. It can also cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall causing your baby to no longer receive the proper nutrients from your body. Both require immediate medical attention.
How worried should you be if you fall while pregnant?
If you hit hard, especially on your abdomen moderate worry is appropriate. If you fell on your butt and didn’t fall that hard at all I wouldn’t worry at all. I fell numerous times while pregnant, millions of pregnant women fall all the time, in most cases all that results is maybe some bruises and bruised pride.
Belly Trauma during pregnancy