Falling and Tripping during Pregnancy

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Update Date 06/12/2019 . 2 mins read

During pregnancy, because of the extra weight in the belly and hormone changes, the center of gravity can shift as well as the loosening of joints and muscles makes falls quite common. In fact, according to a report of Kari Dunning in the Maternal Child Health Journal (2010), 27% of mothers-to-be fall at least once in their pregnancy. A study by the University of Cincinnati has shown that falls are responsible for up to 29% of trauma during pregnancy.

Early pregnancy

Usually, there is no need to freak out after slightly tripping as your body is naturally designed to protect the fetus with thick uterus walls and a lot of amniotic fluid for cushioning. Early on pregnancy, the uterus is still inside the pelvis, which is even safer. So if you fall in the first trimester of pregnancy, there is a good chance that your baby is going to be fine.

Late pregnancy

However, if your falling occurs in the late weeks of pregnancy, it may cause early labor. If you feel any pain after the fall, or if you experience vaginal bleeding, amniotic fluid leaking, uterine contractions, you need to call for medical help immediately. Trauma to the fetus may lead to placenta abruption. Severe placental abruption has been known to cause preterm labor, in worse cases – fetal and even maternal death.

Should you be worried?

Preterm labor caused by mild abdominal trauma usually subsides with sufficient rest and hydration. Abruptions that are not serious can slowly heal without intervention. Severe trauma that results in critical detachments of the placenta will demand immediate delivery. If the bleeding continues after delivery, the doctor may need to perform a hysterectomy.

A fall is likely to scare any mothers-to-be. Rest assured that a minor fall will not hurt your baby. While you cannot prevent accidents from happening, you can always mitigate the risk by being cautious of your surroundings, such as road pits and slippery surfaces. Put those high heels you love away, try some flat and supportive shoes. When you need to take the stairs, go slow and hold tighter to the handrail. Do not hesitate to ask for help whenever you need a hand.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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