I'm pregnant and recently fell. Should I be worried?
Falling during pregnancy can make you panic. But your body is designed to protect your developing baby during pregnancy. Any injury would have to be severe enough to seriously hurt you before it would directly harm your baby.
The walls of your uterus are thick, strong muscles that help keep your baby safe. The amniotic fluid also serves as a cushion. During the early weeks of pregnancy, the uterus is tucked behind the pelvic bone, which provides more protection.
If you do fall during pregnancy, take comfort in knowing that your baby most likely won't be hurt. However, if you're worried about your baby after a fall, see your health care provider.
If you fall later in pregnancy, the concern is that the fall could put you into labor or cause early delivery. Seek immediate medical attention if:
- Your fall results in pain, bleeding or a direct blow to the abdomen
- You're experiencing vaginal bleeding or leaking amniotic fluid
- You feel severe pain or tenderness in your abdomen, uterus or pelvis
- You have uterine contractions
- You notice a decrease in fetal movement
In most cases, your baby will be fine. But your health care provider might run tests to make sure everything is OK.
Jan. 15, 2015
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