Falling while pregnant

Pregnancy not only changes your body, it also changes the way you walk. Your center of gravity adjusts, which can cause you to have difficulty maintaining your balance.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder that 27 percent of pregnant women experience a fall during their pregnancy. Fortunately, your body has several safeguards to protect against injury. This includes cushioning amniotic fluid and strong muscles in the uterus.

Falling can happen to anyone. But if it happens when you’re falling for two, here are some important things to know.

Possible Complications

Your uterus probably won’t suffer any permanent damage or trauma from falling lightly. But if the fall is very hard or hits at a certain angle, it’s possible you could experience some complications.

Examples of potential complications related to falls include:

  • placental abruption
  • broken bones in an expectant mom
  • altered mental status
  • fetal skull injury
  • Around 10 percent of women who fall while pregnant seek medical care.

When to See Your Doctor:

Most of the time, a minor fall won’t be enough to cause a problem with you and/or your baby. But there are some symptoms that indicate you may need to seek medical attention. These include:

  • You had a fall that resulted in a direct blow to your stomach.
  • You’re leaking amniotic fluid and/or vaginal bleeding.
  • You’re experiencing severe pain, especially in your pelvis, stomach, or uterus.
  • You’re experiencing faster contractions or are starting to have contractions.
  • You notice your baby isn’t moving as often

If you experience these or other symptoms that may concern you, call your doctor or seek emergency medical treatment.