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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Falling While Pregnant

By January 16, 2011

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Worried Pregnant Woman

Ouch! A reader email reminded me of an accident I had when pregnant. I was happily walking across the street and minding my own business and when I went to step up to exit the street, I completely missed the curb. Now we all know that at 36 weeks pregnant, graceful is not in the dictionary, but there I sat in tears, more from a bruised ego than anything, with bloody knees and surrounded by a crowd of people who were horrified.

Let's face it, falls like this are fairly common in pregnancy. This doesn't make it fun or pleasant, but just a fact of life. Pregnant women have a lot against them in the gravity department. When pregnant you probably feel a little of balance most of the time, not to mention that you can't see your feet after a certain point. The good news is that most falls do not harm the baby in any way. Find out what you should do if you fall.


July 18, 2007 at 10:34 am
(1) melissa says:

I fell at about 2 months. I was in socks on the hardwood floor and I slipped and fell hard on my tailbone. I was so afraid that something was wrong, but the baby was fine.

October 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm
(2) Natalie says:

I fell at about 8 weeks with my 1st child, going down stairs- I fell four stairs and landed hard on my tailbone. I was in panic, but called my midwife and she reassured me and told me what problem signs to look for. This pregnancy I fell down eight stairs and landed hard on my bottom at 11 weeks. I didn’t really worry about it and I’m now at 16 weeks.

Something about pregnancy just makes me so so clutzy… it’s like being a teenager again! ;-)

October 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm
(3) Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE says:

Ouch! That sounds painful. I’m glad your midwife gave you the signs of what to look for – that’s always a better feeling than simply worrying.

January 29, 2012 at 9:56 am
(4) Samantha says:

Im 26 weeks pregnant and I missed s step and fell on my butt leaving a nasty bruise. this is first baby. I didnt land on my tummy but I leaned back and.my arm kimda caught the fall too. I just need to know if the baby is going to beok

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