Why Women Fall During Pregnancy

A common occurrence during pregnancy is falling. While there are several reasons why expecting women are prone to tripping and slipping, none of those reasons make any difference to those expecting. What they are most concerned about is if any injuries occurred with their babies as a result of their fall. While this is important, as is finding ways to prevent slipping and tripping in the first place given that women are prone to falling during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time when women’s bodies tend to tilt forward as baby bumps grow larger. As this happens, women’s center of balance is altered making them more prone to fall. Therefore, it is not surprising that according to a 2010 study, 27 percent of the pregnant women surveyed had experienced one fall. Of those women, 35 percent fell more than one time. And the main culprits were slippery surfaces and stairs. As such, being aware of surroundings, specifically, these, may help to reduce the frequency with which mothers-to-be fall.

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Here is why women are prone to falling during pregnancy.

Falling Is Common During Pregnancy

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While there are circumstances that can make falling occur with more frequency during pregnancy, the simple truth of the matter is that falling is common during pregnancy. And like many things during pregnancy, a change in hormones can start the ball rolling in making clumsiness something that happens much more often than it did before becoming pregnant.

According to BabyCenter, the pregnancy hormones that help babies to develop and thrive are also what can cause women to feel awkward in their own bodies. Bodies that they once had control over now can feel foreign given the ease at which slipping and falling can occur. And unfortunately, for those who were already prone to moments of feeling less than graceful, this may only be exacerbated when expecting.

Reasons For Falling During Pregnancy

Although hormones play a large factor in the changes of the body during pregnancy, they are not the only things to blame for women falling. There are many more factors at play, all of which can make walking a treacherous activity for those expecting.

According to What To Expect, falling during pregnancy is caused by:

Center of gravity: As the pregnancy progresses, the baby bump grows larger. As it protrudes from the midsection, gravity pulls the body forward. When this happens, the back overcompensates to keep the body upright. In the middle of this precarious balancing act, one wrong step can lead to a fall. This is especially true later on in pregnancy women are.

Exhaustion: When tired, the body is clumsier overall. Pregnancy causes the body to be exhausted. Therefore, it is no wonder that as fatigue sets in, the body is less coordinated and more prone to falling.

Weight gain: The more weight the body carries, the less agile it is. Because of this, when women get to their third trimesters and are carrying the bulk of their healthy pregnancy weight gain, they are more prone to falling while they are expecting.

Can Babies Be Harmed By Falling During Pregnancy?

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The trimester of pregnancy that women are in makes all the difference when it comes to whether babies can be injured. It also depends upon whether the impact of the fall is to the stomach or elsewhere on the body.

According to VeryWell Family, during the first trimester, babies are the most protected by their mother’s bodies from a fall. This is because babies are not only tucked behind the pelvic girdle but are surrounded by the thick walls of the uterus as well.

The second trimester is also a time when babies are protected from any tumbles their mothers may take. This is because of the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding babies and the uterus wall protecting from impact after mothers take a fall.

The third trimester is when mothers have less protection for their babies because the uterine wall is stretched, per the publication. As a result, between mothers-to-be being at the highest risk of falling and babies having little protection, the last weeks of pregnancy is when most injuries can occur.

Preventing Falls During Pregnancy

Given the injuries that come with falls, finding ways to prevent them during pregnancy is important for mothers and babies alike.

According to What To Expect, some ways to prevent falls while expecting include:

  • Slowing down
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Hold railing on stairs or areas that have a slippery surface
  • Look for pathways that are clear of any hazards
  • Only hold what can be comfortably carried

By taking proper precautions and doing everything possible to prevent falls, mothers lessen the risk of injuries to both babies and themselves. And given that as pregnancies progress the more significant injuries can become; this is important for all parties involved.

Source: Medscape, BabyCenter, What To Expect, VeryWell Family, What To Expect

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