Pregnancy Scare – A Fall while Pregnant

Today, I had a real pregnancy scare: I fell – not once, but twice – in our driveway. I have never fallen while pregnant before, so needless to say, it shook me up quite a bit.

Here’s what happened:

We’ve been trapped for weeks because our driveway is such a mess. It’s hit or miss to get out of the driveway, and hubby has been parking at my uncle’s house next door for the past week and a half so that he can get to work. This morning, I had to take the kids up to the top of the driveway because it was their first day back to school. It was 17* outside, and the ground was frozen. I figured I could drive them up to the bus stop and then walk down. That way, I could at least get out for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow morning.

All went well until it was time to walk back down. Our driveway is somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 a mile long. Coming from the road to the house, it’s all downhill. I had Parker on one hip, and was holding Lucy’s hand with my free hand. It was dark, and between my belly, Parker on my hip, and Lucy skipping beside me, I really couldn’t see what was in front of me.

The ground suddenly went from flat to bumpy. I hit a rough patch, and landed in the splits. Tears flowing from my eyes, I pulled myself back to a standing position, while fielding questions from Lucy like, “Mommy? Are you OK? Are you going to die?”

At this point, Parker and I are covered in mud. I continue down the driveway, and hit a hole that I didn’t realize was there. Boom! This time, I landed on my left hip. Pain seering through my body, I got up – again – and finished the walk to the house.

I called my husband in tears, and he suggested that I just take it easy for awhile. At 9:30, I couldn’t take the pain anymore, so I called the doctor. A nurse called me back a couple of hours later. She wasn’t overly concerned since I wasn’t bleeding, but she and the doctor wanted to do a non-stress test to make sure the baby was ok and didn’t feel any trauma from the falls.

The non-stress test went perfectly. I watched as Gage’s heart fluttered away, and as each contraction came. I was having some doozies! The doctor came in after about 20 minutes and said that everything looked great with the baby. He couldn’t believe the contractions I was having, and wanted to be sure I was dilating. He checked, and nope! Cervix was long, thick, and closed. Good news for 29 weeks pregnant.

I lost 2.5 pounds since my last visit, probably due to stress – hubby’s job, our driveway, family issues – but the doctor isn’t concerned. He just wants me to try and de-stress a little and take it easy. And, he warned me that I am going to be quite sore for the next 48 hours.

I go back in 2 weeks for my next visit, and believe me – I won’t be walking up OR down our driveway anytime soon.

Have you ever had a fall during pregnancy? What was your experience?

Angie Vinez (2971 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.

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  1. I’m so sorry! But I’m SO glad you and the baby are alright – I know you were more concerned about the baby. It’s reassuring hearing that heartbeat, isn’t it? I haven’t ever fallen during pregnancy, so don’t have anything to say but I’d think you’d have to land on your stomach or really injure yourself to hurt the baby – God knew what He was doing when He designed our bodies! 🙂 Good grief, though – that had to HURT! I’m so sorry. Get some rest and don’t carry toddlers on icy roads anymore!

  2. i fell when i was pregnant with my oldest i fell down a slight incline in the garden scared me to death and right afterwards i had to go to work and i was to timid to say anything to my boss about falling then later in the pregnancy i slip on hill and almost landed in a river then when i was about 8 months along i fell on the steps i was going up at work

  3. I’m glad to hear that everything is okay. Falling can be quite a scare. While I came close to falling (slipping on ice) when I was pregnant with my son, I never actually did. I did pull the muscle in my leg though. Ouch! My pregnancy event happened when I was 6 months pregnant. That was when I had my first episode of Atrial Fibrillation. I have never had any issues with my heart before so it really scared me. I have no idea why it came about when I was pregnant but now it is something I have to live with. As for falling, my sister fell when she was pregnant, I do not remember how far along she was but she bruised her tailbone so bad she couldn’t even sit down. She ended up with slight contractions after it happened so her Doctor gave her medicine and put her on bed rest. Everything turned out fine, thank goodness.

  4. Wow how scary. Glad you and baby are okay! My sister had a kindergartener while pregnant, and one morning when she was 8 months along she was putting her kindergartener on the bus she slipped on ice and fell, sliding part way underneath the bus, and the bus driver LAUGHED. I assume out of nervousness/fear but I could hardly believe it when she told me the story. Thankfully her and baby were fine.

  5. How scary for you. I’m glad you went in and were checked though.
    I don’t blame you, my husband fell in the driveway today going and getting the mail.
    The mail came very late today and so it was getting dark. He said he didn’t see any ice, but down he went. He’s okay, but sore.

  6. I made it through 2 pregnancies and crawling around on playground (carefully) equipment and chasing after kids. And then at 8 months pregnant with my third, walking down a paved sidewalk with flat shoes, no distraction and no kids tugging on me, I fell. I tripped so hard I was airborne and my hands went straight out. I fell directly on my poor belly and the little baby inside. I felt so guilty that my motherly instinct didn’t make my arms come down and protect my little one in utero. I didn’t have any bleeding, but went to the ER for 5 hrs of observation to make sure nothing happened to the placenta. The doctor said that most pregnant women don’t catch themselves as a result of balance being off and a few other things. I was very bruised on the outside, but my little girl was just fine-kicking up a storm and squirming around. I felt so blessed that everything ended up okay and so lucky that it was the one scary thing that happened out of 3 pregnancies. I try to tell my story to all my pregnant friends to let them know that they still need to be careful with themselves and their little bellies and the baby inside.
    I am so glad that everything ended up okay with you and yours. Babies are so fragile, inside the womb and out!

  7. I am so happy that everything is ok. Bless your heart. I know the kids were freaked out too. I fell in the bathtub trying to get Blaze out and thought I broke my elbow and I couldn’t get up it hurt so bad and Blaze was screaming because I was crying and he has never seen me hurt like that I guess and I was having to scream for Chris who apparently has selective hearing lol. Anyway, sorry I got sidetracked there. I am just happy for you and praying!

  8. I fell during two of my pregnancies. I fell once when I was pregnant with Joey. I was still working at the time and was going out to the parking garage to go to a doctor appointment. (How about that?) When I went through the door, I could not see that the floor was wet and WHOOP! Down I went. I think I was around 6 months pregnant at the time. Scared the bajeebles out of me for sure. But, everything was okay. You know the story of what happened when I was pregnant with Kyle. Was wearing a long skirt and my feet got caught up in it and I completely fell out of my van when I was about 8 weeks pregnant. The ultrasound I had a few days later (already scheduled, not because of the fall) showed a very small blood clot behind my placenta. That’s what caused me to bleed a few weeks later. But again, everything was fine. Baby is pretty well protected in there.

    I am sure glad you and baby are okay!!! Now, stay off that driveway! And, uh, maybe get it paved? 😉

  9. I’ve fallen both times I was pregnant.

    The first time was so early on I didn’t even know I was pregnant. That was when I fell on a icy concrete sidewalk.

    The second time was when I was 28wks along. I got up out of a chair going to the kitchen. I don’t know what really made me fall. I think my ankle (which I had twisted yrs before very badly) gave out on me. The way I was falling I was going to land on my stomach. Somehow I got turned around and fall flat on my back. My husband and daughter had gone out in the woods 4-wheeling so I was alone. I couldn’t get up because my ankle was sprained. I crawled to the bathroom (b/c as we all know when prego we pee a lot & mama had an accident from the fall *blush*) When they came home I told him what had happened. I already had my foot propped up and didn’t have too much pain except for my ankle. But the more scared I got, my stomach started hurting. We went to the hospital and they said baby was ok. From that day on until I delivered I was scared I’d fall again.

    I’m so glad everything is ok with baby. I know how scary it is. {hugs)

  10. Oh you poor thing!!!! It hurt me just READING about those falls – I can’t imagine the pain. I’m so sorry! I’m glad little Gage is doing well and I hope you don’t have soreness for much longer.

  11. Holy cow, sweetheart. I’m so sorry! I fell once when pregnant with Miss Mara, wrenched my wrist and ankle and it was terribly painful. Even more, it scared the stuffing out of me. SOOOOO glad you and Gage are okay! Hugs!