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?