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Falling During Pregnancy?

If I fall, will it hurt the baby?

The combo of a shifting center of balance and ligament-loosening hormones swimming around can definitely make you clumsy. First off, you can prevent falls by wearing comfortable shoes with non-skid soles (this is not the time for four-inch heels), holding onto railings on the stairs, avoiding slick surfaces, and being extra-careful in general. If you do happen to suffer a fall, don’t panic. Baby is very well padded in her fluid-filled home, and isn’t likely to be hurt at all. Do call your OB, though — she might want to check out baby’s heartbeat, just to make sure all is well.

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