Feeling unsteady on your feet? Falling during pregnancy is a common problem. Read more about week 26.
As your belly gets bigger and your center of gravity shifts, it is important to go more slowly when doing routine things like walking down stairs or carrying groceries. What was no problem a few weeks ago might now make you a little wobbly, and to avoid a fall on your abdomen be sure to slow down, wear practical and supportive shoes and hold on to hand rails. Another thing that can make you a little shaky is that your joints are looser, once again thanks to pregnancy hormones. All of these add up to an increased risk of slipping and falling. If you do fall, call your doctor or midwife for advice. Depending on how hard you fall and where you landed, they may want you to go to the hospital to monitor your baby.
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020