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What are the chances of harming my baby if i fall on my stomach?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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<1 %: Trauma to the uterus such as a direct fall or car accident, etc can rarely cause the placenta to separate. This is called an abruption. It is unlikely before the third trimester and requires a significant blow to the abdomen. The symptoms would be uterine contractions, pain, and/or bleeding.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: Usually minimal. You naturally try and get your arms in front to take a fall. The child is also somewhat protected by the tissue surrounding it. I would suggest going to your OB doctor or an urgent care center if you fell directly on your abdomen to check for fetal heart tones.

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