Injuries in Pregnancy

Injuries can happen during pregnancy. Minor falls and accidents usually do not harm the mother or unborn baby. However, any injury should be reported to your doctor.


  • Do not take aspirin. It can make any bleeding you may have worse.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Put warm packs on the injured area after 24 hours if told by your doctor.

  • Have someone care for you and help you if needed.

  • Do not wear high heels while pregnant.

  • Remove rugs and loose objects on the floor.

  • Avoid fire or starting fires.

  • Avoid lifting heavy pots of boiling liquid.


  • You have been a victim of domestic violence.

  • You have been in a car accident.

  • You have more pain in any part of the body.

  • You have bleeding from your vagina.

  • Fluid is leaking from your vagina.

  • You start to have belly cramping (contractions) or pain.

  • You have a stiff neck or neck pain.

  • You feel weak or pass out (faint).

  • You start to throw up (vomit) after an injury.

  • You have been burned.

  • You get a headache or have vision problems after an injury.

  • You do not feel the baby move or the baby is not moving as much as normal.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.