Jarring motion: Can it hurt my baby-to-be?
After two miscarriages last year, I am now 13-weeks-pregnant. I'm concerned that everything is going to cause a miscarriage. While driving with my sister, she went over a speed bump and I've been worried ever since that the jolting may have caused problems. Is my obsessive worrying totally unfounded?Question:
Your baby is extremely well protected from the typical bumps of everyday living. Consider the bumps that runners endure while pregnant. Or even those that another baby -- a twin or triplet -- would cause to her siblings.
It is very normal to be protective of a pregnancy once you have experienced a loss. The implantation seems so fragile but in actuality it is not. Your baby is completely surrounded by amniotic fluid which serves as a shock absorber and insulator for common everyday jolts.
A baby would not be protected against sharp blows to the abdomen, which might put the placenta at risk of separating from the uterine wall. Such blows might be experienced in a domestic violence situation or an automobile accident.
Try not to worry. At 13-weeks-pregnant, you have probably heard the baby's heartbeat and the greatest danger of miscarriage has passed. I wish you a very happy pregnancy.Answer: