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I was injured when I slipped on a wet floor in a Cedar Rapids grocery store. I am eight months pregnant. Could the fall cause me to lose my baby? What should I do?

Pregnancy affects a woman’s balance and increases the risk of injury in an Iowa slip and fall. Fortunately, you are more likely to be injured than your unborn child. Your baby is protected in your womb by the tough membranes of the uterus and the cushioning provided by the amniotic fluid.

It is very rare for a slip and fall to cause injury to a fetus, but you should still seek medical care even if there are no outward signs of injury.

A pregnant woman should see a doctor after any major fall because there could be damage to the placenta. Signs of damage to the placenta include vaginal bleeding, leaking amniotic fluid, abdominal pain, and uterine contractions. These symptoms require immediate medical attention. So, your first step should be to contact your midwife or doctor.

Once you and your baby have been checked by a professional, you will want to take steps to protect your injury claim. Since pregnancy can affect your balance, it is very important to show that your injury was caused by negligence rather than poor balance.

Take These Steps to Protect Your Iowa Slip and Fall Claim

  • Report your injury to the owner or manager of the property where you fell. Ask to fill out an accident report.
  • See if you can determine what caused your fall. Take pictures if possible.
  • Get the name and phone number of anyone who witnessed the fall.
  • Write down everything you remember about the accident.
  • Keep the clothes you wearing at the time of the incident; they may be used as evidence.


Don’t sign anything until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney. Hupy and Abraham offers free consultations to injury victims. Take advantage of our free consultation offer to learn about your rights and whether you have an Iowa slip and fall claim.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham