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Falling During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy often brings clumsiness along with it. I try my best to avoid precarious situations, but sometimes my body does its own thing. While flats typically make my legs look short and stubby, they usually afford me a level of comfort and agility.

The other day I sported a new pair of bright blue ballet flats to work and was feeling quite agile for a woman entering her last trimester. As I made my way down the San Francisco hills, I stepped on the smooth surface of an electrical cover and completely ate it. Both feet flew out from under me leaving my tush and hands to break the fall. Humiliated of course, I slowly pulled myself together and gingerly walked the rest of the way to the bus stop. Luckily, I got a seat and was able to lick my wounds.

I refuse to wear sneakers with a dress, but I'm not sure what other footwear would work if my flats aren't doing the trick. Combat boots?

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kia kia 8 years
Seriously?? I am just learning about this. My BFF had a big fall once a week for like a month as she entered her third trimester. I had no idea but figured it was pregnancy-related since she has been a jock with great balance her whole life.
Moms Moms 8 years
I'm a klutz who has spent a lot of time on the ground, but the San Francisco streets are such a mess that it's hard not to eat it even when you're wearing flats or sneakers. babysugar — what you need is a driver:)
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I also biffed it a couple of times in pregnancy. Once was early on and I was bowling...I felt like a total fool. The second time was a little later in pregnancy and it was icy. That one kind of freaked me out because it was a really hard fall. I called the may want to do the same. I agree with kittyhill - try the puma's, or anything else with a grippy sole. It'll work wonders!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I say a woman in her third trimester should be allowed to wear whatever shoes make her feel comfortable. And that included fuzzy slippers and heels.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
OMG, are you OK! So sorry to her you fell. I fell in train car. It was raining and their was a wet spot. I was 4 1/2 month pregnant.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
Puma's got some great ballet flats that have a grippy rubber sole... They might do the trick on those tricky manhole & electrical covers. Also, if you're cheap like me because you know you'll never wear them again once you have the baby, Lands' End just came out with some "Terrain Jane" Mary Janes & ballet flats that are more casual, but still grippy.
annebreal annebreal 8 years
I'm really accident prone (although not pregnant) and something I've done in my flats or heels with smooth soles is take a knife and put a few cross hatches in there, just scratches, not penetrating or anything. It's supposed to stop you from going flying on smooth surfaces.
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 8 years
I have fallen so many times while pregnant (not this time... so far) Did you go to the doctor?? I really recommend it, because they baby could have turned in your belly. I think I wore heels up until the 8th month (not everyday). But try getting not so flat flats if that makes sense, or some with rubber soles. I am so scarred of getting bigger and clumsy, I fall down my stairs at least 3 times a year. so bad!
sofi sofi 8 years
:hug: you poor thing. I thought you were going to bring up crazy bus lady-lol! Hop you are ok and so glad you got a seat on the bus. I hate sneakers with skirts/dresses. It seems like 60% of the women do this here in DC. You need something cute but with some traction. Don't they make a shoe pad (dr. Scholl's) for the bottoms of shoes? Maybe like a sandpaper finish for a bit of traction? I thought there was something out there. Please, be careful. Heck, risk the fashion no-no if it means safety in these critical last months :)
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 8 years
I feel your pain! My doc ordered me to take off my 1" heels at 7 months pg but I'm already under 5ft. It's bad enough I can't reach anything with heels let alone without. It was painful but I had to suck it up and wear fugly flats. booo! It sounds like a good opportunity for shoe designers, comfy flats that look good. Hmm, what a concept. ;p
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