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WaterBored · 08/07/2015 20:56

Posting here, not preg-type threads, because want widest range of views.

Think we had narrow escape on Sat, but medics a bit dismissive. My Sis is about 14 weeks; we were in the park with my DCs when she got hit in the back really hard by a football. The lads who had kicked it were really tearful & upset, so ever-stoic Sis swore she was OK, but I took her straight to A&E.

The staff were really helpful, thorough check, scans etc; pretty clear that, praise be to Him, the baby was unharmed. But it was pretty clear also that the tests were all to reassure Sis, and that the medical view was that it was impossible for a baby to be harmed by a blow to the back. In fact, the consultant actually said something along the lines of, "If it's a back injury before about the 30th week, as long as the mother is going to walk again, I'm not going to worry about the baby".

Don't want to tempt the Fates etc, but is it really the case that babies are invulnerable to back injuries? This whole question is beginning to pray on my mind, so would be really interested in views, opinions, experiences etc.

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SlayZ · 08/07/2015 21:01

I see where you're coming from. If is an impact that has occurred but logically, I can't think that a bit of shake and surprise is going to cause much upset to a 14 wo fetus.

No direct impact has occurred. There was no squashing.

I think it will be fine.

Thank God it was her back tho Shock


msgrinch · 08/07/2015 21:02

Really? This actually happened? A and e? no no.


Icimoi · 08/07/2015 21:02

I reckon the medics probably knew what they were talking about.

Why "Praise be to Him"? If He was that interested, he'd have diverted the football in the first place.


ItsAllGoingToBeFine · 08/07/2015 21:03

Baby will be fine. Football bounced off spine/ribs would have barely rippledthe amniotic fluid if even that...


HellBoundNothingFound · 08/07/2015 21:12

Him! Haha

I'm amazed you went to A & E for such an event. They must've been very Hmm about it all


MarinaCoyle · 08/07/2015 21:16

Staff sound like they were lovely but agree that it was all essentially unnecessary.


Mrsfrumble · 08/07/2015 21:17

It sounds as if they gave her a thorough check over and did everything they could. What more did you want them to do? It's not as if they told you all to go away and stop wasting their time.


Minisoksmakehardwork · 08/07/2015 21:17

Hmm. While I would probably have shaken it off as nothing to worry about - I regularly had my older dc (at nappy change time) kicking my baby bumps when I was pregnant with dc2 and dts, I'd probably have spoken to my MW before attending a and e.

I was involved in a very, very minor car bump when pregnant once. I mentioned it in passing at a routine appointment the next day with my MW and she told me off for not seeking medical attention earlier. As I'm rh neg and dh is rh positive, I had to have the anti d injection, even though I had already had my precautionary anti d. The logic was better safe than sorry so she packed me straight off to DAU for monitoring and jab. Baby was of course fine, and I felt like a right numpty. But the MW at DAU said people attended for much less.

So in short, yanbu for seeking advice. But a and e would not have been my first port of call unless there was obvious injury which needed attending to by them.


OttiliaVonBCup · 08/07/2015 21:18

A football can do damage if it's kicked really hard and if bit hits you in a vulnerable bit.


cansu · 08/07/2015 21:19

I think people tend to be a bit OTT. I don't think an A and E visit is required for being hit by a football. Try and calm down, your sister is not suddenly made of glass!


GlitzAndGigglesx · 08/07/2015 21:20

What icimoi said!


DJThreeDog · 08/07/2015 21:20

YABU. She got hit in the back by a football. Get a grip.


maddening · 08/07/2015 21:20

Yy to calling mw first - they can refer to the maternity clinics for scans and checks.


Unexpected · 08/07/2015 21:23

Why have you name changed for this?


Kamden · 08/07/2015 21:24

She's been checked, please don't waste time by asking for her to seen again.


TestingTestingWonTooFree · 08/07/2015 21:24

Take the advice you were given.


tilliebob · 08/07/2015 21:25

My mum was in a serious car crash when heavily of with my db - he was fine although she wasn't. I fell down a flight of outside stairs when almost 4 mths pg - never occurred to me to go to A&E as I was fine apart from grazes and I could feel baby kicking away.


tilliebob · 08/07/2015 21:25

*heavily PG bloody autocorrect


SweetAndFullOfGrace · 08/07/2015 21:26

The fruit-of-the-week at 14 weeks is a nectarine. Surrounded by a lot of maternal body and amniotic fluid. The nectarine-sized proto-person is very hard to damage at that point!


NobodyLivesHere · 08/07/2015 21:26

I'm fairly certain the medics are more knowledgeable on what could hurt a foetus than you. People survive earthquakes whilst pregnant ffs


WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 · 08/07/2015 21:27

A back injury could affect a pregnancy. But a football in the back couldn't. Also, thats not a back injury.
Insane over-reaction.


WorldsBiggestGrotbag · 08/07/2015 21:27

The baby is well cushioned. She was thoroughly checked over. If the professionals don't think the baby is going to be harmed then I would take their word for it.
Also not sure why it's 'Praise be to Him', what did he do? He definitely didn't stop her getting hurt.


Silvercatowner · 08/07/2015 21:27

THIS is why the NHS is on its knees. We have lost all perspective and common sense.


AudiR8 · 08/07/2015 21:27

I think that everyone is being really harsh here, I went to A and E for various things during my pregnancy as I was scared of hurting the baby, it's a very common pregnancy fear.

Glad everything is okay OP and a baby in the womb is very protected, I've had consultants tell me the same thing as well.

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