Could Heavy Lifting Have Caused a Miscarriage?


Dear Midwife,
I and my husband used a ovulation test to define the two most fertile days. I still have two days to go to my period due day, but couple of days ago I lifted something extremely heavy. The evening after and the following day I felt pain in my stomach and back. Later I thought that my period was coming but now I don't feel anything.

Do you think that if I was pregnant I may have done a miscarriage? Thank you for answering.


It is very unlikely that you have caused a miscarriage -- it's practically impossible anyway, and the egg probably hadn't even implanted yet. Relax and good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.