Pregnant drivers more likely to crash

By Amanda Stewart,

A new study conducted in Canada of driving while pregnant could actually increase risk for serious car accidents.

The press release said that those who drive while pregnant are at higher risk for fetal death and chronic disability.

During the second trimester, the women studied had a 42 percent increase in the number of crashes that occurred. "Pregnant women often worry about air flights, scuba diving, hot tubs and other topics in maternal health, yet individuals may overlook traffic crashes despite their greater health risks," states lead author Dr. Donald Redelmeier.

Statistically speaking, 1 in 50 pregnant women will be involved in a car crash at some point during their pregnancy. The researchers did not find any raise in the number of falls or change in behavior with the women.

Redelmeier, according to Reuters, became curious about pregnant women and car crashes after being asked about being pregnant and riding a roller coaster. He said that he had never been asked about road safety for mother and child.

"Even a minor motor vehicle crash during pregnancy could lead to irreparable consequences for mother and child," states Dr. Redelmeier. "These findings underscore the importance of prevention and indicate that good prenatal care includes safe driving.

He added that doctors should remind pregnant women during routine visits to be especially cautious when driving.

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