North Carolina study: car accidents cause pregnancy complications

We know that car accidents are dangerous. For pregnant women, however, it can be even more treacherous to be involved in a car accident. A pregnant woman can withstand the everyday bump or nudge, but a car accident is a different story. A recent study involving almost 900,000 pregnant women in North Carolina, between 2001 and 2008, was published in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine." This study proves just how dangerous car accidents during pregnancy can be.

Suffering trauma while pregnant is the leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In a car accident, victims often face abdominal trauma. Injury to the abdomen can harm the woman's organs, as well as the organs of the fetus.

The women in this study were between 16 and 46 years of age, all pregnant with one fetus. Using hospital records, the outcomes of various car accidents were studied. These women, compared to pregnant women who did not suffer any car accidents, were more likely to have preterm birth, premature rupture of the membranes, placental abruption and stillbirth.

North Carolina drivers have a responsibility to uphold while traveling on roadways. A negligent driver, who causes an accident, also greatly enhances the risk of pregnancy complications for a pregnant woman who may be involved in the crash. When pregnant women are involved in car accidents that are caused by negligent drivers, they have the right to file a claim against the driver. They may wish to seek financial retribution that will cover medical costs and other expenses, depending on the severity of the accident.

Source: Science Daily, Link Between Car Crashes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, No Author, Oct. 8, 2013

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