Motor Vehicle Crashes are a Worrisome Hazard for Pregnant Women

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported on the findings of a study of over 850,000 North Carolina women aged 16-46 (who gave birth to at least one child) during the years 2001-1008. The study focused on the effect of auto accidents on these women. The results found that auto crashes are a large concern, especially if the pregnant woman is not wearing a seat belt at the time of the motor vehicle crash. The study examined North Carolina vital records and accident reports. It analyzed adverse outcomes, car crashes, and car safety features. The findings of the study, in more detail, were these:

  • The leading cause of hospitalization for pregnant women is a car crash.
  • Abdominal trauma is a major cause of death for the mother and the fetus.
  • In particular, the study found that pregnant drivers had higher rates of early births, placental abruption, and early membrane rupture than non-accident women when there was just one crash.
  • These statistics were much worse when multiple crashes were involved.
  • Stillbirth rates increased when a vehicle accident occurred when driven by a pregnant driver who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Stillbirths were three times more likely when the pregnant driver didn’t wear a seatbelt than when a seatbelt was used – according to Catherine J. Vladutiu, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
  • Failure to have an airbag also contributed to negative pregnancy outcomes.

The net result is that pregnant women need to be especially careful when they get into a vehicle. The consequences of a car accident can be fatal to the mother and the unborn child.

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