Pregnancy Carries Increased Risk of Car Accidents
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Car crashes often occur due to human error, but could side effects of pregnancy increase the risk of accidents? Nausea, fatigue, distractions, and poor sleep are common in pregnancy and can contribute to human error in automobile accidents, so a study in CMAJ sought to compare the risk of a car crash during pregnancy with the risk prior to pregnancy. Rates for accidents while pregnant were highest during the second trimester (7.66 accident per 1,000 women) and lowest in the year following pregnancy (2.35 per 1,000). Due to the potential for complications in pregnant women following a car crash, the authors recommend safe driving should be included in prenatal care guidelines.
Pregnant women were 42 percent more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident that sent them to an emergency room, compared to when they weren't carrying a child, researchers found. Redelmeier, who is also an internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said he got curious about the risk of vehicle crashes during pregnancy, because pregnant women would ask about the danger in other activities, such as riding a rollercoaster.
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