In pregnancy, increased risk of traffic accidents
The symptoms of pregnancy are related to traffic accidents in pregnancy. Statistically, almost 1 in 50 pregnant women will be involved in a car accident at some point during pregnancy.
And is that according to a study published in 'Canadian Medical Association Journal', the pregnancy is associated with a significant risk of serious car accident which requires emergency medical attention during the second trimester of pregnancy.
The authors of this work showed that in pregnancy there is an increased risk of traffic accidents analyzing in 507,262 pregnant women if the common characteristics of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia and distraction could contribute to a human error and risk of traffic accident that it requires urgent medical attention. During the three years prior to their pregnancy, women suffered 6,922 accidents (177 per month), and in the second quarter, these women, as drivers, suffered 757 accidents (252 per month).
Pregnant, more careful behind the wheel
It is surprising that "pregnant women often worry about airplane flights, swimming, hot tubs and other health issues of the mother, however, they can ignore traffic accidents despite their increased risks for health, "says the study's lead author, Donald Redelmeier, of the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and physician in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Almost all traffic accidents could be avoided by a small change in the behavior of the driver. These findings emphasize mainly in the need to drive more carefully. Standard advice includes avoiding speeding, respecting signaling, minimizing distractions and always wearing a seatbelt during pregnancy, as even a minor car accident during pregnancy could have irreparable consequences for the mother and child. boy. These results underscore the importance of prevention and indicate that good prenatal care includes safe driving. Traffic accidents put the mother and baby at risk of fetal death, chronic disability and emergency medical care.