October 31, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 Health Home >>  >>   

Pregnancy significantly increases risk of serious traffic crashes, study

Written by: QMI Agency
May. 12, 2014

(Fotolia)


A new study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that pregnancy significantly increases a woman's chance of getting in a serious car accident.

The study looked at 507,262 women over the age of 18 who gave birth in Ontario between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2011.

Focusing on whether common pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue, insomnia and general distraction could affect a woman when behind the wheel, the study followed each woman for five years -- four years before delivery and one year after.

Ad
Researchers found that during the first three years before pregnancy, the women had 6,922 crashes, about 177 per month. But during their second trimester, which lasts three months, the women had 757 crashes -- an average of 252 per month.

"Even a minor motor-vehicle crash during pregnancy could lead to irreparable consequences for mother and child," lead author Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a researcher with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, said in a release.

"These findings underscore the importance of prevention and indicate that good prenatal care includes safe driving."

View more news


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.