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.
"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."
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