Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Car Crashes

Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Car Crashes

According to a recent study, pregnant women are more likely to get into a car crash than before they were pregnant.

New research conducted by Dr. Donald Redelmeier and his team showed that pregnancy is associated with a substantial risk of a serious traffic accident requiring emergency care. The study conducted involved over half-a-million Ontario, Canada women and showed that the increased risk was largest in the early second trimester.

Those women were 42 percent more at risk of a life-threatening crash while driving compared to before they got pregnant, the study found. As a result, that means an extra 75 crashes are sending expectant mothers to the hospital each month in Ontario alone.

Physiological changes linked to pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue and insomniac, all increase the risk of driver error, said Redelmeier. As a result, the study showed that during the three years before pregnancy the women had 6,922 crashes (177 per month) but during the second trimester the women as drivers had 757 crashes (252 per month), a 42 percent relative increase.