Understanding How a Car Accident May Affect Your Pregnancy

risks of driving while pregnantExpectant mothers in their second trimester are 42 percent more likely to be involved in a serious car crash than non-pregnant women, according to a study conducted in Canada. This is worrisome for many reasons, including that a pregnant woman’s condition can make it difficult for medical personnel to determine whether blood loss and other issues are related to the accident or the pregnancy. All drivers should understand how an accident affects a pregnant woman and her unborn child, as well as what signs can tell you when a pregnant woman should seek further medical attention.

Pregnant Women Face Many Risks

The potential for a serious injury in a car crash is great for any motorist. For pregnant women, however, these injuries put both baby and mother in danger. Even in crashes where neither the mother nor fetus make direct impact with an object, the sudden stopping motion can cause internal damage. Plus, car accidents come with additional risks to the pregnancy, ranging from minor to life-threatening. These include:

  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Internal bleeding
  • Early labor
  • Miscarriage
  • Placental abruption
  • Birth defects
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Death

Watch for Telling Symptoms

After a car accident, a pregnant woman should seek immediate medical attention. A doctor will be able to examine and monitor an expectant mother and her unborn child closely right after the crash. However, every pregnant woman must know what symptoms may be accident-related and should prompt her to seek further medical attention. These inlcude:

  • Persistent or spotted vaginal bleeding
  • Losing consciousness
  • Pain in the abdomen or while urinating
  • Fever
  • Vomiting not due to morning sickness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Regular contractions and other signs of pre-term labor
  • Any change in the fetus’s activity level

A Trusted Team Fighting for You

If you are an expectant mother who was recently injured in a car crash and you are concerned about paying for medical bills or getting enough care for your baby, it’s important you speak with an attorney today. The legal team at The Cain Law Firm provides personalized representation for injured pregnant women and fights for fair compensation for damages. To begin a conversation with us, reach out by calling our toll-free phone line today.

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