Study: Increased Risk of Problem Births for Pregnant Women involved in Crashes

mvr crash sceneA new study looked at records for 878,546 pregnant women, aged 16–46 years, who delivered a singleton infant in North Carolina from 2001 to 2008.  The study’s goal was to look for trends or patterns in the data.

Among the findings:

  • Women involved in a crash while pregnant had elevated rates of preterm birth, placental abruption and premature rupture of the membranes, compared to pregnant women who were not involved in a crash.
  • Pregnant women who were not using a safety belt at the time of the crash were nearly 3 times more likely to have a stillbirth than those who were buckled up.
  • The risk of any adverse outcome increased if multiple crashes occurred during the pregnancy.

Researchers said that more research is necessary to further study how multiple crashes and vehicle safety features influence the outcomes of pregnancies.

The study was published online Oct. 8 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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2 thoughts on “Study: Increased Risk of Problem Births for Pregnant Women involved in Crashes

  1. I had an issue with a pregnant woman who was going to take her driving test and wouldn’t believe that she may be required to demonstrate the emergency stop exercise in her condition. As long as the seat belt is positioned correctly around the bump then there shouldn’t be a problem. She passed her test with flying colours.

    • Hi Russ,

      Agree that for driving tests, behind the wheel training and normal “everyday” driving, there should be no problem, but the G-Forces of most crashes can cause internal injuries to anybody — include a baby/fetus and its no surprise that there are increased “risks” of injury and such.

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