A 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.