Pregnant Women More Likely to Crash Cars

Women are 42% more likely to be involved in car crash accidents when they are pregnant, concludes a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Pregnant Drivers

Researchers from Ontario, Canada, found that pregnancy significantly increased the risk of serious traffic crashes that required emergency medical care.

They set out to compare the risk of a serious motor vehicle crash during the second trimester to the risk before the women were pregnant.

They studied data on 507,262 women who gave birth in Ontario between April 2006, and March 2011, looking at whether common features of pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and distraction could contribute to human error and the risk of a traffic crash requiring emergency medical care.

During the three years before pregnancy, the women had an average of 177 car crashes per month, but during the second trimester, the women, as drivers, had 252 crashes per month.

The elevated risk during the middle of pregnancy equalled a 42% increase in serious traffic crashes from baseline.

Statistically, about 1 in 50 pregnant women will be involved in a motor vehicle crash at some point during pregnancy.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at Its4women commented "These findings underscore the importance of prevention and indicate that good prenatal care includes safe driving."

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