There is no reason not to drive while pregnant unless you cannot sit comfortably behind the wheel. If you have the option, it is often safer to ride as the passenger while pregnant. This reduces the risk of injuries that might result from the proximity of your uterus to the steering wheel in later stages of pregnancy.
Pregnant women should be especially vigilant about their and their baby’s health immediately following an accident. This means visiting a doctor as soon as possible to check for fetal trauma and monitor in case of preterm labor. Even if you don’t believe you’ve been hurt, it’s always important to check in on the baby.
If you do believe you’ve been hurt, seek emergency medical services immediately. Maternal stress, blood loss, and oxygen deprivation can all increase the risk to the baby, making treatment and medical observation a necessity.
Some of the most common fetal injuries that can occur from a car accident are:
Premature birth, or preterm labor, can be induced by maternal stress. An emergency preterm birth can be extremely high risk for the baby and requires immediate medical attention.
Placental abruption is a condition in which the placenta partially or fully separated from the uterus. It can be caused by abdominal trauma and is threatening to both the baby and the mother.
Fetal trauma occurs due to injuries to the baby’s body and/or brain. It can be caused by abdominal trauma or a lack of oxygen and can have lifelong and potentially fatal consequences.
Shaken baby syndrome refers to brain trauma caused by the head striking a stationary object. This condition can cause lasting brain injuries and can be fatal to the baby.
Miscarriage is rare in car accident cases but it is still possible if the uterus is punctured or the mother experiences significant trauma.
The best way to avoid an accident when driving while pregnant is by following the rules of the road and ensuring you are comfortable in the car. Being a safe driver is the best way to avoid a collision.
As with any personal injury case, the damages you can claim are the damages you suffered. This means that any medical expenses caused by the accident for you and your baby can be recovered, as well as the emotional pain and suffering that can stem from being in an accident or losing a baby. To learn more about the damages you can recover, including property, lost wages, and wrongful death, contact Parker Layrisson Law Firm.
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