Study: Pregnancy Increases Risk of Traffic Accidents

By | May 13, 2014
According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, if you're pregnant, you are 42 percent more likely to be involved in a serious traffic accident. The reason? Women who are pregnant are more prone to human error because of nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and distraction. No, this isn't a joke. The CMAJ surveyed 507,262 women, both before and after pregnancy, and determined that the ailments associated with pregnancy were the cause of increased traffic accidents. The study claimed that the surveyed women had 177 accidents per month before pregnancy, and 252 per month while pregnant.
"Pregnant women often worry about air flights, scuba diving, hot tubs and other topics in maternal health, yet individuals may overlook traffic crashes despite their greater health risks," claimed lead author of the study Dr. Donald Redelmeier. Looking at the stats he gathered, that means 1 in 50 pregnant women will be involved in a traffic accident. While this may be a legitimate study, this isn't to say that these women should stop driving. Dr. Redelmeier believes that they just "need to drive more carefully." But looking at the reasons for these accidents--nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and distraction--there are many other individuals who experience one or all of these symptoms, but there aren't stats on their driving habits. A person with the flu or other similar illness would have the same symptoms, and may drive to work, or the pharmacy, or the doctor's office. For us, we think this should be researched further, as there are more serious causes of accidents than "being pregnant." Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal