According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women are 42% more at risk of getting into a car accident while pregnant. The study concluded that around 1 in 50 women get into a car accident at some point in their pregnancy. Although they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why their risk increases, but they take into account fatigue, distraction, nausea and other common early pregnancy annoyances.
Since the women in the study didn’t see an increase in car accident injuries when they were passengers but rather when they were drivers, it’s clear that it has something to do with being pregnant and driving. The study found that the safest month for women to be driving is the last month of their pregnancy. They noticed their risk decreased dramatically when compared to the first or second trimester of pregnancy. Instead of telling pregnant women not to drive, though, the study promotes not the idea of limiting drivers but of making sure they drive more carefully and are more aware of their surroundings.
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