Auto accidents are a leading cause of fetal deaths and serious maternal injuries, affecting nearly 93,000 women annually.
For pregnant women, being in a car accident is a scary thing to even think of. In addition to the injuries that they can sustain, their unborn child can also suffer a variety of injuries. Auto accidents are a leading cause of fetal deaths and serious maternal injuries, affecting nearly 93,000 women annually.
Expectant mothers who are involved in car accidents can face more serious damages and expenses compared to other injured people due to the increased cost of monitoring, and the need to treat the baby for any potential injuries. In this post, we will discuss some of the most common types of pregnancy injuries that can result from car accidents.
Miscarriage: This is probably the most tragic outcome of a car accident. The baby is well protected in its amniotic fluid, but when the stomach or uterus is punctured or the mother suffers a cardiac arrest, without breathing, a miscarriage can occur. Although miscarriages are rare in car accidents, it is still a possibility, so medical attention should be sought.
Birth defects: Premature birth or direct injuries to the fetus as a result of the car accident can cause birth defects. Premature or injured babies do not always develop serious disabilities, but the more serious the injuries or the earlier the baby is born, the higher the risk of injuries is.
Premature birth: Each year, 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. Premature birth is defined as the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks of gestation. A car accident can put excessive stress on the mother’s body and cause premature birth.
High risk pregnancy: High risk pregnancies are the ones that involve complications with either the mother or the baby. They need careful and constant monitoring and observation. Some pregnancies are considered high risk because of some pre-existing medical conditions. A high risk pregnancy can develop after the pregnant women suffers health conditions due to a car crash.
Placental abruption: This is a serious condition in which the placenta completely or partially separates from the uterus before the baby is born. Placental abruption occurs in one in 150 pregnancies. Any abdominal trauma sustained by the mother in a car accident can increase the chances of placental abruption.
Fetal trauma: Almost 82 percent of the fetal deaths are a result of car accidents. Fetal trauma from a blow to the mother’s abdomen, lack of oxygen and some other injuries and infections can have long term and even life threatening consequences.
Coup and countercoup injury: When a moving object hits the head while stationary, a coup injury may occur. On the other hand, countercoup injuries occur when the moving head hits a stationary object. These injuries are quite common in car accidents. While the mother is more likely to suffer these injuries, the baby can also get injured. In this case, the injury is known as shaken baby syndrome.
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