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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Pregnancy Linked to Elevated Crash Risk

Pregnant women may want to keep off the roads after learning this statistic: women in their second trimester are 42 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash that sends them to the hospital than they were prior to becoming pregnant. Why this is remains to be determined, but researchers suspect that the physical effects of pregnancy at this stage—fatigue, nausea, anxiety, mood fluctuations—can lead to distractedness behind the wheel. More...
Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 7:20:50 PM

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According to Jeffrey M. McKillop,,,,

The assumption underneath this risk is that potential cognitive deficits and/or fatigue associated with the second trimester of pregnancy may account for this increased risk. However, a more obvious variable may account for these results. Adverse weather is a noted factor in motor vehicle accidents with winter months accounting for a higher frequency of collisions. Similarly, the frequency of birth by month shows a trend toward greater number of births in early and late summer. Counting backwards, on average, most women will enter their second trimester during those months with the most adverse weather conditions, specifically January through March. When the accident occurred (that is which month) may be as, in not more, important then stage of pregnancy.
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