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Attention Iowa Moms-to-Be: Your Pregnancy May Increase Your Odds of Getting in a Car Crash

You already have enough to worry about. Every trip to the doctor leaves you with a seemingly new list of instructions: eat this, but not this; exercise, but not too much; rest, but stay active; and on, and on, and on. You are following this long list of instructions because you want to do what’s best for your baby. Above all, you want to keep your baby safe.

Here’s One More Concern to Add to Your List

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that women in their second trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk of being in a serious car accident. More specifically, the study found that the risk of being in a serious car crash rose by 42 percent for women who were in their second trimester of pregnancy. The risk fell again for women in their third trimester of pregnancy.

The study did not, however, describe why the odds of being in a car accident during the second trimester of pregnancy increased. Instead, it simply identified the risk. Thus, whether you are traveling on Interstate 380, Collins Road, or any other Cedar Rapids road during your pregnancy, it is important for you to know about the study.

What to Do With This Information

We are not sharing the results of this study with you to scare you or to discourage you from driving. Instead, we want you to have the information so that you:

  • Can be aware of the risk and drive safely.
  • Have a plan of what to do if you are in a car accident.

For more information about what to do after an accident, please request a FREE copy of our Accident Assistance Guide to keep in your glove box in case of emergency. It will walk you through all of the steps that you need to take if you are in a car crash during your pregnancy or after your baby is born.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham