Study – Pregnancy increases the risk of a traffic crash

A Canadian study has found that pregnant women drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a serious crash where they end up in the emergency department.  Suggested reasons: nausea, fatigue, insomnia, distraction.

Current Australian antenatal guidelines do not specifically address driving or road traffic accidents.

According to an article on Organic Gender, it is concluded that “pregnant women should not stop driving as a result, but that doctors should emphasise the need to drive carefully”.

Musings…

  • Are the Canadian results translatable worldwide? Surely it’s harder to drive in Canada, trying to avoid all the moose/ beavers/ crazy Canucks fans…
  • “Pregnant women should not stop driving as a result”. Rubbish. I say more restrictions for pregnant women are needed (at the moment we only have soft-cheese-sushi-cold-cuts-listeria-booze-foetal-alcohol-syndrome-hot-tubs-hypotension-dehydration-spina-bifida-sex-in-hot-tubs-infection-contact-sports-trauma-scuba-hyperbaric-bubbles-death-everything-is-dangerous).  Pregnant women are clearly a danger to themselves and should be shackled for the duration of their pregnancy. Preferably by Christian Grey. Even more preferably with a chocolate fondue within licking distance.
  • “Doctors should emphasise the need to drive carefully”. Really? Because I usually tell my patients to drive erratically and dangerously. You know, just for fun.

REFERENCE
Redelmeier DA, May SC, Thiruchelvam D, Barrett JF. Pregnancy and the risk of a traffic crash. CMAJ May 12, 2014.

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