Pregnancy is indeed a blessing for a couple and their family. For 9 whole months, everybody wants to hold a chubby cherub in their arms that would bring all the joy with his (or her) innocence. While pregnancy is generally considered as a time to cherish and make the best of the maternity period and pamper you like a California chic, sometimes, things can go way too wrong.
Even though accidents are really common, but for pregnant women, they can be even more nerve-wracking and traumatizing. Not only it affects her health but it can also leave a negative impact which can be seemingly invisible and unfelt like whiplash from a car accident initially on her child that has not seen the face of this world yet.
The opinion does not revolve around confining those very special mommies to be within walls so that they are safe but instead, it is important that all of you ladies out there who are expecting a child anytime soon need to take extra precautionary methods while hitting the roads.
Adverse Effects of Accident on Pregnant Women
Here are a few most common injuries or say “serious damage” that can happen to the fetus if you are involved in a car accident.
If the mum is in shock and distress after an accident, the infant mortality rate is 80%. The body of your mother considers that somehow the fetus is essential in hypovolemia. This is an emergency in which serious blood or fluid loss makes your heart unable to pump enough blood into the body. The body of the mother must shed blood from the womb, legs, and other non-essential organs to maintain its core function.
Placenta abruption is caused when the placenta dissociates itself before time from the uterine wall. This detachment reduces blood flow to the placenta. Usually, the simplest of accidents can cause this problem as this attachment is quite delicate. This is a medical condition that requires immediate attention from the doctors meaning that it can be fatal for the baby if not the mother. This is one of the most life-threatening damage as well as injury among pregnant females during a car accident. While it may be common in small accidents, the risk of having placenta abruption is 30 to 50 percent in major traumas.
Obviously, a positive result for fetuses is nearly impossible if a mother has fatal injuries, particularly when she has a fatal effect. This is why according to medical specialists and doctors, saving the life of the mother is extremely important in a car accident.
Direct Injury to Fetal
It is claimed that direct fetal injury occurs in less than 10% of accidents with pregnant people. Head injury, which is the largest part of the fetus, is the most common fetal damage to the head. Officially, head injury is known to occur from squeezed between the pelvic maternal and the steering wheel or screen. As we saw the pregnant women fetus in passenger seats which struck neither a steering wheel nor a dash but that only reached the seat belt may sustain head trauma.
Common Symptoms After a Car Accident
In general injury to the infant may be caused by:
- severe pain of the pelvic region
- rapid or intense urination
- heavy vaginal bleeding
- lack of consciousness and dizziness
- swelling of the face or hand of the parent chills or fever, nausea
- motion shifts of the baby
Also, read about: Vaginal Discharge: What’s not normal?
What is important that needs to be done after a car accident?
Go to the doctor
It is extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as there is an injury even if it is whiplash from a car accident. Nevertheless, pregnant women consider themselves in a different situation. Although you may have sustained minor injuries you feel are not going to need a trip to the ER, your child may have suffered a car accident. Only low impact injuries may leave an infant with multiple traumas which can trigger medical complications instantly and in the future.
If you experience contractions of the
- vaginal bleeding
- severe pain in the abdomen
Child Problems after Accident
The uterus region of the pregnant mother is built as well as possible to protect the baby. Nevertheless, the impacts of a car accident may trigger a so-called placental abruption. Placental abruption happens if the placenta is separated from the uterine wall early. This prevents blood flow to the infant when the placenta disconnects.
Seek Legal Help and Attention
You should be able to accurately fulfill the specifics of the insurance claim calculations and lawsuits for injuries with all the medical reports, forensic documentation and data on witnesses obtained. In the event that the adjuster of damages needs further information to help settle on a payment number, you will also have proof. In any scenario, you may need to bring a lawsuit against the guilty parties in order to receive medical care insurance, loss of wages or penalties.
Obviously, medical bills are huge and it is extremely important to seek compensation for all the medical bills that have been coming out of your insurance or your paycheck, therefore, if you can, don’t hesitate to hire an attorney right after the accident.
Recovery from a minor accident is easy for people but it can be quite pressurizing for pregnant females. As a pregnant woman, you must focus on getting yourself completely recovered from the entire trauma that hits you. For this purpose, do not hesitate to seek the services of a professional chiropractor of physical therapy specialists who would help you in long term recovery.
For pregnant women who have been involved in a car accident, it is extremely important to seek medical attention right after the incident happens as it can be extremely unforgiving for the mother as well as the fetus. Go for therapy and also don’t forget to seek compensation for the bills.
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