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Have you ever been involved a car accident while pregnant?

Posted by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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Driving While Pregnant: Why It's More Dangerous Than You Think

When I was pregnant there were many days when I felt the best thing I could do for myself -- and the rest of the world -- was to stay home, in bed, and out of harm's way (oh, if only if were that easy). I was a clumsy, emotional, walking menace to society, especially during months 7, 8, and 9. There are also so many restrictions placed on us -- don't eat or drink this or that, don't dye our hair, don't use electric blankets -- that you can't help feeling like your every move could spell potential disaster.

Well, lucky us -- there's yet another thing most of us have to do every day that could prove pretty dangerous: drive a car. A recent study suggests that pregnant women get into more car crashes.

The worst time for us as pregnant drivers is in our "glow-y" second trimester, believe it or not. Researchers say this is probably because we have foggy "pregnancy brain," but feel better than we did in our first trimesters and are more likely to take risks behind the wheel because of it. Naturally, when our bellies are so big during the last trimester that they pretty much touch the steering wheel, we're constantly reminded to be careful -- so we experience fewer accidents during that time.

Here are some staggering stats for you. Women drivers who aren't preggers have an average of 177 accidents per month. But by the fourth month of pregnancy, those same women were involved in 299 serious crashes a month.

As much as I'd like to pooh-pooh this info away, I must 'fess up: I was involved in a car crash when I was about 3 months pregnant. While driving on the highway, in a pregnant fog, I must have been going 20 miles an hour because a woman hit my car from behind. We pulled over, and instead of doing what you're supposed to do -- exchanging info, calling your insurance company -- I did a very pregnant thing and began weeping, hugging the woman, and thanking my lucky stars that we survived.

She got away with not having to pay for my slightly damaged car, and I spent the rest of the day tormented -- wondering if I'd hurt my baby. I dropped everything that afternoon and visited my doctor, who gently reminded me that our babies are protected very well inside of our wombs and that it would take a lot more than a fender bender to hurt them.

Ugh. Can't say it didn't hurt to have to pay for my car's damage out of my own pocket.

I guess the take-away here is: pregnant women should exercise a bit more caution while driving. And then refrain from crying and embracing a driver who hits your car because you're in pregnant la-la land.

Have you ever been involved a car accident while pregnant? How did you handle it?

by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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oliveoil423
by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM
People fread out in how far my seat is to the steering wheel. I only got I to one and Luckly I wasMt to far along.
LittleRed80
by Bronze Member on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM
I got rear ended at about 27 weeks. I was pretty pissed because it was completely avoidable. The other driver was an idiot. I was angry at her for putting my baby and my other young children in danger. Thankfully no one was hurt and she had insurance. She is the one that sobbed and when the paramedics came to check ME they went straight to her because she was acting so crazy.
Allebas
by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM
I was in an accident when I was about 2 1/2 months along. We hit a patch of ice on a 6-lane freeway! We went parallel across the freeway with 2 semi trucks headed toward us! We slammed into the side of a car getting off an off-ramp. Our car headed back across those same 6 lanes of freeway and those semi trucks were still headed toward us! We came to a stop, and the semis flew past us! Scariest car accident ever! I wasn't driving. DH was. My baby was fine. I got whiplash. My car surprisingly, was still drivable! We were visiting a friend who lived several states away from us. I had to put DH on a plane back to the military or he'd be AWOL. I drove back to my friends house and stayed a few more days to let the snow melt. I drove home alone from Oklahoma to Colorado! It sucked! Luckily, the drive home was uneventful.
wkukid
by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM
We got hit 10 days before I was due. It caused a leak that led to a nasty long hospital stay and a c section I wasn't pleased about.
myfamilymylife2
by Bronze Member on Dec. 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I got rear ended a few weeks ago. The weather was horrible, raining pretty hard. Luckily I was on my way to a Dr appointment, otherwise I would not have been out driving. The lady that hit me was following too close and I could tell she was going to rear end me when I checked my rear view mirror. I wasn't too happy about it (pregnancy hormones hehe) but once I got to the Dr I had an ultrasound done and baby was fine. 

Mommy to: Vincent 4/30/04, Noah 8/22/07, Jocelyn 11/7/09, and Oliana 10/26/12~

Kcgriffin14
by Member on Dec. 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM
I was rear-ended for my first pregnancy at about 7 1/2 months... It caused me to go into preterm labor, they were able to stop it with breathazine (that stuff is horrible!!) I had a script of it to take at home along with orders to stay on bedrest, still managed to go into preterm labor and hospitalized a few more times.. Completely horrible experience.
courtAKAmommy
by on Jan. 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

I've only been bumped. However I'm so scared of a wreck while pregnant that I have my seat pushed as far back as possible and my stering wheel is pointed up as far as it goes. My husband laughs and says it like driving a school bus.

I also apparently drive really slow so hubby says.

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