Published on July 27, 2017
Pregnant women involved in an accident should be exceptionally cautious with their health. Pregnant women are highly at risk after such trauma, and should be extremely careful not just for their own health, but also to protect their child.
Pregnant Women are More Susceptible to Injury
Pregnant women have unique risks after a car accident. Some sorts of physical therapy may not be suitable for pregnant women, so it’s important to visit your doctor and OB/GYN for immediate evaluation. The most serious complications following an accident during pregnancy include preterm labor, miscarriage, internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, birth defects, and induce high-risk pregnancy, which can affect both the mother and the child before, during, and/or after birth. These complications can occur even during minor accidents. Other complications include stress, mental anguish, and trauma. Complications can be both short and long term. It’s extremely important to seek help from a lawyer and medical referral service near you in order to begin the safest recovery possible for you and your child while receiving the help of a network of individuals who are there to work as a team for you.
What to Do Immediately After a Crash
Immediately after the crash, call 911 right away and seek medical treatment, especially if you experience loss of consciousness, vaginal bleeding, pain in your abdomen or pelvis, fluid leakage, and/or believe your umbilical cord is bulging down. In case this occurs, get on your knees so your bottom is positioned above your head to decrease the pressure on the umbilical cord until medics arrive.
Symptoms to Look Out For Following an Accident
Seeking medical attention right away is recommended regardless of symptoms, however, it is important to seek help, even if months after the accident, if you experience any vaginal bleeding or spotting, swelling in the face or fingers, leakage or increased discharge, severe or repetitive headaches, pain in abdomen or shoulders, vomiting unrelated to morning sickness, chills, fever, significant changes in the baby’s movements, painful or urgent urination, faintness, or dizziness.
Risks to the Baby
Coup and Contrecoup:
A fetus can suffer severe injury even when no physical contact has been made. Brutal stops can induce coup/contrecoup injuries, which occur when a moving/stationary object impacts the stationary/moving head strikes a stationary object. This blow, also known as “shaken baby syndrome,” can often cause rupture or disorganization of the parts involved.
Miscarriage is the involuntary loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. It’s not always to tell if a miscarriage is occurring, so it’s important to seek help right away. Symptoms to look out for include vaginal bleeding, especially with pain or discomfort, pelvic cramping, abdominal pain, or persistent aching in the lower back. Pain after an accident doesn’t always manifest itself immediately after an accident. Sometimes, symptoms only begin to manifest themselves a few hours to a few days after an accident occurs or after the bleeding begins.
Premature birth occurs when a baby is born under 37 weeks- such early births usually do not cause problems to the child. However, those born around 32 weeks can have trouble eating, breathing, or staying warm on their own. These babies can usually leave the hospital safely after further development. Those born prior to 6 months into pregnancy are at the highest risk of developing serious problems which can be life-threatening.
This is a serious condition in which the placenta partially or entirely separate from your uterus before the birth of the baby. This condition is usually caused by abdominal trauma sustained during an accident. Placental abruption can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, and excessive blood loss for the mother. Sometimes, placental abruption can lead to death. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, a tender, painful, or hard-feeling uterus, signs of preterm labor, regular contractions, lower back and/or or abdominal pain.
Injuries to a baby’s body or brain can induce serious, long-term life threatening problems. Fetal trauma can occur during a car accident from impact to the mother’s abdomen, lack of oxygen, and other infections or injuries. Eighty-two percent of fetal deaths are caused by car accidents.
Experiencing such a traumatizing event can induce serious mental and physical health complications to both a mother and her child. It’s extremely important to seek the right team of legal and medical experts for you and your family in order to experience the best and fastest recovery possible. We’re here to help you deal with such painful times and reduce your stress as much as possible. With attorneys and medical centers in our network located all over Florida, we’re sure to put you in caring hands. Our network is here to protect you and your child’s health and legal rights. Contact us as soon as possible at 1-800-INJURED, so you can promptly begin your recovery process. You’re not alone. We’re here to help.