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Pregnant women are 42% more likely to be involved in a ... Pregnant women are 42% more likely to be involved in a car crash during their second trimester (Getty)
New research shows pregnant women in their second trimester are more likely to be involved in a car crash serious enough to need medical care.

Researchers published their findings in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, according to the Los Angels Times. They combed through the medical histories of 500,000 women who gave birth between 2006 and 2011 to determine their crash rates before, during and after pregnancy. The average rate of car accidents reported in medical records for the group of women before pregnancy was 4.33 crashes per 1,000 women per year. In the first month of the second trimester that rate rose dramatically to 7.66 collisions per 1,000 women per year. The increased crash risk came regardless of age, socioeconomic status or any other factors.

All told, the numbers showed a 1 in 50 statistical risk of the average women having a motor vehicle crash at some point during her pregnancy.

Researchers speculated about what caused the increase in car crashes. They questioned whether fatigue, distraction, nausea or other annoyance that accompanies pregnancy might make a woman more vulnerable while behind the wheel.

The safest month turned out to be the last month of pregnancy. The researchers tracked only 2.74 crashes per 1,000 women. A year after giving birth their crash rates were half of what they were before pregnancy at 2.35 crashes per 1,000 women per year.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Some times accidents happen in the back seat.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can woman find anymore excuses for bad driving? Give us a break.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Really? Statistically, men cause more accidents, have more expensive accidents and receive more traffic citations than women. That's why car insurance in higher on average for men.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be interested to know whether women traveled in cars during their last month of pregnancy as they did earlier in the pregnancies. Nausea seems like an unlikely explanation since it usually ends by the end of the first trimester.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Baby brain" is why my ex-wife claimed to have gone off on me while we were trying to get her off the mortgage ( as stipulated by the divorce decree ). Try and do the correct thing and get blown up on. It was like being married again...Lol. After that, myslef and her new fiance started dealing directly with each other over his phone while he was out doing his national trucking route. Think he finally saw her "explode" for the first time. Good luck buddy....Thank heavens there is now 1500+ miles between the both of us and no kids involved. Unfortunantely for him, they have a kid on the way.
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, now let's use common sense. The reason women have more accidents in the 2nd trimester is because that's the trimester where they are told it is safest to travel and they also feel their best so they are then up to traveling! The don't get into accidents at the end because they are not allowed to travel and/or may have stopped commuting to work before they had the baby. Duh.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put that belt across your PELVIS not your stomach!!!!!!