Pregnancy Risks Education

If you say that you’re pregnant, you get a first set of recommendations. From friends, family members, doctors, people on the street or the package labels of different products. “Do this!”, “Do not make just that!”, “Do not drink alcohol!”, “Stay away from smokers!”, “Do not take too much caffeine to be!”, “Do not eat Sushi! “,” Think twice about it before you get on a roller coaster “. But no one says.! “Do not drive” What is the risk of driving a car, however, can be just as dangerous as smoking or drinking. As we analyze these kind of things, it’s important to understand the real risks for pregnancy. We recently went to in infertility clinic and we were lucky enough to get pregnant, what a tragedy it would be to go through all of that work to get pregnant only to lose it in a simple car crash.

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The risk for pregnant women behind the wheel is so relevant that doctors should ask mothers about their future driving habits. These are at least the conclusions which Professor Hank Weiss of the University of Otago in New Zealand draws in his study of the risk of injuries caused by an accident during pregnancy. “The degree of risk in this case is as large as in smoking or alcohol drinking,” as the doctor. To be involved in a traffic accident, can lead to complications such as premature birth or the detachment of the placenta.

The car is so deeply rooted in our lives today that we rarely consider it as a possible health problem. But that’s it. And not just because of the pollutants that indeed affect the whole population. For vulnerable people – such as pregnant women – it also provides a particularly high risk dar. two decades, White has examined the risks that exist for pregnant women and the fetus in a car accident. In his last – in the Journal of the Australasian Epidemiological Association released – this work he examined statistics from New Zealand, which show that 21 fetuses or newborns were between 1997 and 2007 in Oceania dead to the world. The island has – in Portugal and the U.S. – the highest percentage of vehicles on. And the distance is between 15 and 39 years, the New Zealand average, women cover there is also increased by 40% between 1990 and 2000.

Driving means increased risk. In the United States provide car accidents – according to another of Weiss and his colleague Catherine Vladutiu 2011 in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine published articles – the greatest accident risk for women during pregnancy represents a larger fall than a foot or by bicycle. Car accidents during pregnancy are the first cause of the accidental death of the fetus and the mother as well as for serious injury cases and deaths in the U.S. Every year, 92,500 pregnant women pull injuries in a car.

“We have created a climate that encourages the intensive use of the car,” says White. At the same time, more and more women are of childbearing age in the labor market and drive the car every day to work. However, as more and more pregnant women are exposed to the risk of a car accident, corresponds to the message that send the charge of public health, not of this reality. “You’d have to win the doctors for it is still a recommendation, which should be arrested in everyday life”. However, the reality in a way that non-driving in a car-centric world is in fact not an option.

Pregnant women should always have at least the seat belt around the hips and be informed of the risks of airbags. If possible, also driving a car at night or in bad weather should be avoided. Although these measures may in a world in which the car belongs to everyday life, appear extreme, you should think about it because of the risks to include these considerations in the Decalogue for pregnant women. White goes on here purely statistical. ” If you can reduce the distances that you normally put back by car, by half, the risk is reduced by half, “he concludes.

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