A 26-year-old mother-to-be was riding in a car that collided with a mail truck in Phoenix earlier this week. The 31-year-old driver had crossed into the path of the oncoming truck, according to an officer from the Phoenix Police Department, ultimately causing the crash.
Thomas Road and 33rd Street were closed for a short period following the collision, but initially there were no reports of serious injury. However, the yet-unborn-baby began to show signs of distress following the car-truck crash and the expectant mother was taken to the hospital where an emergency Cesarean Section was performed. Currently, the condition of the new mother and baby are unknown.
After even a seemingly mild car collision, a pregnant woman may experience complications that can result in fetal distress. Even if an expectant mother does not feel that she was injured during a crash, it is best to be examined by a medical professional that can check for signs of injury or distress to the unborn child.
Problems that can result from an even minor car crash can include placental abruption, premature delivery and miscarriage. If the mother herself did not strike anything herself during the collision, any forward force on her body could cause injury to the fetus that may go undetected if she is not examined by a doctor.
Warning signs that 911 should be called immediately after a car accident include:
- Bleeding from the vagina
- Loss of consciousness of the expectant mother
- Extreme pain in the mother-to-be's belly or pelvis area
The stress and emotional distress that may come along with being involved in a car accident can also affect an unborn child and should not be forgotten.
Source: KPHO, "Pregnant woman's baby saved after crash,"Steve Stout, May 23, 2012
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