Your body is designed to protect your baby; the amniotic fluid in your womb offers some protection to both the baby and the placenta from sudden impacts, but car crashes can cause injury and pregnancy complications. Any time you're in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, you should be examined by a doctor. If you are pregnant, this is especially important.
Our Lee's Summit, MO auto accident lawyers suggest that you head to the emergency room as soon as possible and call your obstetrician or midwife to schedule a check-up for your baby.
The emergency room doctor will check you for injuries. She will do a thorough exam of the fetus and placenta, including an ultrasound.
An ultrasound is the best way to check for injuries such as placental abruption. A placental abruption can occur if a sudden jolting causes the placenta to separate from the uterus. A placental abruption can lead to serious problems including: heavy bleeding, miscarriage, or premature delivery. There may not be any symptoms, but it will be detectable on an ultrasound.
If you are Rh-negative fetus and have experienced any internal bleeding, you may get a shot of Rh immunoglobulin if there's any chance that your blood has mixed with your baby's.
If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding or contractions, you and your baby may be monitored for several hours or overnight.
Once you are released to go home, you will still need to watch for symptoms. Symptoms that indicate a problem include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Leaking fluid
- Abdominal pain
- Decline in the baby's movement
- Fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.
Learn how you can protect yourself and your baby from Missouri car accident injury while pregnant, read our article: "Five Tips For Safer Driving While Pregnant."
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