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Motor Vehicle Accident During Pregnancy


Tests show that you and your baby have no major injuries from your accident. Your baby's heart rate is normal and there are no signs of distress.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have abdominal pain, cramping, or vaginal bleeding.
  • You have pain or cramping in your abdomen or low back.
  • You feel a gush or trickle of fluid leaking from your vagina.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your obstetrician or healthcare provider as directed:

You will need close follow-up after your accident. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Car safety:

  • Wear a seat belt at all times. Seat belts protect you and your baby during a vehicle accident. Wear your seat belt correctly to get the most protection. Wear both the lap belt and shoulder strap. Place the lap belt under your abdomen and over your hips. Do not place the lap belt over your abdomen. Place the shoulder belt over the center of your chest and to the side of your abdomen. Do not put the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.
  • If your car has airbags with a switch to turn them on and off, keep them on. There should be a space of about 10 inches between the center or your chest and the steering wheel. If the steering wheel can be tilted, make sure it is angled toward the center of your chest.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.