If you are expecting to welcome a new baby into your family in the next few months, you may feel you are busier than ever. After all, not only must you go to regular medical appointments, but you likely also must gather nursery supplies and other items.
Having a car accident while you are pregnant may stop you in your tracks. To ensure you and your child remain healthy, it is critical to seek emergency medical care. You should also visit your obstetrician-gynecologist to determine if you are prone to a high-risk pregnancy.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is simply one where there is a higher likelihood of injury to you or your baby. In a car accident, you may sustain an injury that makes it difficult to carry your unborn child to term. Likewise, your baby may experience fetal trauma.
What are some accident-related pregnancy complications?
In addition to bodily trauma, there are other ways car accidents may complicate a pregnancy. Increased stress, for example, may cause you to develop high blood pressure or preeclampsia. You may also go into preterm labor, forcing you and your child to deal with the complications of premature birth.
What treatment options do you have?
In the emergency room after a crash, doctors are likely to order a number of tests and scans to evaluate your condition and gauge the health of your unborn baby. If you both receive a clean bill of health at the ER, you may want to ask a specialist to perform additional tests or otherwise advise you on how to minimize your chances of having a high-risk pregnancy.
Expectant mothers often face steep medical bills after car accidents. Ultimately, you may have an actionable claim for financial damages against the driver or drivers who caused the accident.