Research has always pointed out the distinctive risks that pregnant women face. Unfortunately, maternal mortality is on the rise across the country increasing by more than a quarter since the year 2000. But women also have a risk of being 1 in 6 to experience domestic violence in the course of their pregnancy.


However, a new study indicates that pregnant women are more likely to be victims of trauma in higher levels. Presented at a conference in San Diego last week, a new study from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that accident related injury was more common for pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women were twice as likely to suffer violent trauma after serious accidents. Trauma from accidents or assaults complicates 1 out of every 12 pregnancies and is in fact the primary cause of non-obstetric death among all pregnant women.


Little is known about the many ways that trauma can impact pregnant women since incidental and accidental causes of death are excluded from many national and statewide maternal mortality reviews. If you or someone you know has already been involved in an accident while pregnant, there may be many medical complications for the mother as well as the child. Consulting with an experienced San Diego accident attorney as soon as possible is strongly recommended.