Sometimes a pregnant woman will not even suffer a blow to the abdomen during the crash. However, the tightening of the seat belt around the abdomen, the slamming of the brakes, and the jerking motion brought on by the collision can be enough to cause serious injury to the baby. The sudden stopping movement may cause the placenta to disconnect from the uterus leading to a placental abruption, or it can cause contractions leading to preterm labor.
Even if a pregnant woman feels fine after the accident, she should get to an emergency room as soon as possible to get examined. Doctors and other medical professionals will examine the mother and baby to determine if there are any complications to either one's health.
An early fetal ultrasound and a full OB examination should be conducted during this time. Once sent away from the hospital, the expectant mother should watch for signs including:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Reduced frequency of baby's movements
- Leaking fluid
- Chills or fever
- Headaches and dizziness
- Swelling of the fingers and face
If your unborn child suffered a Kentucky birth injury due to a car crash, please call a trusted Fort Wright birth injury lawyer at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to find out about your rights in a free legal consultation.