Pregnancy and Seat Belts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/03

Pregnancy and Seat Belts

If a pregnant woman straps a seat belt over her belly, could that be more harmful to her unborn child?

A study of nearly 9,000 women looked at police reports and corresponding birth and death certificates over a seven year period. The study was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

The results of the study send a strong message now, that women who stop wearing seatbelts during pregnancy because they're worried it will hurt the baby are instead increasing the risk.

Pregnant women without seatbelts were twice as likely to have excessive bleeding, and nearly three times more likely to miscarry.

The principal investigator is Lisa K. Hyde from Intermountain Injury Control Research Center at the University of Utah. Other investigators are Lawrence J. Cook, Lenora M. Olson, and J. Michael Dean, also from the university of Utah, and Harold B. Weiss from the University of Pittsburgh. The study is published in the August issue of the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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