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Hot days in summer increases the risk of injury for pregnant mothers so much so that statistics for injury is greater than for the general population. Most cases are due to motor vehicle accidents and falls and are believed to be influenced by a false sense of security in relation to perceived risk. Increase in weight, change in the center of gravity, altered balance, reduced visibility and decreased mobility attributes to the risk. Treatment of trauma is problematic in pregnancy as x-rays, surgery and narcotic analgesics are best avoided during this time. However, the type of injuries sustained usually requires more invasive treatment than non-pregnant females. Expecting mothers need to maintain their conservative sense of self preservation that is normally present in winter, icy months, but is lax during summer, i.e move more cautiously, avoid high risk areas if possible e.g stairs.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by HealthDay News
About: High risk of injury in pregnancy
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: HealthDay News
Author: Janice Billingsley
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