Speed bumps a risk to pregnant women, study finds


If you have a baby bump, you may want to careful about speed bumps, according to a University of British Columbia researcher who recommends slowing your roll when approaching the traffic calming devices. The study, published in the Journal of Biometrics, found that increasing a vehicle’s speed over speed bumps can be a risky move for pregnant women and lead to a host of issues, including minor injuries to the fetal brain, an abnormal fetal heart rate, abdominal pain and uterine contractions, among other complications. “There is lots of research about the importance of movement for women during pregnancy,” said Hadi Mohammadi, one of the authors of the study and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at UBC Okanagan. “Our latest research looked specifically at the impacts of sudden acceleration on a pregnant woman.” The study, which combined modelling data from crash tests with the fundamental dynamic behaviours of a pregnant uterus, also explored the effect of the vibrations of a vehicle on a woman in the third trimester of pregnancy.

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