“Baby Brain” and Addled Mothers–To–Be
Maternal hormones wreak havoc on cognition and road accidents
Posted Jun 02, 2014
Dr. Redelmeier found that being pregnant made a woman 42% more likely to be involved in a serious car crash. Being pregnant turns out to be just as risky as having sleep apnea and choking oneself awake during the night. Multiple factors were entertained as a reason why pregnant women should be in their unique situation. Dr. Redelmeier concluded that there is something to the condition colloquially known as “baby brain” that affects expectant mothers. They can be tired, nauseated, anxious, and distracted by the upcoming big event. He suggests that reminding them of road safety should be a piece of their prenatal care.
Finally, Dr. Redelmeier cautions against young husbands taking over driving duties. Men in that age group turn out to be far more dangerous behind the wheels that their pregnant wives.