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A new study made in Canada has found out that among the many risks usually associated with a late stage pregnancy, a new one ads up – multi-car accidents are prone to happen.

According to the report, published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and conducted by a research team led by the University of Toronto has come to the conclusion that the risk for a pregnant woman driving to become involved in a multi-vehicle accident that leads to a medical intervention is quite serious – it rises 42% from the three years period to the pregnancy.

“The message here is not to stop driving,” said Redelmeier, a staff physician at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “The message is to start driving more carefully.”

The study was conducted on 500,000 women in Ontario, giving birth between 2006 and 2011, and was triggered by the fact that several studies conducted before revealed that car accidents have been revealed to be the No.1 factor that determines trauma death to the child fetus.

According to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Donald Redelmeir, from the University of Toronto, no less than one in 50 women is in risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash during pregnancy. The research found that while the first and third trimester are not accident prone, figures for the second one jumped to an average 6.47 crashes per 1,000, which is triple of the overall crash rate for Ontario.