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Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:47 am

Last night when my husband was driving us home we were rear ended at a traffic light. Other than my neck and head being a little sore from possibly whiplash, I felt fine. The baby was also moving like crazy. So, when we called the police to file a report we didn't request EMS. We had to wait almost 2 hours for the police to arrive since we said no one was injured. When the cop arrived and saw I was pregnant he got an attitude with me and asked why I didn't get EMS to check me out with their "ultrasound." (I think he probably meant doppler) I told him I didn't realize I should have since I felt fine and we had even told the operator that I was pregnant. Another cop had even passed by right after the accident and got us moved to the shoulder of the road. He told us to just wait for a traffic officer when we asked what we should do. So, I called my doctor this morning to make him aware of what happened and am waiting for him to call me back. I still feel the baby moving. This is my first pregnancy so I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to do. Have any of you experienced this? Should I have gotten checked out even though I felt fine?

Re: Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:42 am

As long as you had your seatbelt on you and you baby are probably fine, other than soreness. Your dr may want to see you to double check, but as long as your kick count is good, and you have no major bleeding and you aren't leaking any fluid I'd say you are prob in the clear.

That being said, I'm paranoid about things and prob would have requested ems just to be on the safe side. You got rear-ended so I'm about 99% positive the other driver would be responsible for any related bills (or insurance would be) and I'd go for monitoring at 29 weeks. The good news is that even if you were to go into labor now, baby has a good chance at survival but a lot of nicu time. Also in a car accident, the baby is most protected cuz it is surrounded by its own "air bag" of amniotic fluid and probably just sloshed around a bit lol

Hope this helps and good luck! Ill be stalking for updates so please post when you get some answers :)

Re: Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:51 am

I would imagine that everything is fine, since you don't describe the collision as being too violent, and the baby has a good cushion of amniotic fluid in there. However, the best thing to do is go get checked out by a doctor asap - just for your own peace of mind.

Re: Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:52 am

Thank you both for the responses! When I called my doctor's office to make him aware of the accident they called me back and told me to go into labor and delivery right away to get checked out. When I went I figured they would just check the heartbeat but instead they hooked me up to the monitor and recorded the baby's heart rate for almost 2 hours. They also made sure I wasn't having any contractions. Then they did some blood work to check for coagulation. My doctor came and talked with me and asked me to explain what happened when we were rear ended. I told him I felt fine and the baby has been moving really well. He still had me do an ultrasound just to be cautious. The tech checked everything and said she mostly wanted to be sure the placenta was alright and didn't detach. So, after spending 5-6 hours at the hospital, I was finally told that everything was fine. In fact, the ultrasound tech said my baby was even measuring bigger than 29 weeks. (She is already 3.8lbs) My due date is still Sept 29th, but the size of her on the ultrasound was putting my due date closer to Sept 14th. Even though I knew everything was more than likely fine, it was still a relief to get checked out for reassurance.

Re: Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:56 pm

Awesome news! Glad all is well with you and your baby.

Re: Car accident - 29 weeks pregnant

Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:45 am

I know this there isn’t much activity on this for a long time and glad that both of them were safe, however, my cousin had a similar accident and the baby couldn’t survive the shock. At that time she was working for a Los Angeles DUI attorney and had a promising career which all collapsed.
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