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KBSI Perspective
After hundreds, probably nearing a thousand editorials over the past 15 years, I thought I had covered just about every subject.  I usually stay away from politics; there is plenty of cable chatter taking care of those issues.  But last week, I ran into something new, at least in my world.   I might be treading on dangerous ground here but the headline in USA Today said “Pregnancy Raises (Auto) Crash Rates.”  There has always been this myth or reality about the so called pregnant brain.  It is sometimes referred to momnesia.  According to reports, and don’t kill the messenger, it does exist and there is evidence from research showing deficits in memory.  But, here is he kicker; the brain is totally unaltered during pregnancy.  “It’s 100% normal to have memory lapses or be forgetful when you are busy, stressed and short on sleep.”  A recent Canadian study looking at records of 500,000 women who gave birth were tracked for four years before and one year after the births.  Before pregnancy women averaged 4.7 serious car crashes per 1,000.  By serious, I mean hospital treatment.  By the fourth month of pregnancy the rate climbed to 7.6 per 1000.  Go to the last month and the rate falls dramatically to 2.7 per 1,000.  One doctor in the study says there is a problem, “A normal pregnancy is associated with fatigue, nausea, insomnia, anxiety and distraction.”  Obviously, there probably is something to this study but I worry much more about my daughter or son-in-law driving with five rambunctious kids in a mini-van. To me, that’s a much more dangerous situation than the pregnant brain or momensia.  Sorry fellas, the insurance companies still say men are number one when it comes to serious accidents.  That’s a trophy we don’t need to have.Pregnancy & Auto Crashes


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