ANSWER: There are conflicting reports on how harmful electric shock is to a fetus. The clinical spectrum of electrical injury ranges from a transient unpleasant sensation felt by a mother and no effect on her fetus to fetal death either immediately or few days later.
What happens when a pregnant woman gets shocked?
Data on fetal risks following accidental maternal electrocution are scattered. Fetal injuries have been reported to include sudden deaths, cardiac arrhythmias, intrauterine growth retardation, oligohydramnios, and abortion.
Can electric shock cause miscarriage?
Some risk factors for unfavourable outcomes of pregnancy can be gath- ered from the cases in the literature. The magnitude of the current causing the electrocution is clearly a risk fac- tor. High-voltage electric shock (eg, from an electrified fence) that passed through the uterus resulted in fetal death.
Will sudden shock affect early pregnancy?
Having a fright or shock during pregnancy: if you suffer from a fright or shock during pregnancy, it may also not increase your risk of having a miscarriage. Exercising during pregnancy: exercising during pregnancy does not increase your risk of miscarriage.
When should I be concerned about electric shock?
Following a low-voltage shock, go to the emergency department for the following concerns: Any noticeable burn to the skin. Any period of unconsciousness. Any numbness, tingling, paralysis, vision, hearing, or speech problems.
How do I know my baby is healthy in my womb?
The foetal movements are indicators of the baby receiving an optimum amount of oxygen in the foetus. The pregnant woman will start experiencing them ideally between the 6th and 10th week of the pregnancy. The doctor will keep a check on them to make sure that your pregnancy is healthy.
What are the after effects of electric shock?
When nerves are affected by an electric shock, the consequences include pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or difficulty moving a limb. These effects may clear up with time or be permanent. Electric injury can also affect the central nervous system.
Can a small electrical shock hurt a fetus?
Electric injury leads to fetal compromise and death in exposed pregnant women, mainly in the first hours after the injury. However, monitoring should be continued for the risk of complications such as placenta abruption, oligohydramnios and fetal distress.
Can Sudden Fear cause miscarriage?
Everyday stress does not cause miscarriage. Studies have not found a link between miscarriage and the ordinary stresses and frustrations of modern life (like having a hard day at work or getting stuck in traffic). Likewise, being startled by a sudden loud noise does not cause a miscarriage.
Can crying and stress affect unborn baby?
Can crying and depression affect an unborn baby? Having an occasional crying spell isn’t likely to harm your unborn baby. More severe depression during pregnancy, however, could possibly have a negative impact on your pregnancy.
What weeks are the highest risk for miscarriage?
The first trimester is associated with the highest risk for miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. A miscarriage in the second trimester (between 13 and 19 weeks) happens in 1% to 5% of pregnancies.
What causes head zaps?
Brain zaps can occur when a person decreases their dosage or stops taking antidepressants or certain other medications. They can also occur if a person forgets to take certain medications on their normal schedule.
Can you have a delayed reaction to an electric shock?
Symptoms include burns, loss of consciousness and trouble breathing. Delayed electric shock symptoms pose a serious challenge for electric shock victims because they prevent victims from obtaining the prompt medical treatment and care they need. Such delays can have harmful, long-term effects on victims’ health.