Tips for Driving Safely During Pregnancy

parking spot for mothersNow that your belly is expanding, you may be wondering what changes you should make, if any, in order to drive safely and protect your little one. Unfortunately, some accidents are unavoidable. Therefore, it is important to maximize your safety by following these guidelines:

  • Though it may be uncomfortable, doctors recommend that pregnant women continue to wear their seatbelts during their pregnancy. Just remember to never place the lap belt above your belly. You should place the shoulder strap across your chest, between your breasts, away from your neck and place the lap belt across your hips and pelvis below your belly.
  • Never place the shoulder strap behind your back or underneath your arm.
  • Remove extra layers, like coats and jackets, so they do not interfere with the placement of the seatbelt.
  • Continue to wear your seatbelt even if your car has airbags. Studies show that using seatbelts properly nearly eliminates the increased risk from airbags in car crashes. Airbags and seatbelts work together to provide optimal protection.
  • Consider using a TummyShield, a new product on the market designed to keep expecting moms comfortable and safe. 
  • You should also move the front seat back from the steering wheel. Your breastbone should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel or the dashboard.
  • When possible, opt to ride as a passenger instead of driving. This will help you avoid contact with the steering wheel in the event of a crash.
  • Drive defensively! There are a lot of careless drivers out there.

If you are involved in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention quickly. This is true regardless of whether or not you have any physical injuries. Trauma from a car accident can cause preterm labor and if there are injuries to the fetus, chances are you won't be able to see or feel them.

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Tips for Driving Safely During Pregnancy

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16 comments

  1. sayhola says:

    Since I work about an hour away from home, I was mainly only concerned when approaching labor, in the event I’d begin more significant labor while driving or away from home, alone. Luckily I only work 2-3 days/wk! 😀

  2. yeap I have become more cautious too and more as the passanger heheh

  3. Kesha says:

    very good advice

  4. I’ve become very paranoid about safety since become pregnant. Especially when others are driving.

  5. I have been much more cautious as a driver – and as a passenger since becoming pregnant.

  6. Jeanetta says:

    I’m 35 weeks now and I’ve stopped all driving, it does get on my nerves not having the freedom to get up and go whenever I want but I think it’s the best decision for me…

  7. Jeanetta says:

    Great information…I’m 27 weeks and still doing all the driving, not sure what I’ll do after I’m 9 months.

  8. CiaraAshlee says:

    why cant you have jackets

  9. Taylor's says:

    Ive actually enjoyed letting someone else drive for me while I play passenger, it’s kind of a nice change!

  10. DH says:

    I tend to have a lead foot. Good thing I have not been driving too much while pregnant, and if I do, I am never alone, so I get told to slow down 🙂

  11. Very important need to know.

  12. marichinno says:

    I always wear my seatbelt cause if I don’t I feel like I’m going to fly out of the car. Ever since the pregnancy I have started to drive slower and more cautious.

  13. maretondo says:

    these are important steps to take

  14. Sasoo says:

    I can’t move my seat too far back because I have a manual shift car. I suppose one can only try their best.

  15. xurai says:

    i try to be as careful as possible…the seat belt is so uncomfortable though.

  16. i am a very cautious driver every since i found out i was pregnant. it seems that now adays everyone wants to crash into for some reason but im so not gonna let that happen. doin my best to protect me and my unborns lives.

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