Is It Safe to Wear a Seat Belt While Pregnant?

Everybody, even pregnant women, must wear a seatbelt while driving. The best way to prevent injuries and save lives in the event that there is a crash is by using a seat belt. Pregnant women should take extra precautions when wearing seat belts in order to protect their baby and themselves.

A lap and shoulder combination is the safest type for a seat belt.

Place the seat belt in the correct position. The belt should be placed between your breasts and your collarbone. It should not touch your neck. The shoulder belt should not be placed under or behind your back. The lap belt should be under your belly and across your hips. The lap belt should not be placed on top of your belly. Your seat position can be adjusted. Adjust your car seat position as your body changes during pregnancy. Your belly should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel. After you have adjusted your seat, ensure you can reach the accelerator, brake and clutch while you are still in your comfortable position. To ensure that you see clearly, it’s a good idea to inspect the mirrors.

Tips to Stay Safe Driving

You can also help your baby and yourself drive safely. Airbags should always be on. Airbags should be left on, whether you are driving or riding in a vehicle. Experts agree that airbags protect mother and baby in case of an accident. Pay attention to your feelings. You should take a break if you feel tired, sick or unwell. You shouldn’t drive until you feel better.

Passenger seat: Avoid driving as your pregnancy progresses. It is safer to be in the passenger’s seat.

If you do drive, take caution. Place the seat so that your belly is at least 10 ins from the steering wheel. To ensure that the steering wheel doesn’t press against your stomach, tilt it toward your breastbone. Always wear your seatbelt. Consider using a seat belt positioner. Belt positioners are more comfortable and can help to redirect your seat belt in case of an accident. You should always consult your doctor before you use a belt positioner.

Using a Belt Positioner While Pregnant

There are three types of seat belts that can be used for pregnant women. Positioners made of soft material to keep the lap belt below the belly The hook is used to attach the seat belt between your legs. This allows you to move the belt away from your belly. Place a cushion or pillow between your belly and the seatbelt. Be aware that not all belt positionsers are made the same. These are some things to consider before you buy one.

How a car accident can affect pregnancy

While driving safely and wearing a seatbelt will help protect you and the baby, accidents can happen. Here are some ways a car accident could affect your pregnancy.

  • Preterm labor. A car accident can cause you to enter labor prematurely (before 37 weeks).
  • Premature rupture. A baby could burst in an accident before the woman gives birth.
  • Placental abruption. This is when the placenta splits from the wall or womb of the uterus before birth. This is dangerous as the placenta can grow in your womb, providing food and oxygen through your umbilical cord.
  • Miscarriage. If the baby dies in the womb within 20 weeks of gestation.
  • Stillbirth. After 20 weeks of gestation, the baby is stillborn.
  • Signs that something is wrong could include:
  • Contractions
  • You feel pain in your stomach
  • Leakage of blood from your vaginal area

If you get into a car accident, seek medical care right away.

Updated 01/24/22