Driving and pregnancy – how women should protect themselves and their fetus behind the steering wheel?

Pregnancy is an exciting time in every woman‘s life. Having another life growing inside of you is probably the highest possible form of love. However, moms to be don‘t usually want to isolate themselves – they want to continue working and shopping. And that is why they want to drive. SEAT presented 9 tips to pregnant drivers that everyone should know.

Pregnant women must wear a seatbelt, but it should not go over their belly. Image credit: SEAT

Why we say everyone? While men don’t get pregnant, they typically have to take care of women carrying their children. Knowing these tips may help avoiding some potentially dangerous or simply unpleasant situations. And that is why everyone should know this information, compiled together by a Spanish automaker SEAT.

First of all, pregnant women still must wear seatbelts. There is a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid putting on seatbelts, because they may cause more damage than provide protection. However, placed properly seatbelts can save life of both mom and her baby in case of an accident. The horizontal lap belt must be placed as low as possible, while the top belt has to go in between the breasts above the fetus.

Secondly, pregnant women should not sit too close to the steering wheel – a 25 centimetre gap is the minimum. Many people like sitting very close to the steering wheel to have the most comfortable driving position. However, sitting a bit further away doesn’t take anything away from comfort, but enhances safety dramatically. Also, both front airbags should be active – turning them off is not advisable.

Thirdly, driving will differ between trimesters and women should expect to adapt. While at the beginning the growing belly will not be much of an issue, with time moms to be will have to adapt and change their driving position. It is always good to keep the backrest as vertical as possible and to maintain that safe distance between the belly and the steering wheel. Some pregnant women prefer wearing pelvic bands, which increase comfort while driving.

Also, watch your clothes. Pregnant women should wear lose fitting clothes and flat shoes while driving. Frequent stops are probably going to be necessary anyway, so women should take a chance and walk around to increase their blood circulation.

Finally, women should know when to stop driving. While there is no actual agreed time when pregnant women should stop driving, most stop at around last month. Drivers should just feel, when it stops being safe for them and for their future baby.

Women have to feel good and active during their pregnancy. Driving provides independence and is kind of fun. However, pregnant women should drive responsibly with all safety precautions in mind.

Source: SEAT

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