Driving a car during your pregnancy
Your baby inside of your tummy is generally very protected, but traveling by car can still be dangerous if you get into a car accident.
How to keep safe when driving a car during pregnancy:
How to wear a seat belt correctly
It is recommended that pregnant women wear their seat belts with the shoulder section positioned over the collarbone and the lap section placed under the abdomen and across the upper thighs, try to get the belt as low down as possible on your hips. Do not place the seat belt over your tummy or above your tummy.
Be a passenger in the car as much as possible
Do not drive when possible, especially when your stomach grows bigger and your uterus is getting much closer to the cars steering wheel.
Move your seat as far back as possible
When you need to drive a car, move your seat back as far as possible and tilt it slightly away from the cars steering wheel. Make sure that the steering wheel is also tilted towards your breastbone instead of towards your stomach.
Do not lean forward
Sit right back against the seat and try having a little slack in your safety belt as much as possible. This will help minimize the impact of your forward movement if a car accident and this will allow that the airbag operates correctly if an accident should occur.
Wear a shoulder and lap seat belt
Whether you are driving or are a passenger, always wear a full shoulder and lap seat belt, not a just a lap belt on its own.
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