Seat Belt Safety During Pregnancy

How to safely wear your seat belt while pregnant


 

We are always focused on making sure that our little ones are properly buckled in while in the car. We know how important it is to make sure they are safe. It should be no different when it comes to a pregnant woman; of course you want to keep your growing baby safe! 

There is a large amount of research, innumerable experts and a long list of studies that have shown the best way to protect yourself and your baby is to wear your seat belt. The scary truth is that almost 170,000 car crashes each year involve expecting mothers. If you are wearing your seat belt probably, it can help to keep you and baby-to-be safe. 

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transport, there are a few adjustments that expecting moms can make to ensure they are protecting their bellies while driving in a motor vehicle. First, make sure you are wearing the lap and shoulder belts at all times. Never wear the lap belt across or above your belly, it should be secured low and snug on your hipbones.

Your shoulder belt should fit between your breasts and sit along the side of your belly. At some stage in your pregnancy, the shoulder belt may begin to cuts across your neck. Never place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your neck. If this happens, reposition your seat height (if possible) or look into purchasing a seat belt adjustor clip keep the belt away from your neck.

If you are driving the car, do not drive more than 5 to 6 hours a day and take regular breaks to relax and stretch. It is also important to ensure that your airbags are turned on, even when you are pregnant. Make sure the steering wheel is at least 10 inches away from your breastbone. If this is too far, tilt the steering wheel so that it is angled toward your breastbone. This will ensure that, if in an accident, your airbag can still protect you while shielding your baby.

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