Driving Safely & Comfortably While Pregnant
November 27, 2020
Always Wear a Seatbelt...
We understand that it may be very uncomfortable to wear a seatbelt in the car, especially while you are pregnant. With a pregnant belly and all the discomfort that this brings (we’re looking at you, incessantly needy bladder!), you may be tempted to stop wearing your seatbelt for even just a few minutes. This could kill you and your baby, so please wear your seatbelt.
Pregnancy Seatbelt Adjusters
If you are too uncomfortable wearing a traditional seatbelt, consider purchasing a pregnancy seatbelt. This kind of seatbelt is made for pregnant women as it is designed in a way that leaves you much more comfortable. With straps going on your thighs and around your hips instead of under your belly, you feel an increased level of comfort than a traditional seatbelt does not offer.
Wear the Belt Properly
Although wearing a belt is already a great start, you should ensure to be wearing the belt properly. More specifically, you should never put the belt behind your chest, such as on your back, or away from your shoulder. Ideally, the seatbelt should be away from your neck but not off your shoulder. It should be across your chest and between your breasts. Finally, unless you have a pregnancy seatbelt, the lap belt should be below your belly; this should fit across your hips and pelvis.
Adjust the Seat
Your seat should be in a comfortable and upright position. This means that you should also keep as much distance as possible between your belly and the wheel. If you are a passenger, move your seat as far back as you can, to avoid any impact from hurting your belly. It’s best to have someone else drive is possible, but if not possible, do not worry, just take the right precautions.
Avoid reclining the seat more than necessary to make sure that the gap between your shoulder and the seatbelt is not too wide. Try not to let your belly touch the steering wheel; if this is impossible, we strongly encourage you to find a way not to drive.