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How to Wear your Seatbelt the Right way, when you're Pregnant

So you’re expecting! Congratulation! We’re delighted to know that you’ve commenced your journey into the beautiful experience of becoming a Mother.

You’ve probably heard this more than often now, but let me reinstate that since you’re protecting a tiny young life within you, so you’ve to be more careful now than ever.

Similar is the case for the time you’re travelling. It is essential always to wear a seat belt when riding in a car, especially for the Moms-to-be. Seat belts are the most effective way to save lives and to avoid injuries during crashes.

Since you’re pregnant, it’s all the more vital that you wear your seat belt right.

Attention folks! This one is crucial!

Underneath are  Seatbelt safety tips to keep in mind when you’re expecting:

  1. A lap and shoulder belt combination is the safest style of wearing a seatbelt when pregnant.
  2. The lap belt needs to be placed below your baby belly, touching your thighs, low, comfortably fitted across your hip bones.
  3. The belt should never be worn above or across your belly.
  4. The shoulder belt should be adjusted in a way that it fits comfortably across the centre of your shoulder and chest.
  5. Never! And I mean never, place your shoulder belt under the arm or behind your back.
  6. In case you’re driving, be particular to keep your belly a safe distance away from the airbag. Your breast bone needs to be at least 10 inches away from the dashboard or steering wheel. Your seat will have to be moved back as your belly grows.
  7. Be sure to follow these and take good care of yourself; this will prevent mishaps.

I understand it’s not the best of questions because it surely is something you’d avoid thinking of; However, it is important, so we’re discussing it;

MUST READ: Tips on travelling during the time of pregnancy

How can a car accident affect pregnancy?

A car accident might cause massive damage depending upon the intensity of the injury, which may include:

  1. Preterm labour - This is labour that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  2. Premature rupture of the membranes - This happens when the sac around the baby breaks before a woman goes into labour.
  3. Placental abruption - This is a severe condition in which the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before birth, hence stopping the flow of food and oxygen to the baby
  4. Miscarriage - This occurs if a baby dies in the uterus before 20 weeks of pregnancy
  5. Stillbirth - This occurs if a baby dies in the uterus after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Wearing your seatbelt correctly protects you and your child. It is advised that you wear your seatbelt throughout your pregnancy whenever you decide to go for a ride.

Try to avoid driving more than 3 to 4 hours a day. Driving can be a highly tiring activity. Please don’t turn off your car’s airbags, instead, try to tilt your seat away from the dashboard and move it as far back from the panel as you can.

God forbid, but if you get in a car accident, regardless of the extent of the injury or the injury being none at all, get amedical checkup or treatment immediately. This is to make sure that you and your baby are safe. If you have contractions, pain in your belly or blood or fluid leakage, don’t waste time and call your health care specialist instantly.

Have a happy and safe pregnancy!

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