Car safety tips for pregnant drivers
From the moment you saw a positive on your pregnancy test, you will start your “alert” mode and do everything to protect your little baby. Car safety should become a top consideration. It’s not easy to drive when you’re reaching around your 25-pound belly disguised as a basketball. Driving under the influence of pregnancy can make you feel tired, nauseated, dizzy and unfocused. Studies show that expectant mums are more likely to be involved in accidents than women who aren’t pregnant. However, it’s safe for most pregnant drivers if you take a few extra precautions as you get behind the wheel!
Wear your seat belt
Use both the lap and the shoulder harness. Keep the lap belt down under your baby bump. Fasten the seat belt snugly beneath your abdomen. In the wintertime, remove your coat so that the belt stays low and in place. Pass the shoulder strap over your shoulder and across your chest between your breasts. You should feel snug without cutting into your shoulder or your neck.
Sit as far back as you can
The further away from the steering wheel you sit, the less damage you might receive in a car accident. Even a few inches can make a huge difference in a collision. Scoot the seat back so that you are as comfortable as possible while driving.
Rumors have been flying around that airbags can harm your baby. No research confirms this idea. Safety experts agree that an airbag can only help protect the mother and baby in the event of a car accident.
During pregnancy, you can become tired sooner than you did. Realistically gauge your fatigue before you get behind the wheel. If you’re too tired to concentrate, ask someone else to drive, wait until you feel a little more energetic or postpone your trip. Once you’re out on the road, eat regularly and carry snacks and water to keep your blood sugar level. Sudden dips can cause lightheadedness and dizziness.
If you are in an accident
Your baby will more than likely to be okay. Your muscular abdomen and the amniotic fluid offer a buffer from bumps and bruises. The main risk to your baby is separation of the placenta. This condition might cause vaginal bleeding, severe pain or contractions. Even if you don’t experience these symptoms, call your midwife or doctor immediately. Your caregiver will ask you to come in, examine you, listen to your baby’s heartbeat and perhaps do an ultrasound to confirm that you and the baby are doing well.
To conclude, do any right thing that can help you and your baby stay safe in the car. Don’t let your husband, family and friends worry about you too much!