How to wear a seatbelt during pregnancy

“What’s the right way to wear my seatbelt during pregnancy?”

It is generally safe to drive while pregnant, however it is a common worry that a seatbelt might put too much pressure on your stomach and your baby.

Take a look at the following advice from Arrive Alive for moms-to-be:

  • It’s a common worry during pregnancy that if you wear a seatbelt it might put too much pressure on your stomach and your baby, especially if an accident occurs.
  • Studies have found that it’s safer for both mum and baby if you do wear a seatbelt and is much more dangerous to not wear one at all.
  • Whilst wearing a seat belt during pregnancy may not be comfortable, it will improve safety for both mother and baby.
  • When you must do the driving, learn to place the seat belt in the correct position – There is definitely a correct way to wear a seat belt.
  • Place the lap-belt part of the restraint under your abdomen and across your upper thighs so it’s snug and comfortable – The lap belt should never ever be placed on or above your belly.
  • Wearing a lap belt alone will do more harm than good. Research done by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents found that rapid deceleration in a crash caused injuries to the unborn baby when a pregnant woman was only wearing a lap belt.
  • Adjust your sitting position so the belt crosses your shoulder without cutting into your neck.
  • The shoulder belt should cross over your collar bone and lay between your breasts. It should be positioned so that it does not hit your neck.
  • Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
  • When travelling in cars fitted with air bags, the front seat (whether it be the driving seat or the passenger seat) should be pushed back as far as practical.
  • The belt should be worn as tight as possible -In this way the forces applied in a sudden impact can be absorbed by the body’s frame.

For more information about pregnancy and driving, Arrive Alive offers a great guide to ensuring your safety behind the wheel. Click here. 

Also read: Seatbelt safety over the festive period