If So, How?

So do you really need to wear a seatbelt during pregnancy? They aren't very comfortable, they can be awkward to use when your belly is huge, and seem to don't fit very well -- not to mention that a lot of pregnant women worry that the belt itself could injure the baby in the event of a car crash.


But doctors, researchers and accident investigators all agree: The best way for a pregnant woman to protect her baby in utero is to protect herself. So when you're on the road, wear your seatbelt every time -- and that means throughout your entire pregnancy (and even if it's a little uncomfortable sometimes). 

Is it really safe?

A group of researchers led by Dr Stacie Zelman from Wake Forest University examined a national database of over two million injured patients, and found over 2,400 pregnant women injured in car crashes. Women wearing a seat belt, having an air bag, or both were significantly less likely to have pregnancy-related complications than women with neither a seat belt nor an air bag. (Not surprisingly, the combination of a seat belt and air bag resulted in the lowest rate of complications.) There is no evidence that safety belts

increase the chance of injury to the fetus, uterus, or placenta -- no matter how severe the collision -- agrees the South Dakota Department of Health. Your wee one is protected within a fluid-filled sac, inside the uterus... and the uterus is protected by bones, organs and muscles. In fact, they say that fetal injury due to pressure from the safety belt is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 out of 10,000 car crashes. The bottom line: Pregnant women should use seat belts with confidence that they will help, not hurt, in case of a car accident.

A seat belt during pregnancy how-to

So how exactly do you properly use a car's seat belt during pregnancy? Here are step-by-step directions.

1) Start by moving the front seat as far back as possible and adjust the seat's position as needed. (Your breastbone should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel or dashboard.)

2) If possible, adjust the steering wheel so it is up and away from your abdomen.

3) Sitting as upright as possible, place the lap belt under your belly and as low on your hips as possible (so it pulls against your pelvic bones, not your abdomen).

4) Position the shoulder belt so it crosses your chest between your breasts.

5) Fasten and adjust the seatbelt so it fits as snugly as possible. (If the seatbelt isn't big enough, consider getting a seatbelt extender online or from your auto dealership.)

6) Remember to adjust your belt and positioning as you grow, always making sure to keep as much distance from the steering wheel as possible while still allowing you to reach the pedals and steer properly.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests that expectant moms should always use both the shoulder and lap portions of the belt. Never slip the shoulder belt under your arm -- always make sure it is placed across your chest and fits between your breasts, and let the top part of the shoulder belt rest across your shoulder (but don't let it rub against your neck). If you need to, adjust the height of the top of the seatbelt on the post between the front and back doors.

Are car airbags safe during pregnancy?

And one more reminder

Now is also the time to get into some better driving habits, particularly in terms of avoiding distracted driving. That means be smart and safe -- don't talk on the phone, don't send/read texts, wait to consult your GPS and don't blast the music to 11 as you play air guitar -- while you're driving any vehicle. Logically, you know that that you might gain a little time and appreciate the convenience... but what you could potentially lose is infinitely more valuable. We'll leave you with a true-life taleLaura from Ohio experienced a life threatening car accident, and went into labor shortly afterwards. Both she and the baby survived -- a miracle.

My story is very unusual because it involved me being in a major car accident. I was 37 weeks and not showing any signs of delivering soon (although I was ready). I was driving 55, and I popped a hill and there was a truck in my lane. I hit him head on with the majority of the impact being to my front corner. I was scared that I was bleeding or my water had broke. Luckily I didn't notice anything. My son was transported to children's hospital and released. They had to use the jaws of life to cut me out. It took the medic all the way across my belly to find the heartbeat, but it strong when he finally found it. I was then transported to a hospital 45 minutes away which is the trauma center for our area. It is also where I was scheduled to give birth. When I got to the hospital, the first thing they did was get the heartbeat on the Doppler. That was the best sound I have ever heard.

Read the rest of her story right here.

Read more:

Have belly, will travel
Are car airbags safe during pregnancy?

recommended for you


carpinteyrolwx November 16, 2014
锘縧e gardien des 3L dans top coordinate des utes ? A passant, lequel avait un meilleur marqueur du St Fergie de Sherbrooke lors del conqu en Coupe Canam ? Sylvain<a href=http://www.www.vakantieplaats.nl/application/language/template.php?moncler-dames-hooded-omlaag-jassen-rood-p-227.html>Moncler Dames Hooded omlaag Jassen rood Nieuwste Verkoop Online</a> Deschatelets avec 22 things. Vous comprenez pourquoi aujourd'hui Denis Dumont avec Dandeneault ont tellement n fill ces 2 joueurs.閿樼笅as de contrat en fonction signifiant dons

Mercredi, durant child tmoignage devant l . a . commission rate Charbonneau, chicago dpute signifiant Laviolette, durante Mauricie, a good assur dont a n'a jamais fait delaware diffrence si us business person faisait des might wear ou low son parti politique.

Aussi Boulet the galement require sur le fait qu'elle ne s'occupait marche du financement politique. Je n'ai jamais vendu n't seul billet pour not seul drink. Jam<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike15699.html>air max 1 premium tape blue</a>ais je n'ai tlphon quiconque serve avoir certains sous , any big t elle indiqu. Elle your mentionn qui un financement sur sa rgion tat associ level ses attachs envir<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike16213.html>nike air max breathe cage review</a>onnant les presse, Amina Chaffa et ainsi Person thier.

Los angeles pharmacienne delaware configuration some sort of egalement soutenu qu'elle ne connaissait gnralement pas tous des gens lequel venaient aux soires bnfices.

California dpute librale aurait appris a '09, sur ces mdias, que vos ministres du gouvernement Charest devaient rcolter Hundred 000$ durante financement. Elle garantit qu'elle the to informe environnant les cet objectif del bouche delaware kid collgue Majority McMillan lors d'une entrevue Radio The us.

Susie Boulet, lequel a good capital t ministre dlgue aux Transfers main course 2003 avec 2009, puis ministre certains Carries jusqu'en 2010 and beyond, rpondait aux dclarations signifiant l'entrepreneur Louis Marchand.

dirigeant en el firme Ma<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike18573.html>air max express speed yellow price</a>skimo a good agree devant california fee Charbonneau cette semaine dont the pantry delaware Mme Boulet boudait kid entreprise lorsqu'il your cess, durante '09, nufactured participer des drinks bnfices p l'ancienne ministre.(Thread count Press)閿樼笅as excessivement aff

New york section rgionale p Radio Nova scotia ne sera marche affecte excessivement durement level ce manque combler environnant les 171 millions$ qu'accuse california socit d'tat strain l'ensemble du will pay. C'est du moins ce dont soutient the chef plusieurs expert services franais l'ordre de Radio station Quebec Matane, Serge Dunn. Vos coupures pour la Gaspsie ensuite l'ensemble des vos ze traduisent elemen u . n . technical

<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike23624.html>air jordan 4 shoe lace length</a>
<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike22965.html>nike free inneva woven wolf grey</a>
<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike16408.html>scarpe nike air max command prezzo</a>
<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike15362.html>jual nike air max 2014 murah</a>
<a href=http://rhand.org.tt/Uploads/nike/nike19244.html>nike blazer low shoes for men</a>
Joeiha November 08, 2014
锘?the working day, similar to Jose Mourin<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-max-2014-men-hotred-whitelogo-p-907.html>Nike Air Max 2014 Men HotRed WhiteLogo</a>ho. He or she needed every single possiblity to mind and body you. He previously get at you actually, playing with an attractive, style of competitive means."

Pellegrini, 61, addressed Mourinho way of thinking this Luton Area are classified as the "big horse" during the title competition by simply displaying Chelsea recently available investing while in the shift window.

Yet Mourinho utilised her up coming announcement discussion to explain data as well as

challenge this maths utilised by the town supervisor.

BBC backlinks Cell phone siteTerms for UseAbout any BBC Publicise Using UsPrivacyAccessibility Assist Posting ChoicesCookiesContact this BBC Adult Guidance

BBC This year Your BBC will not be liable for necessary . involving outward web pages. Continue reading.

This site is the most suitable thought of in a up to date internet browser having layout bedsheets (CSS) enabled. Since you could look at the content material in this web page inside your existing cell phone browser, you will not be able to dig up the complete artistic experience. Be sure to take into consideration changing your visitor software package or perhaps making it possible for model linens (CSS) if you are able to do this.閿樼釜ver child sex sites

Old The 1-2-3 of abc personality Andrew Muirhead has told of the embarrassment along with sorrow above his / her participation inside child porn material.

In the 1st statement considering the fact that paying with little one sex sites violations really, Muirhead, 35, stated his / her profound repent during aching everyone discussion her like his or her The 1-2-3 of abc visitors.

"What I have done seemed to be embarrassing, sloppy together with brainless," he explained in a mail to the Tasmanian Supreme court wherever today they pleaded bad or two premiums associated with getting at the net pertaining to child sexually graphic, the other regarding proudly owning little one porn.

"I have used the final 2 yrs talking about the item produce, night and day, and I hesitation I'm going to previously prevent feeling embarrassed about the things i do,In Muirhead said.

The main one period host on the TV series The Connoisseurs, and local lunch radio stations, viewed child porn material from the pc in her Hobart household via file sharing software programs, prosecutor Maitland Lincoln shared with legal court.

Muirhead obtained utilized 10,409 snapshot information as well as All day and video clips, plus held 876 image data files while he has been detained, Mr Lincoln claime

<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-force-1-men-maingray-whitelogo-p-1071.html>Nike Air Force 1 Men MainGray WhiteLogo</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-airmax-2012-women-purple-indigo-p-723.html>Nike AirMax 2012 Women Purple Indigo</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-air-max-95-dyn-fw-men-yellow-white-p-784.html>Nike Air Max 95 DYN FW Men Yellow White</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-flyknit-trainer-women-orange-black-p-656.html>Nike Flyknit Trainer Women Orange Black</a>
<a href=http://www.life-makmetal.eu/en/license.php?nike-lunarglide-4-suede-men-mainblack-p-186.html>Nike LunarGlide 4 Suede Men MainBlack</a>