The March of Dimes notes that there are nearly 170,000 car crashes involving pregnant women every single year and the...
The March of Dimes notes that there are nearly 170,000 car crashes involving pregnant women every single year and the CDC reports that the leading cause of fatal accidents among women of childbearing age is motor vehicle crashes. We all know healthy eating, exercise, and vitamins are important to a healthy pregnancy and baby, however, with the above facts in mind the number one best preventive health measure to take during your pregnancy might just be to wear your seat belt. Besides just protecting you, your seat belt also protects your unborn baby. Depending on how bad a car accident is you could be at a greater risk for miscarriage or preterm labor. Also, the March of Dimes points out that the more injuries you sustain during an accident, the greater the risks are to your baby. The best way to avoid injuries if you're in a car accident is by wearing your seat belt. How to wear your seat belt during pregnancy:
- Always wear both the lap and shoulder belt - you may think that the belt is constricting on your belly and thus harmful to your baby but it's not true. While seat belts aren't the most comfortable thing during pregnancy, they're still not harmful but super safe.
- Buckle the lap strap over your hips and beneath your belly.
- Never place the lap belt across your belly but under instead.
- Rest the shoulder belt between your breasts which may make it a little more comfortable and off to the side of your belly.
- Adjust the shoulder belt height to fit you correctly.
- Make sure the seat belt fits snugly and never place items under the seat belt for comfort (like a small towel) it reduces the safety of the belt.