Driving while pregnant is common and your baby is generally well protected by you and the amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, but, there are a few very important safety tips you need to bare in mind before getting behind the wheel.
Here are my top 6 tips
1) Always wear a seatbelt, unless you have been given an exemption certificate
from your Obstetrician or GP. Some women aren’t sure how to wear it safely so
they just don’t wear it, read on to find out how to wear it safely.
2) Ensure the top part goes over your collarbone and between your breasts, the
lower strap should lie across your thighs, hips and under your bump. It should
be as low as possible and never over your bump this has been shown to cause
serious injuries to unborn children if you need to suddenly break or are involved
in an accident.
3) Move your seat back as far as you can, ensuring you are both comfortable and
can reach the peddles. Then tilt your seat slightly to gain more distance
between your bump and the steering wheel. Basically, you want to be as far
away from the steering wheel as safely possible. Finally make sure that the
steering wheel is tilted away from your bump but only if you can safely drive like
4) Avoid long distance driving if possible. If you do have to go on a long journey,
try and share the drive with someone else. Plan additional time to stop regularly
(your bladder will probably prompt you anyway), circle your ankles, have a walk
and a stretch. Get the blood flow circulating. Keep well hydrated, this is so
important during pregnancy but even more important if you are travelling long
5) Try and sit with your back flat against the seat rather than slouched. This will
reduce the slack on your seat belt and help to keep it tort so if you do suddenly
stop or are involved in a collision your movement will be minimised.
6) Finally, airbags are considered safe so you do not need to have it disabled
If you are in an accident, no matter how minor, you need to call your midwife or
doctor for a checkup. You may feel fine but an assessment is needed to make
sure there hasn’t been any harm caused to your or your baby. Also if your blood
group is Rh Negative you may need an injection called Anti-D, don’t worry about
this it is normal protocol.