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How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

Now that I have this baby bump, how exactly am I supposed to wear my car safety belt?

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Now that I have this baby bump, how exactly am I supposed to wear my car safety belt?

The Bump Expert

It may be tricky to buckle up now that you’re pregnant. (Over the belly or under?) You might be thinking of forgoing a seat belt because it seems uncomfortable or because you think it could smush baby, but don’t even think about it. The March of Dimes reports that there are nearly 170,000 car crashes involving pregnant women each year, and according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), research suggests that four out of five babies that were lost in car accidents would’ve been saved if their pregnant mothers had worn safety belts. So you should always wear one -- it may save your life or protect you from serious injury if you get in a car accident.

So here’s how to do it most safely -- and comfortably! ACOG suggests wearing the lap belt portion low on your hip bones and below your belly. You should put the shoulder belt portion to the side of your belly and across the center of your chest. Make sure the belt fits snugly and don’t place the shoulder belt under your arm. Wearing a safety belt too loosely or too high on your belly can cause broken ribs or other injuries if you’re in a car crash.

And if you’re the driver, you should take a few more precautions too. ACOG recommends limiting driving to no more than five or six hours each day, and if you’re driving for that long, make plenty of stops so you can stretch and relax. Make sure the steering wheel is at least 10 inches from your breastbone. If you can’t create that much space between your bigger belly and the steering wheel, tilt the steering wheel so it’s angled toward your breastbone -- that way, if you’re in an accident, your car’s air bag can protect you properly.

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The Bump Editors

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

I am so thankful I wore my seat belt below my belly...it saved my babies life. I was driving home at 35 weeks pregnant and I was hit head on by a drunk driver. Just moments before the accident I had unknowingly pushed my belt down because it had started to slide up my belly. When the truck came at me, I braced myself for the collision and my air bag went off. I did break both of my wrists, but thankfully my belly did not hit the steering wheel. My placenta abrupt 40-50% but they were able to save my baby's life by taking him by C-section two hours after the accident. I believe first that God protected us that night, but that His little nudges to adjust my belt may have made all the difference in my little one being here today crawling under my feet. So when you are preggo wear your seatbelt!

citygirl04 |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

i'm just 4 weeks and it's already bothering me. i hate it but i have to wear it. wow. that's amazing. (citygirl)

JulieNicholeDawn |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

i'll be 17 weeks next monday & i'm a plus-sized gal, so getting the lap belt section of the seat belt to stay across the tops of my thighs isn't exactly an easy task. are there any sort of seat belt manipulation devices on the market that would help with this? because i'm trying to protect my baby, & myself, as best as i can, but i don't feel i'm doing a very adequate job of it currently. :/

mrshazel |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

If you aren't wearing a seat belt, I look at it the same as drinking alcohol or smoking while you are pregnant. It is negligent. I know it depends on what state in which you reside as far as if it is illegal or not, but common sense should be used. Wear a seat belt!!!

BETHANYLCASEY |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

If you are pregnant in the second or third trimester now is the perfect time to accessorize your car with a special car seat for your baby. Also you should ask other mothers for Tips to Child Proof Your Car to apply them now, not after your baby will be born. Be very careful when you have your baby in your car.

marta8080 |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

There are several aspects that the pregnant women should consider. While working at a donate car USA agency I've met several husbands who were complaining about their wives. Apparently, many women just won't get in the car during the pregnancy.

TawnyCollyn |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

If you want more answers about this matter, you could talk with someone from car repair Philadelphia. I am sure that they can provide some useful insight.

xxCCCxx |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

Well, I have almost the same problem as yours, though I’m lucky that my baby bump is not so big. Anyway, it really pisses me off and I guess I am going to tell my husband to appeal to auto donations, because I would totally like to get rid of my car during the pregnancy period. If he does not accept my proposal, I think I will have to be more careful and just use his car more rarely.

amyabel68 |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

I bought one of those new cars Tucson last year, even before I found out I was pregnant. Back then I didn`t know much about cars, but I started researching on how many months do I have to wear the safe belt, because someone had told me pregnant women are not obliged by law to wear the safe belt anymore. For those of the future mommies out there who don`t know yet, the safe belt is not compulsory anymore in the last three months of pregnancy.

conquerer |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

We recently witnessed a car incident in the family and I saw my aunt having to go for a windshield repair LA for having her windshield broken. So, I am telling you, until my third trimester of pregnancy, I am really planning on keeping my safe belt on while I drive or simply travel by car.

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How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

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Steven888 |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

My sister was recently pregnant with her first child. Never ever wear the seatbelt over the pregnant stomach, always make sure that the seat belt is below the belly and secured around the pelvis. Your pelvis is very sturdy and in event of an accident it will be able to withstand the force of the seatbelt, your stomach and internal organs would not.. I work in auto glass center and whenever pregnant women come in I always tell them that they have to put the belt on their pelvis, if they can get someone else to drive them around even better.

Carglass1 |

How should I wear my seat belt during pregnancy?

Even if the seat belt might feel uncomfortable to wear while pregnant, must never drive without it on. Those who are customers of the Holzhauser Auto service, know that besides the quality maintenance services, the technicians also offer advices.

elizabeth675 |