Have you heard the myth that it is unsafe for pregnant women to wear seatbelts
because it will endanger their unborn children? You should know that it
is nothing more than that: a myth. It is not true.
Pregnant women must wear their seatbelts while in a moving vehicle to be
as safe as possible.
If wearing a seatbelt is so crucial to a mother’s protection and
that of her unborn child, how could this myth even begin? It probably
originates from the fact that pregnant women should use specific types
of seatbelts and wear them in a specific way, or else they could potentially
endanger their unborn child.
How to Safely Wear a Seatbelt While Pregnant
Pregnant women should only wear a three-point restraint seatbelt, or one
that goes over the lap and diagonally across the shoulder. The lap strap
must be snug on the hips and never be placed over the stomach. Any extra
layers of clothing – such as a thick coat – should be removed
if it makes the belt less snug or shifts it around while the car is in motion.
The shoulder strap of the three-point seatbelt system should rest between
the pregnant mother’s breasts and slightly to the side of her belly.
Placing it directly across the stomach could be problematic in a crash.
It should not be under an arm, behind the back, or over the neck.
A pregnant woman who is driving should also scoot the seat back as far
away from the steering wheel as possible without making it dangerous to
drive. The steering wheel should also be tilted upwards as much as is
comfortable. In the event of a crash, the airbag should then deploy away
from the stomach and towards the chest and face instead.
Lastly, when given the choice, a pregnant woman should always sit in the
backseat. Passengers on the left side of automobiles historically suffer
less injury than any other passengers caught in a
car accident. The backseat should not be prioritized, however, if it does not have
a three-point seatbelt system.
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