Seatbelt safety during pregnancy
Surprisingly, many pregnant women don’t wear their seatbelts. They think it will put too much pressure on their abdomen if they get into a car accident. Others find it too uncomfortable with their bellies. A recent study shows that 12% of pregnant woman are not buckling up.
It is very important for pregnant women to wear their belts. It is a dangerous decision not to. Unbelted women are nearly three times more likely to lose their baby in a motor-vehicle collision than those who were wearing a seat belt. Car accidents are the leading cause of fetal death. Women who are in a car accident and didn’t wear their seatbelt are more likely to have excessive bleeding during labor.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that seat belts be worn during pregnancy, with lap belts placed under the abdomen and shoulder belts strapped diagonally across the chest. They make maternity seatbelts for women who think it too uncomfortable to wear them. Gerber Collision and Glass give thumbs up to pregnant women who are buckled up.