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Seat Belt Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

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seat belt safety, Joliet car accident attorneys, pregnant driver, car safety tips, pregnancy complicationsIf you are pregnant, you should never drive without wearing a seat belt. A seat belt can reduce your risk of a car accident and save your life as well as the life of your baby that is yet to be born. For this reason, the March of Dimes promotes seat belt safety to pregnant women.

How a Car Accident Can Affect Your Pregnancy

A car accident can increase your risk for serious pregnancy complications including:

  • Miscarriage: A miscarriage occurs when a baby dies in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy;
  • Stillbirth: Stillbirth is when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy;
  • Placental Abruption: Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the womb and can deprive a baby of oxygen in addition to causing severe bleeding to the mother; and
  • Preterm Labor: Preterm birth is when a birth occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. It can lead to challenges regulating body temperature, immature lungs, slow weight gain, and poor feeding.

How to Wear a Seat Belt Correctly While Pregnant

Fortunately, a seat belt can reduce your risk of serious pregnancy complications. However, in order for it to be effective, you must wear the belt correctly. Consider the following tips on how to wear a seat belt correctly while pregnant:

  • Make sure the lap belt and shoulder strap are always worn and fit you snugly;
  • Place the shoulder strap between your breasts and off to the side of your stomach. Avoid placing the shoulder strap under your arm;
  • Buckle the lap belt over your hips and under your stomach. Refrain from placing it across your stomach; and
  • If the shoulder strap adjusts, fix its length to make sure it fits you properly.

Other Ways to Stay Safe While Driving

In addition to wearing a seat belt while driving, you should avoid driving more than 5 hours each day when you are pregnant. Also, always keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel and avoid any type of distracted driving. Lastly, if your car has airbags, tilt your seat away from the dashboard and move it as far back as possible from it rather than turning them off.

Contact Our Joliet Car Accident Attorneys

Protecting yourself and your baby while you are driving and pregnant should be one of your top priorities. However, even if you wear your seat belt and practice other safe driving habits, you may find yourself in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence. If this is the case, reach out to our Joliet car accident attorneys at 815-726-9200.



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