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Advice for pregnant women on using seatbelts

Advice for pregnant women on using seatbelts

01/08/2014

At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we would like to offer some advice to reduce any risks, paying special attention the seatbelts.
Remember that a seatbelt must be worn in every seat in the car no matter the length of the journey.  To begin with it is worth remembering that 3-point belts are much safer than 2 and the upper strap of these belts offers excellent protection in an accident. Pregnant women should always avoid using a belt with only two fixing points (some cars still have these on the back seats). Although using this is better than no belt at all.
To wear a seatbelt with 3 fixings, the pelvic strap must be placed over the groin and the upper strap between the breasts. Avoid the common mistake of passing the upper strap behind your back or under the arm or even sitting on the lower strap.
Regarding other safety devices, the airbag still offers safety for a pregnant woman, although you should move the seat as far back from the dashboard as possible (or between the steering wheel an and the body). The minimum distance to reduce risk is 25cms, and in an accident and the airbag fires, always have the fetus checked by your obstetrician.
And last of all to be more comfortable we suggest adjusting the steering wheel to above the chest or the thorax as opposed to down towards your belly, and keep the seat back upright. If you are making a long journey, take various stops to have a walk and keep the circulation going.
After giving birth it is often worth seeing your Doctor and confirm with him whether you need to wait 3 weeks before driving again or even six after a cesarean. For the baby everything should be prepared in advance and a child seat used on the trip home from hospital.

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