Did you know that you can and must protect your child even before it is born when traveling by car? Protecting our children should begin from the start of the pregnancy. This is why the pregnant woman should wear a seat belt, providing her physician has not recommended otherwise, in which case the best option is to avoid car journeys where possible.
We also recommend you read Fundación MAPFRE's 'Infant and child safety in cars: Child car seats for vehicles’, which, together with the Spanish Federation of Midwives Associations (FAME) offers recommendations on how young children should travel from before they are born up until the age at which they can stop using car seats and start using only a seat belt.
SAFE FROM THE FIRST MOMENT
Generally speaking, it is safe to drive during most of the pregnancy. However, your obstetrician or midwife may advise you to stop driving due to complications or for your safety. It is advisable not to drive when:
-Your bump is too close to the steering wheel. There should be at least 20 cm between them.
-The mother feels unwell on such journeys, perhaps because she does not feel comfortable or agile enough or for health reasons.
Both as the driver and as passenger, the best way of protecting the baby and the mother is with a seat belt. In this instance a seat belt con save two lives. Therefore it is very important to position the belt properly.
The lower strap of the belt should go just below the abdomen and just above the hip bones.
-The upper strap should pass across the middle of the breastbone and collarbone. It should not be too close to the neck. It is important that the upper strap does not lie directly across the bump or over a breast, and that it does not go underneath the arm or armpit.
-You should not use pillows or cushions on the seat. It is also not a good idea to use clips for the seat belt.
There are currently devices on the market that can help you to adapt the seat belt for pregnant women. They must of course always be certified devices.
In this infographic we offer advice on how to travel safely both before and after pregnancy: