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Pregnancy and driving

Pregnancy and driving

The protection of the baby begins in pregnancy

There are still a lot of women who believe that the seat belt could injure their unborn child in the event of a crash. It is important to remember that the best way of protecting the unborn child is by protecting the mother, and the safest way to do so in a car is by putting your seat belt on.

When driving or travelling as a passenger, bear in mind the following tips.

Pregnancy and Driving

Pregnancy and Driving

In general, pregnant women can drive and travel in cars, using the seat belt in the normal way, unless her doctor says otherwise.

In certain cases, as the pregnancy progresses, it can also be a good idea to stop driving and only travel as a passenger. If, for example, a comfortable driving position cannot be found or when the mother's stomach is too close to the steering wheel. There should be more than 20cm space between the pregnant person and the steering wheel.

On long journeys, it is a good idea to increase the number of rest stops and for the pregnant woman to walk around to stimulate circulation.

Going back to driving after giving birth, should not take place for approximately 3 weeks after normal childbirth, and the mother should wait 6 weeks after a cesarean section. We recommend consulting your medical professional (the gynaecologist, obstetrician or midwife).

Very important!

If you are pregnant you must go to the gynaecologist if you have been involved in an accident, however minor.

Pregnancy and Driving

Better passenger safety

  • Whether you are the driver or the passenger, you must wear your seat belt correctly fastened.
  • The safest seat is not the front passenger seat. You should try to sit on the rear seats, and if possible, in central seat.
  • It is best to travel in a spacious and comfortable car. Don't forget to stop and stretch your legs. It is best to do this every hour or so.

Seat belt.  Basic Concepts

Pregnant women should always use their seat belt: it is the best way of protecting both the mother and her unborn child.

Any exceptions should be duly accredited by the appropriate medical professional and there should be a medical certificate attesting to this. If we cannot fasten the seat belt, we should avoid getting in the car, even as a passenger.

We should not forget that the airbag is less effective if it is not used in conjunction with the seat belt. For greater safety, the airbag and seat belt should be used together. As a pregnant person, it is important to sit as far away from the steering wheel or the dashboard as possible.

This is how the seat belt should be fastened:

Pregnancy and driving

Another common mistake is using cushions or pillows on the seat or clips to make the seat belt looser.

And when the happy day arrives...

The baby must be correctly protected in a baby seat or carrycot right from its first journey from the hospital or maternity ward to its new home.

Traveling safely with young children

The guide, "Infant and child safety in cars: Child car seats" (Spanish), drawn up by Fundación MAPFRE and the Federation of Spanish Regional Midwifery Associations (FAME) is aimed at helping parents to improve children's road safety.

The guide offers advice for children with special needs, it outlines all the different types of child car seats available and highlights the approval standards. The guide also covers Spanish legislation regarding passenger cars, taxis and buses, and offers advice on how to choose a good child seat and lists 10 pieces of advice on how to travel safely by car with children.

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