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Seat Belt Safety for Pregnant Women

Lil Tip: Driving While Pregnant

Women can come up with all sorts of excuses not to buckle up — wet nails, crying baby or it only being a short drive. But the law to use your belts becomes extra important when you've got precious cargo in your belly.

To ensure safety for you and your bump,


When you finally get yourself into the car seat, bring the belt buckle low so that it rests across the hips, not the belly. Place the shoulder strap between the breasts to provide balanced restraint.

If you are going on a long road trip, make sure to stop every couple of hours so you can stretch and get the blood circulating.


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schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I didn't have to adjust my seat at all, kikdawn, and I'm pretty short, too (5'3). Maybe there is more room than you think or maybe it was just my car. I also had absolutely no issues with the seatbelt and never found it that much different than before, except that the belt rode below the belly.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I've also always wondered how much a pregnant belly makes you move your seat backwards. I am really short (5ft) and I have to have to seat moved all the way forward so I can reach the pedals :OOPS: Short legs!! lol But when I look down I don't see enough room for a pregnant belly. I can move it backwards some and have a little more room... but not enough (or what I think is enough). Has the happened to anyone else?
backfat backfat 9 years
That's great and all, but the belt won't lay flat across my legs so it is on my belly. Stupid car manufacturers.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Oh my, when I was pregnant I had always placed the belt under my arms. It was a huge discomfort due to that I was pregnant during the winter months and the bulk of the coat didn't help much.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
These are great tips!
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