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12 Apr

Seatbelt Safety During Pregnancy

By Mum-in-Charge! Posted In Pregnancy News

Wearing a seatbelt during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, nethertheless it is a legal requirement and one that should be taken seriously for you and your unborn child.

ROSPA supply the following information:
The safest way for pregnant women to wear a seat belt is to :
* Place the diagonal strap between the breasts (over the breastbone) with the strap resting over the shoulder, not the neck.
* Place the lap belt flat on the thighs, fitting comfortably beneath the enlarged abdomen, and over the pelvis not the bump.
* The belt should be worn as tight as possible.
* In this way the forces applied in a sudden impact can be absorbed by the body’s frame.
* It is not advisable to wear ‘Lap only Belts’ as opposed to lap and diagonal belts as they have been shown to cause injuries to unborn children in the event of sudden deceleration. Mother and unborn child are both safer in a collision if a lap and diagonal
seat belt is being worn correctly.

If you would like to know some more about car safety, why not take a look at the BeSafe Pregnant Car Safety Hip Belt. This unique system ensures the seat belt does not intrude across the abdomen and diverts pressure to the pelvis rather than directly to the baby. It’s safe, secure and BeSafe believe, the most sensible option for travelling whilst pregnant.

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