Protecting her unborn child is priority number one at all times for a pregnant
woman. So thorough do most pregnant women become when checking for safety
hazards that they start to double-check if equipment designed specifically
to promote safety is trustworthy. Is it safe to leave an infant alone
in a crib? Are outlet protectors actually impossible for a baby to remove?
Perhaps no piece of safety equipment is questioned more often by pregnant
mothers than the seatbelt.
Recently, a rumor has been circulating that states a pregnant mother actually
endangers her unborn child by buckling up due to the belt restricting her.
This is not true. There is no safety study on record that will tell you that it is safer
to not wear a seatbelt when pregnant than to wear one.
Everyone seated inside of an automobile should wear a seatbelt at all times.
The only sliver of truth to the rumor is that a pregnant woman may need
to readjust her seatbelt to completely protect both herself and her unborn
child. Strapping in without making minor adjustments could actually pose
a danger to a child in an accident. However, the dangers of an incorrectly-worn
seatbelt will not outweigh the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt at all.
Pregnant women should follow these tips whenever buckling up with a seatbelt:
- Seatbelts with lap and shoulder straps offer the best protection.
- Lap straps should be positioned below a pregnant woman’s belly and
touch her hips, not atop, across, or above the belly.
- Removing any outer layers of clothing, like a winter coat, can help ensure
that a seatbelt is comfortably snug and effectively restrictive in case
of a collision.
- Seatbelt shoulder straps should be positioned between a pregnant woman’s
breasts and slide off to the side of her belly as soon as possible. Do
not stretch or place the shoulder strap across a pregnant woman’s stomach.
- Looping a seatbelt shoulder strap under one arm provides no protection
and should not be done at any time.
- When a pregnant woman is seated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle,
the steering wheel should be pointed upwards, away from the belly, as
much as comfortably possible.
Pregnant women should sit in the backseat of an automobile when given the
option, as this is statistically the safest place in a car during a
What Pregnant Women Should Do After a Car Accident
Pregnant women should always visit a trusted physician after being in a
traffic accident, even if it was a minor collision. Unborn children are
susceptible to injuries that can go completely unnoticed until birth.
It is wise to err on the side of caution and see a doctor as soon as possible
whenever in an accident.
If you or your child are hurt in a car accident, you should explore your
legal options to pursue compensation from the liable party or negligent
driver. Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. and our Atlanta car accident attorneys
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