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Tips for Pregnant Women and Driving

Road Safety

  • The safety belt must always be used correctly, whether it be a driver, copilot or passenger of a car.
  • The belt should be placed with the lower or pelvic band under the abdomen on the thighs, and tighten to the hips tightly around the pelvis. The frontal or diagonal or thoracic band must pass over the clavicle and between the breasts, surrounding the abdomen and never in front of it
  • Three-seat belts are more effective than two-seat belts. Whenever possible, it is advisable to use them with two anchorages.
  • Pregnant women can only be excluded from the use of the seat belt when advised by their gynecologist by means of a written certificate stating their situation and the approximate date of the end of gestation
  • Adjust the height of the seat belt as your abdomen increases.
  • Modify steering wheel and seat settings as many times as necessary during gestation to accommodate anatomical changes. The minimum separation between the body and the steering wheel should be 20 to 25 cm. If the steering wheel is adjustable in inclination, direct it towards the thorax and not towards the head or the abdomen.
  • Do not disconnect the airbag from the driver or co-driver, unless your doctor advises it for specific medical reasons
  • You should refrain from driving in the last weeks of gestation due to the impossibility of proper posture at the wheel due to the prominent size of the abdomen and the probability of starting abrupt contractions at risk of preterm delivery.
  • Driving should be avoided as soon as there is the slightest difficulty in handling the steering wheel or pedals, due to the size of the abdomen, especially in women of low stature.
  • The ideal is to drive accompanied from the 30th week of gestation
  • It is during the second trimester of gestation, between weeks 18 and 24 the best period to travel in a pregnant woman
  • For long trips, you should stop at least every 150 km or every two hours of driving, not less than 10-15 minutes, to rest, take food, go to the bathroom, walk …
  • Always carry water or liquids to avoid dehydration and foods rich in sugar such as candies or cookies to combat hypoglycemia.
  • Prolonged movements during pregnancy should not be made in the following cases: a history of preterm births, placental abnormalities, multiple pregnancy, hypertension or diabetes, and severe anemia.
  • In case of an accident, even if it is mild, the pregnant woman should urgently go to a health center to rule out any maternal-fetal complications.
  • After delivery, it is advisable to wait about 3 weeks in the case of a normal delivery, and 6 weeks if the delivery was by cesarean section; To resume driving.
  • After birth, a suitable child restraint system appropriate to the baby’s age and weight should be used from the first ride.

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