Car Safety for Pregnant Women

Monday, February 02, 2015

A baby is well-protected in a mothers belly. But traveling by car can be hazardous for the mother and her unborn baby. Dr. Edward Hill has some car safety tips for pregnant women in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Trauma complicates one in 12 pregnancies. The most common traumatic injuries during pregnancy are motor vehicle crashes.

Women should wear a seat belt when pregnant, both the lap belt and the shoulder strap. In a car crash, seat belts are the best protection for you and your unborn child. Four out of five unborn babies who die in car crashes would have lived if their mothers had worn seat belts.

Buckle the lap belt below your belly so it fits snugly across your hips and never place the lap belt above or on your belly.

Place the shoulder belt between your breasts and away from your neck. Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. Pull the belt tight.

Move the front seat as far back as possible. Your breastbone should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel if you are driving, and at least 10 inches from the dashboard if you are a passenger.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.