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Driving tips: Pregnant women in a car

Driving tips Pregnant woman in car
Can you travel by car speaker? Difficult to answer this question as pregnancy may be different from one woman to another. Indeed, it depends on the progress of your pregnancy, nearing the end and if you are part of high-risk pregnancies. The car does not have the ideal means of transport for pregnant women, but pregnancy is not an obstacle to driving … provided you take certain precautions.

Talk to your doctor, midwife or gynecologist, whether for a long or short trip. It will take into account the stage of fetal development, your health, as well as disorders associated with pregnancy (fatigue, nausea, backache, etc..). Warning: in case of risk of preterm birth, the car is not recommended.
Remember, however, that the car has more risk to you and your baby than the train. Besides traveling by car in your state is tiring and the stationary position of the legs is not recommended for your bloodstream.

For a long trip or if you are tired or near term, do not hesitate! Opt for the train or plane (up to 7 months).

If you still need to travel by car, follow these tips:

  • Avoid red from the day ordered and hot days. Otherwise take the train.
  • Stop every 100 km or every hour to stretch your legs, go to the bathroom and drink a little water. This will also break good driver!
  • Do not drive more than 3 hours per day.
  • Ensure your comfort and avoid shaking up (road or vehicle in poor condition). Indeed, shocks and vibrations are not dangerous in it, but you may cause contractions.
  • Cue a cushion lower back to ease back pain.
  • Checklist of things to take on board:
  • blood group card (and your medical records), especially as we approach the end
  • room (watch out for sudden cravings)
  • to drink (water course)
  • a fogger or a towel in hot weather
  • a plastic bag (in case of severe nausea)
  • a small cushion to wedge in the back to relieve back

Wearing seat belts is compulsory, pregnant or not!
Many misconceptions circulating about the alleged dangers of seat belt to the fetus … There is nothing!
For several years, studies show that it is no belt is dangerous.

A U.S. study shows that the non-seatbelt triple the risk of giving birth to a stillborn child and double that of placental abruption. Not to mention that the car accident also increases the risk of preterm delivery …

(Source: Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Following Motor Vehicle Crashes, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2013).

How to position his pregnant belt?
Simply drag the lap belt under the belly, the lowest possible on the pelvic bone (to avoid shocks to the abdomen) and the other part as usual between the breasts. And attached, you are safe. Rest assured, the belt does not hurt your baby. Note that during an impact at 30 km / h, the risk of death, injury or serious complications for the fetus is about 12% among pregnant women properly belted against 70% for those attached but incorrectly
(source: Fetal outcome in motor-vehicle crashes: effects of crash characteristics and maternal restraint “- American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – April 2008).

To help you, also think of the guide seat belt for pregnant women. This is a guide that fits over the head and repositions the belt to fix automatically under the belly of the mother, just at the hips.

What is the best place on board for an expectant mother?
Know that the safest places are at the back provided they are equipped with 3-point belts (that is to say with a diagonal strap and a waist strap).
If you sit in the front passenger seat, remember to move the seat so you can stretch your legs and improve your circulation. Needless to disable airbags, instead they protect you in case of impact, as well as your child.

Driving while pregnant
Fortunately for those who must take the road to work: driving and pregnancy are not inconsistent for short trips. But be careful!
Some disorders of pregnancy may in the early months, a real danger on the road: fatigue, nausea, dizziness … They are not to be taken lightly.
You may also be more responsive or sensitive to aggression from other drivers. If you have a choice, do you not therefore impose this unnecessary stress.
Then, very quickly, your belly is round will hinder you in certain maneuvers such as reverse, without forgetting the contractions that will soon be at the rendezvous.
So limit your travel if possible and do not drive over long distances.

Watch out! After an accident, however small it may be, consult your doctor to examine you. Even if you’re not hurt, your baby may suffer from shock or long term.