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How Can You Drive Safely While Pregnant?

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Represent Parents and Children Injured in Auto Accidents .

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a person’s life. However, it does require some lifestyle changes to protect the growing baby and keep mom safe too. In most cases, driving is safe during pregnancy, but there are some things to be mindful of when you get behind the wheel.

One important way to protect you and your baby while driving during pregnancy is to wear a three-point seat belt. A seat belt is not the only way to protect you and your baby in a vehicle during a car accident. Here are some tips to help you sit safely in your vehicle to protect you and your fetus during pregnancy:

  • When wearing a lap belt, position it as far under your stomach as possible. Avoid placing it straight across your abdomen.
  • Position the shoulder strap as intended, which is over your shoulder and down across your chest.
  • If your vehicle allows, raise the steering wheel at an upward angle so the bottom of the wheel is not parallel with your stomach.
  • Move your seat back as far as possible while still allowing you to easily access the dashboard and gas and brake pedals.

Now that you are familiar with how to position yourself in the vehicle when pregnant, you should know some tips to drive safely and comfortably. Listed below are tips for a safe and comfortable driving experience while pregnant.

Plan to Make Frequent Pit Stops

When planning your trip, add in some extra time to stop at least every 90 minutes or so. It is good to get out of the car, stand up, and stretch your legs often. The need to urinate more frequently is common in the later stages of pregnancy, so plan to make plenty of bathroom breaks as well.

Pack Plenty of Snacks and Drinks

Keep plenty of water and healthy snacks in your vehicle. That is easier than stopping to hydrate and refuel. If you are having any nausea, plain crackers, ginger ale, and mints are good to have on hand.

Should I Stop Driving at Any Point During My Pregnancy?

Every person’s experience is different. There are no set rules on driving while pregnant. First and foremost, you want to make sure you can wear your seat belt correctly and are able to access all of the pedals and controls in your vehicle. If you have pain, bleeding, or any other symptoms, do not attempt to drive. Call your health care provider as soon as possible.

In most cases, it is safe for a pregnant woman to drive as it is for anyone else. Be sure to wear your seat belt positioned properly across your chest and below your belly, and be mindful of symptoms that can interfere with safe driving. Always talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Represent Parents and Children Injured in Auto Accidents

Our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. advocate for clients injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers. To learn more about your legal options and to schedule a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.