Every driver and passenger should wear a seat belt when riding in a vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including those who are pregnant. The NHTSA provides tips on how best to use your seat belt when you’re pregnant, including the following:
- Always wear your seat belt. Even if your car has air bags, wearing a seat belt is necessary to ensure the air bags do the job they’re designed to do in a crash. Wear the shoulder belt across your chest and away from your shoulders, and tuck the lap belt below your pregnant belly so that it sits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.
- Move your seat. If you’re riding in the front seat while pregnant, move the seat as far back as possible. If you’re driving, put the seat as far back as you can while still reaching the pedals. Aim to keep at least 10 inches between your chest and the steering wheel or dashboard.
- Don’t turn off your air bags. Air bags and seat belts are designed to work together to provide protection in a crash. Most doctors recommend that pregnant women do not turn off the air bags in their vehicles.
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