9 months, 9 driving tips – When should pregnant women stop driving? 9 months, 9 driving tips – When should pregnant women stop driving?
• Correctly fastening your seatbelt reduces risk of serious fetal injury by more than 50% • Sit with your belly at least 25cm away... 9 months, 9 driving tips – When should pregnant women stop driving?

• Correctly fastening your seatbelt reduces risk of serious fetal injury by more than 50%
• Sit with your belly at least 25cm away from the steering wheel to avoid direct impacts in the event of an accident
• Women with a healthy pregnancy should not worry about driving as long as they follow a series of recommendations

Martorell, Spain – Can seat belts cause injury to a pregnant woman? Are there any medical objections to driving? Some pregnant women may have concerns regarding whether or not to get behind the wheel, while others are completely comfortable right until full term. If the doctor does not suggest otherwise, it is perfectly safe to drive as long as some recommendations are followed.

1. Always wear your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is mandatory for pregnant women in most countries. Javier Luzón, who heads vehicle safety development at SEAT. “The lap belt must be placed as far down as possible in order to restrain the woman at the pelvis and avoid putting pressure on the fetus. The diagonal shoulder belt must go over the abdomen, between the breasts and rest on the collarbone.”

2. Reduce by half the risk of serious fetal injuries. Half of all possible serious fetal injuries in the case of an accident could be prevented by correctly wearing the seatbelt, according to the latest studies. Without this safety device, a direct impact with the steering wheel “could cause serious injuries, such as placental abruption or uterine rupture”, warns Dr. Emmanuel de Sostoa, who is the head of Gynaecology at SEAT’s new Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre (CARS), which is located in Martorell and is the only one of its kind in Spain.

3. Keep your belly about 25cm away from the steering wheel, if possible. Sliding your seat back away from the steering wheel helps prevent injuries in the event of an accident if the lower part of the steering wheel comes into direct contact with the woman’s abdomen. This isn’t always possible as some women carry smaller babies than others, or you might sit closer to the steering wheel to reach the pedals than others. If your belly is right on top of the steering wheel, it will be safer to stop driving or consider working from home if your employer allows it.

4. Always activate the airbag. Experts point out that it is advisable to activate both front seat airbags, when a pregnant woman is either driving or sitting in the front passenger seat.

5. Comfortable and safe month after month. There is a huge difference between driving during your first trimester of pregnancy and between month four to nine. For this reason it is important to adjust the position of the seat as the months go by, adjust the seat back as vertical as possible and adopt a correct seating position.

6. Wear a complementary pelvic band. Some women, especially if they are in late pregnancy, optionally choose to wear a pelvic band below their belly. Although it is not mandatory, it can make your trip more comfortable.

READ: How important are pelvic floor muscles during childbirth?

7. Loose, comfortable clothing, flat shoes and relaxed driving. As in any other normal circumstance, pregnant women are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes when driving. It is also advisable to increase the safety distance to avoid any sudden manoeuvres and unpleasant surprises.

8. Make frequent stops. It is generally advisable to avoid making long trips. Constant hunger and the need to take frequent bathroom breaks are common among most pregnant women, so it is recommended to stop often, and take advantage to walk around and activate your blood circulation.

9. When should I stop driving?: There is no explicit prohibition in the case of a healthy pregnancy. According to Dr. Sostoa, pregnant women must exercise “common sense” and stop driving when they no longer feel comfortable behind the wheel. For this reason, women often stop driving during the last month of their pregnancy.

Obinna Onyia

  • Asaada

    2017-08-28 #1 Author

    I drove my whole 9 months pregnant. I had to do what I had to do , working, school etc. Unless your’re in pain I don’t recommend it but if you don’t go for it

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  • Sheridan

    2017-08-28 #2 Author

    Good information to share!!!

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  • Za’mon Dent

    2017-08-28 #3 Author

    Driving should stop at a certain month. The earlier months is fine

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  • Robin Griifin

    2017-08-28 #4 Author

    🙌🏽 Thank you Jesus!

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  • Quinika

    2017-08-28 #5 Author

    They should stop driving atleast like 2 months before the due date

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  • Shakiyla kirkland

    2017-08-28 #6 Author

    Its always good to follow the ruless for safety

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  • Shakiyla kirkland

    2017-08-28 #7 Author

    Good safety. Please follow the rules

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  • Rakyia

    2017-08-28 #8 Author

    This Article Is Very Helpful

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  • Nia

    2017-08-28 #9 Author

    I agree I stopped driving at 7 months pregnant.

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  • Teasia Harris

    2017-08-28 #10 Author

    I really love this website.

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  • Summer

    2017-08-28 #11 Author

    This helps out a lot because I didn’t enjoy wearing my seat belt when I was pregnant.

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  • Jasmine

    2017-08-29 #12 Author

    I feel like pregant women can drive just not close to their due date , because anything can happen such as their water breaking. I hated to drive period while i was pregnant because i was scared something was going to happen

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  • Miranda

    2017-08-29 #13 Author

    Great Advice! I definitely will use this next time.

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  • Shikeara

    2017-08-29 #14 Author

    Best thing I’ve read

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  • Marilyn

    2017-08-29 #15 Author

    Just got a good info here..will practice them nxt pregnancy

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  • Tamesha

    2017-08-29 #16 Author

    This is some great advice .

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  • Faith Nemah

    2017-08-29 #17 Author

    Wow, thanks for shairinf currently expecting so I would definitely use pro caution

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  • Erza Guray

    2017-08-29 #18 Author

    I think as soon as you know your pregnant, you should atop driving. Safety first for you and your baby..

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  • Erza Guray

    2017-08-29 #19 Author

    I don’t drive but always remember the safety measure for driving expectant mothers.

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  • Mya Jones

    2017-08-29 #20 Author

    Very helpful information !!!!

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