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During Pregnancy, Protect Two Lives by Wearing a Seat Belt

Pregnancy brings with it the anticipation of many changes, but some things stay the same including the need to wear a seat belt to protect both yourself and your growing child.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts remain the best protection in case of a car accident, even during pregnancy.

To wear a seat belt properly while you are pregnant:

  • Move the seat back as far as possible.  If you are driving, move it back as far as you can while still comfortably reaching the pedals and the steering wheel.  If you are a passenger, move it back as far as the vehicle will allow.  Keep at least 10 inches between your abdomen and the dashboard.
  • Place the shoulder belt across the center of your chest and over your shoulder, away from your neck.  Do not put the shoulder belt behind you or unbuckle it, even if the vehicle allows it to be unbuckled.
  • Place the lap belt across your hips, under your belly.  The lap belt should fit snugly against your pubic bone.
  • Wear a seat belt even if your vehicle has airbags.  Do not disengage the airbags; they work together with the seat belt to provide the best protection.

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