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Seatbelt in pregnancy

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Pregnancy does not offer automatic exemption form the requirement to wear a seat belt.

Trauma sustained in a road traffic accident is hazardous to baby and mother. The best protection is to wear a normal seat belt with the lap strap across the thighs, to restrain the pelvis and the diagonal strap across the shoulder and chest, avoiding the abdomen.

NICE suggest (1):

  • pregnant women should be informed about the correct use of seat belts (that is, three-point seatbelts 'above and below the bump, not over it')

Reference:

  1. NICE (2008). Antenatal care

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