Of course you are very allowed to travel by car while pregnant. Here are tips for a safe and comfortable trip for you.
Is it safe to drive while pregnant?
Yes. As long as you have a healthy pregnancy, you are allowed to drive while pregnant.
However, in the last few months of pregnancy, your enlarged stomach will make it difficult for you to get in and out of the car, and can also disturb the steering wheel. Therefore, you may be able to stop driving at the end of your pregnancy.
Please also note that the fatigue and nausea that you feel in the first trimester can make it difficult for you to concentrate. Rest regularly and drive only if you feel healthy and have enough rest.
Avoid driving alone if you choose to go on a long trip. Will be much safer and more comfortable taking turns driving with other people.
How do you stay comfortable when driving by car?
A mild warming movement can maintain your blood circulation. Sitting for a long time can make your legs swell and cramp, also cause heartburn. The good news, with a little movement, you can get rid of that discomfort.
If you sit in a car, stretch your legs and stretch your leg muscles. You can also rotate your ankles and shake your legs, as long as you don't drive, of course.
In the final stages of pregnancy, your baby may suppress your ribs and bladder. Stop every 90 minutes to rest and go to the toilet.
Provide drinking water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and energized. If you are on a long trip, stop for lunch.
Use clothes and shoes that are comfortable and not narrow.
Is a long trip safe for pregnancy?
There is no reason not to drive by car when you are pregnant, but you need to stop to go to the toilet more often.
Frequently stretch your legs and rest. If sitting in a car causes back pain, use a pillow on your back.
Learn about security procedures and make sure you are easily contacted. The closer the date of delivery, bring your pregnancy documents while on a long trip.
Do you have to use a seat belt while pregnant?
You should always use a seat belt when driving in a car, whether you are pregnant or not. This is regulated by law and applies to the front and rear seats. If you use a seat belt correctly, you and your baby will be protected from danger if the car stops suddenly or crashes.
A three-point seat belt that has a belt on the lap and diagonal strap is the safest for your and your baby's safety. But if it's not there, the belt on the lap is better than not using a seat belt at all.
Use a belt on the lap in the thigh, under your stomach. Never use a belt on your stomach because it can pressure your baby.
The diagonal belt should cross your collarbone and chest, on your shoulders and not the neck. Make sure you use the seat belt tightly. If you feel uncomfortable, adjust the position of your chair or use a seat pad.
Is it safe to drive with a car that has an airbag during pregnancy?
Yes, airbags will protect you and your baby in the event of an accident. Airbags are designed to work with seat belts and you will be safe as long as you use the belt correctly.
The seat belt will hold the top of your chest and keep you from the steering wheel. Airbags help reduce the pounding of collisions as instant pillows for you and your baby.
If you drive and the steering wheel can be adjusted, keep it away from your stomach. If you have difficulty seeing, use a pillow to elevate your position.
What should I do if I have a car accident?
If you feel fine after an accident, you should still see a doctor for safety reasons. Strong strokes can cause complications in pregnancy, such as partially separated placenta. If you experience contractions, pain, or bleeding after an accident, immediately visit a doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have a negative rhesus group, because you need an Anti-D injection. It is important to bring this information with you.
If a accident is severe, you will be taken to the hospital immediately. Notify that you are pregnant, along with your gestational age.
What should I do if the car breaks down?
You must have preparation for damage and other emergencies.
Make sure you bring your active cellphone. Prioritize damage protection if it is not included in your insurance.
If you travel far to a remote area, prepare supplies of warm clothes, flashlights, money, snacks and water in your car.
If your car breaks down on the highway, follow these steps:
- Move to shoulder path as far as possible.
- Point the wheel away from the road and turn on the hazard lights and the big lights of the car.
- Call help. Find out where you are with the help of maps, smartphone applications, or GPS. You will also be asked for the last exit you passed to identify your location.
- If possible, use an emergency telephone to call for help. This phone has a special reference number.
- Get out of the car through the passenger door and wait on the grass if it's safe, to stay away from traffic.
- If you feel uncomfortable or take your child with you, it's safer if you sit in the passenger seat and lock your car.
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