Driving Precautions During Pregnancy

Imagine driving with a watermelon perched on your lap. Not too easy, eh? Yet that’s what women in the last trimester of pregnancy go through every time they get behind the wheel. Because the pregnant belly is so cumbersome, driving can become more problematic, which may explain why statistics show that women who are pregnant are more likely to be involved in car accidents compared to women who are not pregnant. An increased likelihood of accident involvement could also be due to other effects of pregnancy, including dizziness, fatigue or nausea.

Of course, many pregnant women drive up until their due dates without mishap; nevertheless, a few tips can help ensure you and your unborn baby remain safe while on the road.

Fasten your seatbelt beneath your belly – not across it. You may also consider placing a small, soft pillow between your belly and the seatbelt to increase your comfort while driving. When driving long distances or over a prolonged period of time, be sure to take frequent breaks to avoid fatigue; taking a quick walk or stopping to use a rest area can help you “wake up” and refocus. If possible, a void driving during rush hour or other times when traffic is at its peak, or travelling long distances by yourself. Always take your cell phone along for the ride, using it only when your car is pulled safely off the road.

If you are involved in an accident – even a minor one – call your doctor immediately. Although babies are usually well-protected by the uterine muscles and the amniotic sac, injury may cause the placenta to become separated from the uterine wall and you may experience cramps or vaginal bleeding. Your doctor may recommend a trip to the hospital where you may receive an ultrasound and examination, and your baby’s heartbeat may be monitored.

Having a baby is an exciting time of life and staying safe while driving can ensure your pregnancy and birth experiences are as safe and easy as possible. These tips will help keep you safe while driving during your pregnancy, but sometimes accidents occur no matter what precautions you may take. Facing the costs associated with an accident is always stressful, and can be even more stressful when you’re pregnant.

If you’re an expectant mother and you’ve been involved in an auto accident, you need to see an attorney immediately to make sure medical costs related to the accident – both now and in the future – are covered. Call us at 813-849-2679 today to schedule a free consultation.