Many women have concerns about how to wear a seat belt when they're pregnant -- and with good reason! When lap belts are improperly worn (over the dome of the uterus), they can significantly increase pressure on the baby and may possibly lead to fetal injury.
But that doesn't mean that pregnant women shouldn't wear seat belts. Quite the contrary! In fact, buckling up properly can now potentially save two lives. Regardless of the stage of pregnancy, seat belts should be used with both the lap belt and shoulder harness in place. Here are some guidelines on wearing it properly:
Seat belt studies have been performed using a crash dummy that simulates a pregnant woman. These studies have shown that when a seat belt is worn properly, there's no potentially damaging force placed upon the uterus or the baby.
Sources: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; University of Michigan Health System
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