Accurate Posture While Driving During Pregnancy

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Accurate Posture While Driving During Pregnancy

Accurate Posture While Driving During Pregnancy

It is common for pregnant women to drive to work or to manage some daily chores. Pregnancy does not mean you have to stop driving. But it is better to stay safe and ensure your posture is right when you are driving.

Here are some recommended security advice for pregnant road users to maintain the mobility even during pregnancy.

  • Position your seat in a comfortable situation. Make sure to have more space between your belly and the steering wheel.
  • Fasten both the lap and shoulder safety belts. Set the lap belt below your abdomen and across your upper thighs. Don’t tie safety belt over your abdomen. Keep the shoulder belt between your breasts.
  • Leave some gap in between your belly and steering wheel (at least 10 cm); slightly bend backside.
  • Make sure that after adjusting your seat, you are comfortably able to reach the accelerator, clutch and foot brake.
  • Remove any coats or jackets that restrict you from moving freely.
  • If you suffer from back pain, use massage nets seat, wattle of wooden balls or tarpaulin ones with air gap.
  • During a long drive; take a break to have a walk and do some stretches to relax.
  • Feet and ankles swelling can be worsened by driving for too long during pregnancy.
  • Always carry a lumbar support (like a pillow or rolled up sweater or small blanket). Position it against the lower curve of your back.
  • You can carry a heat or cold pack to reduce the discomfort.
  • Avoid travelling unaccompanied, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Remember, that your and your baby’s safety comes first, so avoid driving alone. If possible, let someone else with you do the driving.

To make your pregnancy more comfortable. Read more—

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Interesting? Share it with a friend who is expecting and drives to work! Help her stay safe during her most critical period.

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