Safe use of seat belts during pregnancy
Advice on the safe wearing of seat belts during pregnancy.Pregnancy does not automatically exempt you from wearing a seat belt. You are excused from using a seat belt during pregnancy only if granted by a doctor for medical reasons.
If you are pregnant, the safest way to wear your safety belt is:
- Place the diagonal section of the belt across your torso (chest area) with the strap resting over your shoulder, not your neck.
- Place the lap section of the belt flat on your thighs, fitting comfortably beneath the baby bump, and over your pelvis (not your bump).
- Wear the seat belt as tightly as possible. In this way, the forces applied in a sudden impact can be absorbed by your body’s frame.
How to correctly use a seat belt while pregnant
The video below demonstrates how to wear a seatbelt correctly if you're pregnant.