How important or necessary is it for pregnant women to use the seat belt during travel?
Whether by air or road, using seat belts and shoulder
harness are important safety measures you shouldn't
take lightly. By using these safety harnesses even when
driving a short distance, you lower the chances of bringing
harm to yourself and your baby should there be an accident.
Without these restraints an expecting mum can sustain
serious injuries and hurt her baby. Contrary to misguided
thinking that a safety belt can harm the fetus, these
belts protect both mother and baby against life-threatening
situations. As it were the fetus receives protection
inside the uterus from the amniotic fluid and the muscles
and pelvic bones but wearing the lap/shoulder harness
protects both the mother and baby so buckle up.
In the plane, buckle the belt low below the bulge similar
to the way you would secure the lap belt in a car. Additionally
in the car there is a shoulder harness which you should
fasten across your shoulder to rest on the collarbone
without cutting into your neck and lie low on your hips.
Both the shoulder and lap belts should be comfortably
strapped but snug in its fit.