posted 4 years ago

Driving While Pregnant

Driving while pregnant is trickier than finding fashionable maternity wear.

Driving while pregnant is trickier than finding fashionable maternity wear. Challenges include positioning the seatbelt, getting cosy, and knowing whether or not to drive. As such, The Institute of Advanced Motorists' Guest Advanced Driver, Amanda Smith, has a few tips:

- Protect your baby and belt up. Your seat belt is the only thing stopping you from flying forward and hitting your abdomen on the steering wheel.

- Wear the lap strap below your bump, as low as possible, from hip-bone to hip-bone.

- Keep the diagonal strap between your breasts, moving the strap around the side of your bump.

- Incorrect use can harm the baby in the case of a collision, so always make sure the seatbelt is worn above and below the bump - not over the middle.

- Adjust the fit of your belt to be as snug and comfortable as possible.

- You can move the seat back, as long as you adjust your mirrors accordingly and can reach the brake, accelerator and clutch.

Amanda Smith said: “There is much advice available on whether or not is it safe to drive while you’re pregnant. As long as you feel well and are comfortable, you can continue to drive up until labour.”