So, the question came up as to <b>how safe it is for pregnant women to make use of car seatbelts.</b>

It is a well-known fact that many car accidents that could have claimed a lot of lives may have minimal or fatality if the seatbelts  were PROPERLY employed at the time of that accident.. Note that the key word here is.. PROPER.

So, someone asserts without any fear of contradiction,

<blockquote>Car Seat Belts Weren’t Designed For Pregnant Women.

If The Car Stops Suddenly, The Lower Belt Will Push The Child Up Mother’s Throat</blockquote>

On the face of it this declaration would appear to be a correct statement. but I  have this habit of checking out common platitudes and what appear to be commonsensical statements. After all, <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/y4n6as2s“>Popular Wisdom Is Often Plain Stupidity</a>

This thinking that pregnant women should not use seatbelts while sounding very sensible seems incorrect. It is actually more about how the belt  type and how correctly it is used, and not the fact of whether the car occupant is a pregnant woman, or a man.

In trying to justify his position the one who believes that seat belts are not crafted for pregnant women showed pictures of a pregnant woman using a seatbelt where it clearly shows that in the case of an accident the baby will probably be harmed by the seatbelt.

<Blockquote>What Do You Think Will Happen If This Car Stops Suddenly?</blockquote>

He asks rhetorically…

But it is not about whether the occupant is pregnant or not.. it is about how the belt is actually utilised and this is true even for men. A seatbelt worn incorrectly can actually cause far more damage in the case of an accident than if the seat belt is not worn at all

So, when we are in doubt, we have the information superhighway to help us out. I went a-googling.

– <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/y4wuj8jl”>Seat Belt Safety: Pregnancy | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia</a>

– <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/y4dy9p4d“>Is Wearing the Seat Belt Really Safe for Pregnant Women?</a>

Every other link that I found says that it is safer for pregnant women to wear a seatbelt (CORRECTLY) than not wear them.

So I would say that the notion that  “the seat belt is not designed for pregnant women” is being to general and is not (completely) so.

The correct procedure, from one of my links, is…

-The safest type of seat belt to wear is a lap and shoulder belt combination.

-The lap belt should be placed below your belly, touching your thighs, and low and snug on your hip bones.

-Never wear the belt above or across your belly.

-Always use the shoulder belt which should fit snugly across the center of your shoulder and chest.

-Never place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

If you are driving, make sure you keep your belly a safe distance away from the air bag. Your breast bone should be at least 10 inches away from the dashboard or steering wheel. You may have to move your seat back as your belly grows!</blockquote>

Stay safe!

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