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Travel safe by car in pregnancy

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, on long journeys or short trips, it's safe when you're pregnant.

It is safe to drive in pregnancy

It's fine to carry on driving while pregnant. However, in third trimester, your bump may make getting in and out of the car a real chore. The bump may even hit the steering wheel. At this stage, you may prefer to cab or grab.

You may feel more exhausted in first trimester and cannot concentrate. Be sure to take regular breaks, and drive when you're better. Avoid long car trips if possible. It's much safer to share the driving duties with someone else.

Stay comfortable while traveling in a car

Driving for too long may cause swollen feet and leg cramps, so take short break especially for long journey. Get out of the car for some stretches. Try to wear loose, comfortable clothes and slippers or shoes.

Remember to wear a seat belt correctly to protect you and baby. The seat belt should be a 3-point restraint with lap and shoulder belts. The lap belt should go under your bump and across your hips. The shoulder strap should go between your breasts and off to the side of your belly. Seat belt strap should fit snugly and never cross your bump. This would hurt the baby in the event of an unfortunate accident.

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