How to wear your seatbelt correctly while pregnant

The three-point seatbelt has saved many lives. But many road users can still be confused when it comes to wearing a seatbelt correctly whilst pregnant, with the biggest worry being that a seatbelt can harm their baby.

Pregnant women should use a seatbelt at all times, right up until your baby’s birth. There is a right way of wearing a seatbelt, which is the least harmful to the baby and more comfortable for you.

Let’s explore this further:

  • Sit back into the seat and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Adjust the height and position of your seat until you find a position that suits you.
  • The lap belt part of the seatbelt should be placed under your abdomen and across your upper thigh.
  • Never ever place the lap belt on or above your belly.
  • Place your shoulder belt over your collar bone so it sits between your breasts so that it won’t hurt your neck in case of an accident.
  • You should never place the shoulder belt behind your shoulder or under your arm.
  • If you have a car with an airbag, make sure you sit as far back as practically from the direct line of the airbag.
  • Wear the seatbelt as tight as possible, so the impact is not absorbed by your body’s frame in the event of an accident.