Throughout Your Pregnancy ~ Buckle Up "Properly" in Your Motor Vehicle To Keep Your Baby Safe!
Buckle Up Properly During Pregnancy: Buckling up "properly" every time you ride in a motor vehicle will help to keep you and your baby safer during a crash. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women who are pregnant to always wear seat belts “properly” while riding in a motor vehicle. Among women who are pregnant, who wear a seat belt “properly”, have a rate nearly three times safer, protecting the mother from personal injury and fetal death, than pregnant women who were not buckled up properly during a crash (Hyde LK, Obstet Gynecol, 2003 Aug; 102(2):279-86). Learn how to "properly" wear your seat belt during pregnancy.
Car Seat Installation & Education Service: Around your 8th month of pregnancy, call us at 323-491-6197 to answer questions on the best type of car seat that is compatible to your vehicle and child so we can come to you to show you how to use and install your car seat as well as how to buckle your newborn up properly.
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PREGNANCY & CAR CRASHES
Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations in the U.S. among women who are pregnant. Wearing a lap shoulder seat belt “properly” in a motor vehicle throughout your pregnancy is shown to protect you and your baby (Am J Lifestyle Med, 2012, 6(3): 241-249.
IF A CAR CRASH HAPPENS?
If you are in a car crash, you should see your doctor right away, even if you think you are not hurt.
Most injuries to the baby happen within a few hours after a crash. So it is best to see a doctor to check you and your baby as soon as possible after a crash. Especially if you are more than six months pregnant.
If right after the crash, you have any of the following, call 911:
AIR BAG PROTECTION:
Air bags are designed to be effective with proper use of vehicle seat belts (lap and shoulder belt). When seat belts are used properly, airbags have not shown to be a risk during pregnancy. (Schiff MA, Mack CD, Kaufman RP, Holt VL, Grossman DC. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jan;115(1):85-92.)