Pregnancy and Seatbelts

Myth: Wearing a seatbelt during pregnancy can harm my baby

Research shows that unbelted pregnant women are three times more likely to lose their baby in a crash than if not belted. They are also two times as likely to have excessive maternal bleeding. Even in a minor crash where people are not seriously injured, there is a chance of losing the baby. Always wear a seatbelt to protect your baby and yourself.

How to Wear a Seatbelt

Most cars have a lap-shoulder seat belt or a three-point seat belt. It is important to place the seat belt the correct way to protect you and your baby.

The shoulder belt should cross over your collar bone and not hit your neck. The shoulder belt should cross your chest between your breasts. Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. The lap belt should be across your hips under your belly. Do not place the lap belt on or above your belly.

Air Bags

Doctors recommend leaving air bags turned on, whether riding as a passenger or the driver. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts to protect both mother and child.

Seat Position

If you continue to drive, remember to adjust your seat as your body changes. It is best to keep as much distance as possible between your belly and the steering wheel. Be sure you can comfortably reach the pedals. When you change your seat, you also need to change the mirrors.


Is it safe to use a seatbelt during pregnancy? (babycenter)

Seat Belt Use During Pregnancy (AAFP)

Seat Belt Recommendations During Pregnancy (NHTSA)