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During pregnancy it is still required by law to wear a safety belt, unless you have a medical reason to be exempt. If you are pregnant, there are some steps you should follow to ensure your seat belt is safely positioned.
  • The diagonal strap should be placed over the breastbone, while the strap should rest over the shoulder as opposed to the neck.
  • The lap belt should rest flat on the thighs and over the pelvis. It should never be pulled across the bump.
  • It is safer to wear the belt as tight as possible as in this way the force of a sudden impact can be absorbed by the body’s frame.
Pregnant women are not advised to wear ‘Lap-only-seat-belts’ in place of lap and diagonal belts as they can cause serious injuries to an unborn child if the car breaks suddenly. Both mother and unborn baby are safest when wearing lap and diagonal seat belts correctly.

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