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Health Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt When Pregnant

Health Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt When Pregnant

01/30/13

(HealthDay News) -- Some pregnant women wonder if they should wear a seat belt while they're pregnant. Most experts say "yes," that it helps protect the woman and her unborn baby from injury in the event of an accident.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these additional tips:

  • Always wear a three-point seat belt and put the lap belt under your belly.
  • Do not turn off air bags, but do move your seat back as far as is comfortable.
  • If you're not driving, sit in the back seat.
  • If you are in a car crash, seek immediate medical attention, even if you don't feel injured.
  • Call a doctor without delay if you have stomach pain, fluid leaking from the vagina, or you begin to have contractions.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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