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Wear Your Seat Belts! Moms-to-Be

Wear Your Seat Belts! Moms-to-Be

Car accidents can be hazardous for pregnant women and could very well be the leading cause of trauma-related maternal and fetal mortality. In such instances, buckling up is the best way for an expectant mother to prevent injury and death from a motor vehicle accident.  

Research shows that unborn babies have the best chance of surviving car accidents when the mother uses her seat belt properly. There is no evidence that suggests that seat belts can harm unborn babies. Seat belts greatly reduce the mother’s risk of injury in a car accident. If the mother stays unharmed, there is a good chance her unborn baby will, too. But if the mother is hurt in an accident, her unborn baby could also suffer. Maternal injury during a car crash is linked with premature birth, low birth weight, placental abruption, distress to the unborn baby and even death of the fetus.