Do I need to wear a seat belt when in the car in pregnancy?

It is safer for you and your baby and it is the law when traveling in a car. This applies to both front and back seats.

You can only travel without wearing a seat belt if you have a legitimate medical reason for not doing so, and a certificate to prove it.

It is always safer to use a three-point seat belt with a lap belt and diagonal strap. Wear the lap portion it so that it fits across your thighs and hips, and under your bump – not across the middle of it. If the lap portion is positioned across your belly, it is more uncomfortable and more dangerous for your baby if you are in an accident The diagonal shoulder portion of the belt should sit over your collar bone and between your breasts. Make sure you wear your seat belt as tight as possible.

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