Pregnancy And Driving
And if driving for you is rest, then why give up on it? In addition, if a woman feels confidently behind the wheel of a car, she can make her life much easier for the next nine months. Of course, during this period there are quite a few limitations for the future mother. The car is no exception. In order to feel comfortable, you just need to follow a few basic rules.
The Location Of The Driver’s Seat
The traditional posture with a flat back and legs bent may be uncomfortable. Move the driver’s seat back so that there is at least 10 centimeters of free space between your belly and the steering wheel, and tilt it slightly backward. But just remember that this should not impair visibility. For back pains, massage seat covers, woven from wooden balls or canvas with an air gap, can help, you can also put a regular pillow under your back. If desired, you can also install an armrest.
Features Of Winter Driving
Do not neglect the rules of the road. After all, now you are risking not only your health but also the life of the unborn child. In ice, there are a few special rules that will help minimize the risk of accidents.
First, eliminate emergency braking. Many women – as soon as the green light of a traffic light starts to flash – brake, not looking in the rear-view mirror. The yellow light is there to complete the movement and not create emergencies. If on a dry road you are only cursed for such behavior, then in the winter the consequences can be much sadder.
Secondly, do not drive in neutral gear. On a slippery road with such behavior, you risk losing control of the car.
And, thirdly, be prepared for the movement of the skid. No one is immune from drifts, even if you always drive much lower than the speed allowed by the rules and only in the rightmost row. It is necessary to assimilate the standards of behavior during drifts at least theoretically.
And Fourthly, Do Not Forget To Change Tires For Winter Tires!
Sometimes breakdowns occur suddenly and, as a rule, this happens at the most inopportune moment. Therefore, it is advisable to always carry a mobile phone with you to quickly call for help.
Do not do your hard physical work, even if it seems that it is elementary. You can overestimate your strength. Do not hesitate to seek help from outsiders or traffic police officers. It is unlikely that anyone will refuse a woman, and especially in this position.
And further. Do not try to dig the car out of the snow. Either leave it in the garage (in the parking lot) or contact someone for help.
Rest More Often
Feel free to stop and rest. Escape the car, walk a little, and stretch, in general – do everything to relax and relieve stress. Do not forget the eyes. From a long drive, and especially in the dark, they quickly get tired. As soon as you feel unwell, do not continue driving. It is better to leave the car and get to the house by public transport or taxi.
Always have juice, mineral water or an apple in the cabin. This will help make prolonged standing in traffic less painful and relieve tension.
Be Prepared For The Unexpected
Always have your passport, medical certificate, and exchange card with you. In the documents, attach a piece of paper with the coordinates of their loved ones. Without these papers, you may not be accepted in the nearest maternity ward. Why create yourself other problems at such a crucial moment?
Even if it is still very far before the end of the term, anything can happen. You should always be prepared for the unexpected. Of course, childbirth, and especially the first, is rarely rapid. And, most likely, you will have time to safely get home, get together and get to the pre-selected maternity hospital.
About him a particular conversation. It is with the seat belts that most questions are connected. Snap-on or not? Is it too much pressure on the stomach?
No matter how hard the belt is pressing on his stomach, he is not capable of harming the baby. The amniotic fluid surrounds the baby in the uterus; it protects it from external influences on the mother’s belly.
Many future mothers complain that the seat belt only creates additional inconvenience and distracts from the road. But, unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, no one is insured against accidents. Probably you should not rely on the case, and it is better to protect yourself and the child as much as possible. So try not to neglect the seat belt. Just do your best to create maximum comfort. In case of the sudden braking or a collision, the seat belt will protect you from hitting the steering wheel.
When You Buckle Up, Follow Some Simple Rules:
Place one part of the belt under the breast, and the other – in the lower abdomen.
The belt needs to be adjusted in advance, taking into account the features of the figure. It should do not be too tight, or loose to hang. In some domestic models for this purpose, it is enough to move the “dog,” which regulates the length, as on a bag. And in more modern cars will have to remove the mount and change the belt tension force.
If you are not constrained in means, it is possible to get special seat belts for future mothers and fastenings to them. True, they will have to spend a lot of time searching for them. A belt for pregnant women differs from the usual one in that it has not three, but four attachment points and is much more elastic. Due to this, the woman practically does not experience discomfort from pressure on the stomach and is protected from possible impacts.
The advantages of a personal car
You do not have to freeze for a long time at bus stops, waiting for public transport. And then all the way home to be tightly sandwiched between someone’s backs, breathing in unpleasant odors.
Do not be shy of others, if you want to unbutton your clothes. Winter clothes for pregnant women are usually heavy and bulky. And behind the wheel, there is an opportunity even in the cold to “walk” in a comfortable jacket.
You can always stop, rest, relax and even lie down.
You should do not get behind the wheel if:
You have strong toxicities and any odors, especially chemical ones, put you off balance. In this case, while driving, you will be especially acutely aware of gasoline vapors and exhaust fumes. This can cause severe headaches, dizziness, and even fainting.
You are strongly swayed in the car. You will, like a princess and a pea, will react even to minor irregularities of the track, not to mention bumps. In this state, it is impossible to concentrate on the road.
You are too excitable and irritable. The chances are good that you will behave inadequately at the wheel. So if it seems to you that everyone around them is doing just that “they put sticks in your wheels” and you want to catch up and punish them – it’s better not to drive.
The most important thing – do not try to get to the maternity hospital during labor. At this moment it is better to call for help from relatives or call an ambulance. Even if this is not the first birth and contractions are not strong – do not risk. On the road, anything can happen. And in such an important matter as the birth of a child, it is impossible to rely on chance.
In general, deciding whether or not to drive for the next nine months, you must first be guided by your desires and appreciate your driving skills.