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Published on Feb 20, 2013
Pregnant -- Safe Driving - Finally!!
If you knew that the most dangerous place to be while pregnant is behind the wheel or as a passenger in a motor vehicle, what would you do? There are numerous evidence to prove that fact. Studies reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association states that "Motor vehicle crashes account for four of five deaths that occur among unborn babies of pregnant women who experience trauma", another article in the same journal states that "Information and Research Needed to Help Reduce Risks to Women and Foetus from Motor Vehicle Injury During Pregnancy".
Pregnant women have always suffered the discomfort of wearing a car seat belt, and the possible harm to themselves and their unborn child in the event of an accident. According to a new study by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC), "Pregnant women who are hospitalised following motor vehicle crashes are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, even if they are not seriously injured or not injured at all. These women are at risk for such difficulties as placental abruption and caesarean section and their babies at risk of respiratory distress syndrome and fetal death".
The Australian and American Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and other motoring authorities recommend that you "Never place the belt over the abdomen, belt should be placed low, across the hips and over upper thighs. it must lie snugly over the pelvis." This critical recommendation has proven to be impossible and studies have shown that while driving the seat belt always moved up and rests on the abdomen area, and during a crash or sudden braking there is nothing stopping pregnant women from moving forward except the seat belt on the tummy. Also most if not all new vehicles now have pre-tensioning seat belts, which means that in the event of a crash or sudden braking the seat belt will automatically tension at an immense force causing pressure on the tummy.
The "Tummy Shield" is designed to solve this problem, its stringently tested to withstand a seatbelt force of up to 4400 lbs, it can be used with standard seat belts found in all vehicles.