You’re given so much advice as to what you can and can’t do. But when it comes to driving, let’s face it – you’ve got to be able to get around, right? The safety of you and your baby is the most important thing to consider when deciding whether or not to drive while you’re pregnant. But most of the time, there’s no reason why you can’t – especially in the early stages. But here’s some helpful advice on the ins and outs of driving while pregnant.
Is it safe to drive while pregnant?
Yes, as long as you feel up to it, there’s no reason that you can’t drive while pregnant. In the early stages, you might be suffering from morning sickness. It’s a good idea to avoid driving if you’re feeling too nauseous, or make sure that you can pull over safely. As your bump starts to get bigger, you might get uncomfortable behind the wheel – but you can drive for as long as you feel able and safe behind the wheel.
Do I have to wear a seatbelt?
Yes, you should wear a seatbelt while you’re pregnant for the safety of you and your baby. But you can try positioning it so that the lap section sits underneath your bump and the shoulder strap goes around the side of your bump and not across it. The only time that you’re permitted to drive without a seatbelt is if you’ve got a note from your doctor advising it, though this is rare. Airbags are also safe to use, though you might want to adjust your seat slightly so that you’re further away from the steering wheel, this should also make you more comfortable.
Can I still do long journeys?
Of course! But it is advised that you have a break at least every 90 minutes to avoid getting fatigued or uncomfortable. If you’re suffering with swelling in your feet and ankles, wiggle your feet every now and again to help with your circulation. When you stop for a break, you might want to go for a little walk stop you from getting back ache.
How long do I have to wait to drive after giving birth?
Now, this depends entirely on how you’re feeling. It is advised that you wait until moving suddenly or wearing a seatbelt won’t cause you any pain or discomfort. If you’ve had a c-section, this could take up to 6 weeks. If you’re unsure, you should always ask for advice from your doctor. The most common advice after a c-section is to rest for around 6 weeks, which is to help you avoid further injury (c-sections are a major surgery don’t forget – allow yourself the time to rest and be looked after!)
If you’d like some more information, please click here to read the NHS advice.
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