While pregnancy is not a barrier to driving, there are a number of precautions you should take to drive safely. What are the right reflexes to adopt? Until what month can you drive pregnant? Answers and advice from Christophe Ramond, director of studies and spokesperson for the Prévention Routière association.
If pregnancy and driving are not incompatible, caution is in order. In the first trimester, the fatigue , nausea and dizziness are a real danger . It is therefore preferable to favor another mode of transport. Subsequently, the more the belly grows, the more certain maneuvers risk becoming complicated or even impossible. Then, when the term approaches, fatigue intensifies, alertness decreases and the contractions are likely to occur at any time. “There are no contraindications to driving for pregnant women in the regulations, but it is a subject that you should discuss with your doctor because he can recommend that you adopt certain attitudes with regard to driving. and transport in general. When nearing term and/or in the event of a high-risk pregnancy, it is advisable to pay close attention to your state of fatigue. The doctor may recommend avoiding travel or long journeys ' , comments Christophe Ramond, director of studies and spokesperson for the Prévention Routière association.
In the absence of contraindications, it is possible to take the road until the end of the pregnancy .
Wearing a seat belt, whether pregnant or not, is compulsory . During pregnancy, it protects the mother and the baby in the event of shock. However, improper use of this device can be ineffective or even dangerous. The lower webbing of the belt should rest below the iliac crest , that is, on the bones of the pelvis, and not on the belly. On the other hand, the special pregnancy seat belt, belt extenders and other hooks should be avoided. Our specialist alerts on all this equipment which is not approved. 'Of course, they allow you to be more comfortable in the car, but the problem is that in the event of an impact, the belt will be less effective since by lengthening it, you relax it so you will be less well restrained and the accident will be all the more virulent.Be careful also with the cushions which raise the pelvis because in the event of a collision, you can slip below the seat belt and the latter, instead of blocking the pelvis, would remain stuck at the level stomach. Despite a very good intention at the start, these
devices may pose a risk because they are unlicensed or misused' , he says.
The main risk associated with driving during pregnancy is feeling unwell due to fatigue. and therefore, to have an accident. At the end of pregnancy, the occurrence of unexpected contractions can also be dangerous. In addition, the prolonged immobile position is very bad for blood circulation, which increases the risk of phlebitis. “If there is an identified risk you have to exercise caution and seek advice on the number of hours you can drive” , warns our interlocutor. Let us also specify that driving is strictly discouraged if there is a risk of premature delivery.
The vibrations and other jolts inherent in car journeys are harmful for the baby . 'The only way to limit the impact is to slow down, especially when approaching a speed bump or a speed bump. Instead of going to 30km/h, we go to 20km/h, which will be much less violent. In general, it is necessary to adapt your driving to reduce the intensity of the jolts, go slower in the turns so that the transport is more pleasant. When you are a passenger, it is important to tell the driver to adapt your driving. Finally, it is essential to plan your journeys by opting for the most comfortable roads. It is better to favor the motorway because there are less jolts and many rest areas to take regular breaks', details Christophe Ramond.
After a collision or an accident, however trivial, it is necessary to consult your obstetrician-gynecologist . If necessary, a fetal ultrasound can be performed to check that the baby has no sequelae following the shock.
Beyond the choice of the route which must be the most comfortable possible for the future mother, the installation in the vehicle is essential. 'You have to stand a little further from the steering wheel because your belly takes up more space. We also take our time to adjust the depth, the recoil and the height of the seat in order to have a good driving position. We also do ensure that the belt is the least inconvenient possible by adjusting the height of the latter so that it is positioned on the shoulder blade', recommends the specialist. At the same time, some good reflexes should be adopted to travel serenely: avoid long journeys, take regular breaks to stretch your legs, do not take the road on days classified red or when it is too hot or too cold and finally limit the tremors.Source journaldesfemmes.fr