You’ve always driven back and forth, but now a new life grows in your womb and endless doubts arise: Can pregnant women drive? How long is it safe for me and the baby? Let’s answer these questions and bring explanations to the new moms’ main questions.
But we’ll tell you what, pregnant women can drive, yes. There is no recommendation from Detran (State Traffic Department) that forbids or restricts healthy pregnant women when it comes to driving, but it should be taken into account in medical consultations.
Although not prohibited, some experts indicate that pregnant women do not abuse their driving time. “After a few months, the tummy starts to get bigger and get closer to the steering. Another point is that pregnant women can get scared with their purse bursting while driving, for example. This is dangerous and requires some care,” Gilberto Mello, a gynecologist and obstetrician, warned during a live stream on Facebook at People’s Grain. This is one of the subjects of Pregnant Women’s Guideonline course for pregnant women who want to be the best moms! Beabá Grão de Gente transmits secure information with the best professionals!
In general, experts recommend that the most appropriate thing to do is to drive until the eighth month, precisely to avoid accidents due to contractions, nausea or any problem related to a sudden brake, which can cause placental detachment or bursting of the bag.
Pregnant women can drive, but some measures should be taken
- Mothers should avoid driving when tired or in case of sickness and heavier medications;
- The right way to use a seat belt is to cross the upper band on the shoulder, between the breasts, and the lower band below the belly, over the abdomen, never over the uterus;
- In cars with airbags, it is recommended that the pregnant woman move her seat as far away as possible, maintaining the safety that this technology provides, without offering damage to the baby;
- Driving at high speed can cause sickness, so avoid stepping on the accelerator too much;
- Avoid long trips, but if necessary, make a stop every 40 minutes to stretch your legs and rest from the intense movement. Swelling in pregnancy is very common and can be a nuisance in these situations. Try to put your feet up and hydrate yourself!
- If you are in the habit of using a pillow behind your back to alleviate back discomfort, know that this measure is contraindicated, as it increases the approximation of the body to the direction.
- Be prepared in case of emergency. Always leave the phone numbers of family members and your obstetrician within reach.
- Do not attempt to drive to the hospital if you have signs of labor. Seek medical help and guidance.
It is worth mentioning: that characteristic malaise of pregnancy may not be harmless when the subject is direction! Any distraction can cause traffic problems. Choose to drive if you are willing and respect the limits of your body.
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