Driving during pregnancy

Yes, you can. However, ensure that you don’t drive continuously for long periods of time. This might make your body stiff and may hurt your back.

How can I drive safely? What are the things I should keep in mind while driving?

  • Wear a seat belt: It’s highly recommended you wear a seat belt to ensure the safety of yourself and your baby. Make sure you wear the seat belt correctly. The top part of the belt should go over the collarbone and between your breasts. The lower part should lie under your bump, across your hips and thighs.
  • Keep distance from the steering wheel: Move your seat as far back from the steering wheel as you feel comfortable with. This ensures there’s a safe distance between the steering wheel and your bump. As your tummy keeps growing, adjust your seat further from the steering wheel.
  • Avoid leaning forward: Try to sit with your back straight up. This is good for your back.
  • Avoid long distance travel: As much as possible, avoid going on long travels. If you really have to travel, ask your companion to drive for sometime. Meanwhile you can take rest. Also it’s a good idea to stop once every 90 minutes to stretch yourself. Make sure you keep having water regularly. Keeping your body hydrated is very important when you’re pregnant. You should also have your meals timely.
  • Use a back support: Using a back support or a lumbar roll is a good idea. It will help to keep you in an upright posture.
  • In case of an accident: Call your doctor, even if it’s a minor accident. She’ll probably call you in to check your baby’s heartbeat to ensure no damage has been been done to you or your baby.

It is always advisable to discuss about driving once with your doctor. This might not be the best time to learn driving. Also, follow traffic rules!