Many doubts appear when the first baby is on the way. Among them is the best way to use the car as the gestation progresses. We spoke with the gynecologist and obstetrician of the Israeli Hospital Albert Einstein, Dr. Eduardo Zlotnik, who listed what is recommended, care and tips for pregnancy on board the car. Check it:
Can pregnant women drive?
There is no law in this regard, however, according to the specialist, it is not recommended that pregnant women take the wheel. This is because “they carry something extremely precious and delicate” and any strong impact, such as an accident, can harm the baby. “However, we know that this is not the real world and that many women need to drive during pregnancy, especially those who live in large cities,” concludes the obstetrician.
If it is necessary to drive, is it recommended during which period of gestation?
If the patient has no medical restrictions, she can drive with up to about 34 weeks (approximately eight months). You should avoid it in the last month because the position of the baby begins to compress the pelvis, which causes discomfort, need to pee in short periods of time and cramps. “In traffic she is ‘trapped’ and if she needs anything, there is no way out.”
What is the correct way to position the seat belt?
The belt should be placed the same way when the woman is not pregnant, that is, below the belly. It is worth remembering that the ideal is to use the three-point belt (with a low that runs on the chest and another under the belly)
What to do if you feel contractions while driving?
The specialist recommends stopping the car in a safe place and ask for help. “If the contraction is mild, maybe she can continue driving, but it’s good to avoid because she’ll be anxious and worried.”
What can be done to improve discomfort while driving?
To improve the tension of the lumbar region, the pregnant woman can position a small cushion in the region.
How soon after delivery can the patient re-direct?
Overall, you do not have an exact time to re-direct. If there is no restriction, it is recommended to return after 40 days if the woman has had a cesarean section. If the birth is normal, the obstetrician says he can return to the wheel 15 or 20 days later.
• Pregnant women are at a greater risk of dropping pressure. It pays to be attentive to the symptoms and stop driving if it has already occurred.
• Drive as little as possible.
• Avoid long journeys.
• If you can, opt for private driver services such as taxi, Uber and Cabify.
• If you continue to work during your pregnancy, try to get a ride with your work colleagues to avoid driving daily.
• Get ready during pregnancy to stop driving at some point. Eventually this will happen, if you plan so that it does not become a shock.
• Where possible, pregnant women should ride in the back seat of the vehicle.
• Do not rush to drive again. The abdominal muscles become “loose” after birth and this causes discomfort.