Between 20 and 50 million people are injured or disabled in a car accident each year. If you’re headed into your second trimester of pregnancy, your risk of being involved in an accident is likely to increase.
While you may need to continue driving, there are a couple precautions you can take to protect you and your child in case an accident occurs.
Ensure you are wearing your seatbelt correctly
It’s important that you put your seatbelt on correctly if you are driving or riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The lap belt should be placed low and snug on your hip bones so that it is below your belly and touching the tops of your thighs. The shoulder belt should go across your shoulder and chest, not behind your back.
Remember to never strap the seatbelt across your belly. Avoid any retail pregnancy products that instruct you to do so.
If you are driving, stay at least 10 inches away from the dashboard or steering wheel.
Create an emergency contact sheet
Create an emergency contact sheet that includes a list of names, phone numbers, and medical information others should know in case you are involved in a car accident. Make sure to always keep it with you when you are driving.
You may not be showing in the first three months, but the first trimester is the most crucial to your baby’s development, so it is imperative that responders are able to get your emergency information fast if an accident happens.
Wear medical ID jewelry
Those who have conditions such as Epilepsy, Diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease may wear a medical ID neckless or bracelet to alert responders to their crucial and unique medical needs in case an accident occurs.
If your pregnancy is not yet noticeable, wearing pregnancy medical alert jewelry will alert responders to check up on your unborn child immediately if you are involved in an accident.
This jewelry can include information about your due date and blood type for emergency room physicians.
If you are involved in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Even a minor fender-bender accident could be cause for placental abruption, which could lead to hemorrhage, miscarriage or premature delivery.
If you or your child suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to file a claim. A personal injury or property damage claim can be filed within two years of the accident.