Wearing a seatbelt while pregnant
It is important that you always wear a seatbelt throughout your pregnancy. It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt unless a medical practitioner exempts you from wearing one due to medical reasons.
Wearing a seatbelt protects yourself and your unborn baby in the event of a crash. If a seatbelt is worn properly there is very little pressure on your stomach.
Correctly and comfortably wear a seatbelt by:
- placing the lap part of the belt under your baby and low over your upper things
- adjusting the angle of the seatbelt using the seatbelt locator
- placing the sash part of the belt in between your breasts.
Driving after caesarean
You shouldn't drive until your caesarean wound has healed (usually around 6 weeks). Talk with your doctor about when it would be a safe time to start driving again.