Wear seatbelt during pregnancy


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 09 Jun 2016

DID you know that unbelted pregnant women are at high risk of getting injured in a car crash?

Most pregnant women are skeptical about wearing a seatbelt while driving or on board a car as they think that the seatbelt will harm their foetus and what is even worse is they think that wearing a seatbelt will cause a miscarriage.

If a pregant woman is not wearing a seatbelt, both mother and baby are less likely to stay alive and more likely to be seriously injured if there an accident occurs.

Based on the results of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology research, pregnant drivers who do not wear seatbelts are three times more likely to experience foetal death and injury when involved in a car crash, compared to those who wear seatbelts.

There should be a lot more education on the proper way to wear seatbelts during pregnancy and awareness on the harm of being unbelted while driving or on board a car for pregnant women particularly.

Stop being frightened about something that is ambiguous and do not simply believe the rumours without prior study. Bear in mind that everyone needs to wear a seatbelt, pregnant or not.

NOOR MAJDIAH ABD WAHAB

Shah Alam

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