Pregnant women should be aware that they may be at risk for miscarriage if they do not follow a pregnancy support belt while driving, a federal government report has found.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study last month that found that more than one-third of women who had a miscarriage in the past year were in a state where they could not wear the belt to avoid having it removed from their vehicle, and that about two-thirds of those women did not follow any form of support belt-type pregnancy tests.
According to the CDC, about 15 percent of all women have miscarriages that occurred while in the driver’s seat.
A recent study found that almost half of all pregnancies are unintended and that women who use birth control and do not have a medical reason for not having one should be encouraged to use one.
Pregnant drivers should be reminded that their belts could still be used to hold them and the belt can be removed without causing injury or causing the loss of the seatbelt, the CDC report states.
It’s also important to note that a belt can still be removed if the belt is pulled too far forward, which can cause the seat belt to buckle.
In the U.K., pregnant women should not be required to use a belt while travelling because they are able to use the seatbelts to hold themselves and their babies while in an enclosed vehicle.
If you or anyone you know has been pregnant while in a vehicle, please contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
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