As your baby bump grows, consider adjusting your seat further away from the steering wheel as far back as is comfortable. Try tilting and moving your seat to get some distance between your bump (ideally, around 25 centimetres away from the steering wheel) and make sure the steering wheel is tilted toward your breastbone rather than toward your abdomen. If this makes it harder to see, consider using a cushion to raise yourself a little higher.
Are long car trips safe during pregnancy?
Fatigue can quickly set in during pregnancy so try and keep car journeys as short as possible. During the latter stages of pregnancy, many women prefer to stay close to home in case they need to get to the hospital for an early delivery, so try and keep car journeys ideally within 25 minutes of the hospital at all times, especially during the last 3 weeks of pregnancy.
If you do have to go on a long journey, try and share the driving duties with someone else. Plan to stop at least every 90 minutes for a toilet break and to stretch your limbs and make sure you have a bottle of water within easy reach and be sure eat regularly too.
As with any driver, it is important to make sure your car is maintained and serviced and that your mobile phone is charged, especially if you're driving on your own and/or at night.
What should I do if I have a car accident whilst pregnant?
If you are in a car accident, no matter how minor, it's best to get checked out by a doctor just to be safe. Even if you feel fine after an accident, a forceful jolt may cause pregnancy complications, so it always best to have a thorough check.
In a severe accident, you'll be taken straight to hospital. Make sure you tell the emergency services that you're pregnant and by how many weeks.
It goes without saying that if you have contractions, pain or bleeding after an accident, see a doctor as soon as possible.
As with any accident, remember to let your insurance provider know.
How can I stay comfortable when travelling by car during pregnancy?
Sitting for long periods of time can be difficult when you're pregnant so it is important to try and make your journey as comfortable as possible. Ensuring you are comfortable before setting off on your drive will help you to fully focus on the road and minimise any distractions.