The general answer is you never have to stop driving while pregnant. You can drive throughout your pregnancy as long as you are comfortable, can reach everything you need to in your car, and can comfortably and safely maneuver the car.
At what stage in your pregnancy should you stop driving?
According to Dr. Sostoa, pregnant women must exercise “common sense” and stop driving when they no longer feel comfortable behind the wheel. For this reason, women often stop driving during the last month of their pregnancy.
Can I still drive at 38 weeks pregnant?
It’s absolutely fine to keep driving when you’re pregnant. That is, unless you’re feeling uncomfortable with nausea, too exhausted to concentrate or physically struggling to get behind the steering wheel.
Can I still drive at 36 weeks pregnant?
Complications such as hypertension, preterm labor, and premature rupture of membranes often come without warning and can occur quickly requiring medical attention. If you are 36 weeks or further we do not recommend any travel farther than two hours from home by car. Air travel after 36 weeks is not recommended.
Are long drives ok when pregnant?
Yes, it’s safe to drive a car during pregnancy as long as you always wear a seat belt every time you slide (um, wedge yourself) behind the wheel.
Where should I sit in my car while pregnant?
The safest place in a car for a pregnant woman is in the back seat with a seat belt on; make sure the lap belt is tucked under your belly for maximum safety. If riding as a passenger in the front of the car, push the seat as far back as it will go and do not turn off the air bags.
Can a bumpy car ride hurt baby?
Although there is no evidence that taking a bumpy car ride works, rest assured that it won’t harm your baby either. Your baby is well-cushioned by your pelvis, tummy muscles and the amniotic fluid that surrounds her.
Can we travel during pregnancy by car?
It’s best to avoid long car journeys if you’re pregnant. However, if it can’t be avoided, make sure you stop regularly and get out of the car to stretch and move around. You can also do some exercises in the car (when you’re not driving), such as flexing and rotating your feet and wiggling your toes.
Can slamming on brakes hurt the baby?
A woman’s womb does offer a significant level of protection for the baby inside, but any type of sudden impact or extreme force—whether that be from contact with another vehicle or just from slamming on the brakes—can cause the placenta to separate from the uterus.
What weeks are the highest risk for miscarriage?
The first trimester is associated with the highest risk for miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. A miscarriage in the second trimester (between 13 and 19 weeks) happens in 1% to 5% of pregnancies.
Can I travel when 7 months pregnant?
From the seventh month of pregnancy onwards the physical burden of carrying the baby increases. The longer the pregnancy continues the higher the chance that labour will occur. For this reason most major airlines will not allow pregnant women to travel after 34 weeks1 (this includes the return flight!).