Pregnant women and their unborn babies are at special risk for injuries in a car accident. The Child Passenger Safety
website guides individuals and families on how to safely ride in vehicles. The website's latest addition is a
PDF document answering the top five questions pregnant women may have when it comes to using a seatbelt safely during all stages of pregnancy as well as how to safely use an infant car seat once the baby is born. Many pregnant women worry about their airbag causing additional injury if it were to be activated; however, it's been shown that an airbag will reduce injuries and the chance of death in almost every case. Pregnant women should be sure to have the seat (driver or passenger) as far away from the dashboard as possible.
Even when buckled up, a pregnant woman in a moderate impact car accident can go into premature labor and/or delivery, tear delicate muscles, suffer additional bruising on her abdomen. She'll incur extra medical costs from an accident than a non-pregnant woman would for fetal monitoring and other tests. Further, after an accident, a pregnant woman will have to bear the stress and worry about the health of her unborn child until the baby is born safely. Even if the accident is minor, a pregnant woman should see her obstetrician right away for a follow-up health check.
The Child Passenger Safety website is a useful one; I encourage everyone to check it out, especially those with children who still ride in carseats and booster seats. Find them on Facebook too.