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New data released by Queensland Health has revealed the astounding number of pregnant women that are not wearing their seat belts correctly.

Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division Medical Lead Associate Professor, Rebecca Kimble, said more work needed to be done to educate mothers-to-be on seatbelt safety, which is why Queensland Health is rolling out a state-wide social media campaign to spread the message.

“A preliminary survey of pregnant women in Queensland showed that around 42 per cent believe wearing a seat belt could cause harm to them or their baby if they were in an accident,” Professor Kimble said.

“Because of this false belief, women aren’t wearing their seat belts correctly, or choosing not to wear them at all.. which could have serious or devastating implications.”

Ms Kimble said the safest and most comfortable way to correctly wear a seatbelt is with the lap belt ‘below the bump’ over the lap, and the sash between the breasts and over, not across, the pregnant uterus.

“It’s a really simple message and is incredibly important for pregnant women to hear, which is why we are rolling out a social media campaign to spread the message.”

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  • Thanks for posting this, I actually did this naturally but I don’t think anyone actually ever produced an information sheet on it

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  • This is such a basic safety precaution for everyone.

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  • As your child is now 39, were the seat belts “flexible” then?? I know one Mum who was a big lady before she got pregnant. The seat belts were “fixed” and adjustment was quite limited. By the time she got to 37 weeks it wouldn’t do up.

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  • How could you not choose to wear a seatbelt at all. Ridiculous.

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  • I must admit the seatbelt did become problematic and a little uncomfortable so I bought a sheepskin wrap to go on the seatbelt to make it more comfortable.

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  • It’s always good to educate all newly pregnant women.

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  • I always did this too. A very long time ago. my youngest child is 39 lol.

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  • I always did this, simply because it was the most comfortable.

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  • Great information – and it really applies to everyone. Many older overweight people need to wear their seatbelts this way as well.

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  • This information should be given to pregnant women when they visit their GP.

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  • Very important information. They should probably do more campaign on tv, trying to reach as many people as possible.

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