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5 Tips To Stay Safe When Driving Pregnant

by Nellie

5 Tips To Stay Safe When Driving Pregnant

A lot of things can be affected when you are driving while pregnant. Check out these easy tips to make sure mama and baby are safe!

It’s been an insane couple of weeks. It has been really probably one of the hardest…ever BUT I still have so much to be thankful for — like my mom. So when I was invited to a lunch in Brooklyn I knew exactly who I wanted to be my plus one, my mom.

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The amazing ladies at Well and Rounded NY.com partnered with Ford to discuss driving safety tips for pregnant mamas. A lot of times we hear about safety tips for drivers but not a lot is out there for women who are expecting! But don’t worry, I got you covered!

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The event was held at WILD, a gorgeous restaurant in heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were introduced to some of Ford’s representatives who had a empathy suit on display for us to try on.

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Apparently this thing simulates being pregnant again including the FULL weight of being pregnant full term. As tempting as it was to try it on, I decided against it as I have VERY vivid memories of the joys of pregnancy. 🙂 The suit was created to really give people a feel of how one has to adjust dramatically in order to simply drive a car. Engineers use this insight to understand the needs and limitations of moms to be when creating future vehicles. The suit adds 30 lbs to the wearer and restricts mobility mimicking the physical limitations experienced during pregnancy.

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Whether you are currently pregnant or know someone who is (don’t we all?!) Thanks to Well Rounded NY and Ford Here are 5 driving safety for pregnant mamas.

DRIVING TIPS for a WELL ROUNDED TRIP

  1. Adjust your mirrors. You may be adjusting your seat on a daily basis as your belly grows, but make sure you follow suit with your mirrors to limit blind spots and give you the best possible view of the road from every angle. Ford BLIS® with cross-traffic alert uses radar to identify a vehicle detected in your blind spot, then alerts you with an indicator light in the side view mirror.
  2. Prep is everything when it comes to food cravings. We know cravings can hit at any moment – hard. Have snacks and water on hand and easily accessible so you’re never reaching while driving.
  3. Nausea happens. For many moms-to-be, nausea is practically a given. And being in a moving car can make it worse. Nip it in the bud with a motion-sickness bracelet or an easily accessible baggie filled with anti-nausea candies. Up to 85% of pregnant women experience morning sickness – which should really be called all-day sickness!*
  4. Distractions are dangerous. If you’re pregnant with baby No. 2, you’re probably driving around with the cutest little distraction ever. But don’t let your little one’s cries, giggles and screams cause you to take your eyes off the road. If you’re concerned about something, pull over.
  5. Plan your route. Pregnancy brain is for real. So no matter how many times you’ve driven these same streets, you just may find yourself incomprehensibly lost. Map your trip beforehand, and use your car’s voice-command navigation to help you find your way.

The food was also really, really delicious! My mom enjoyed it so much she said she is going to bring her husband back for a visit!

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Thank you Well and Rounded NY and Ford for the awesome tips!!

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Do/Did you take extra precaution when you were driving while pregnant? Do you remember any of these scenarios happening to you?

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7 comments

Janine HulDie May 11, 2016 - 6:16 am

What great advice and I admit that I am pretty much done here as far as pregnancy is concerned, but still will totally share with my pregnant friends and family. Thanks Nellie!!

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Terri May 11, 2016 - 9:11 am

I feel like you made this post for me. I love the tip about keeping cravings close by. I’m not gonna lie. There’s been a time or two when I found myself digging through my purse while driving to get that snack I was craving.

At this point, I’m just ready for this baby to get out of me. And I’m wondering about that empathy suit. I’m seriously considering getting one for my husband. If I suffer, he suffers! Haha

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Tamara May 11, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Whoa. The food!!!
So this is funny but my cousin was pregnant with twins and once got so sick she had to throw up out her door while at a stoplight. NOT SAFE! And the guy in the car behind her was horrified.
(I would be too)
Safety first!

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Kris walters May 12, 2016 - 5:35 am

Great advice Nellie! It’s been a long time since I was pregnant but this brought it all back!

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Britt May 12, 2016 - 12:03 pm

I remember driving to Cape Cod from NYC by myself while I was pregnant. I had to stop to pee a lot! Normally I can make the route without stopping! It was also super uncomfortable for my back so I had to adjust my lumbar support. Great tips!

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Leslie May 18, 2016 - 1:49 pm

This is bringing back so many memories…no need for that empathy suit here! I still remember driving to work worrying that I would have a sudden bout of morning sickness. Thankfully that never got too bad. Another set of awesome tips from Nellie!

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Kaitlyn November 16, 2016 - 10:34 am

These are all great driving tips! Having anti-nausea treatment nearby is a must. You never know when another wave will come on.

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