As a mom-to-be, you're looking to take on the world with your bump - but first, it's important to consider car travel safety during your first trimester. With all of the changes that are happening in your body, it can be daunting to think about getting behind the wheel and going for a drive. But don't worry! In this article, we've compiled everything you need to know.
How Your Body Changes During Your First Trimester
Did you know: During pregnancy, there is an increase in blood circulation which results in more blood flowing through the body than usual?
The first trimester marks the beginning of this journey and brings with it several physical transformations that impact your driving ability:
- Nausea almost every day
- Dizziness or headaches
- Difficulty focusing (brain fog)
Tips for Safe Driving
Whether commuting back and forth from work or running errands around town, here are some tips for safe driving during early pregnancy:
Avoid long gaps between meals
Hunger can lead to low energy levels bringing along fatigue. Have small bites readily available within arm's reach.
Drink Plenty Of Fluids/Maintain Hydration Levels Throughout The Day
While drinking enough water helps keep nausea at bay when pregnant(weird hormones right?), You also have frequent stops planned due to restroom breaks (bonus tip: always make sure pump gas while refuelling)
Always wear seatbelts sitting upright
Car restraints should not restrict breathing. Also remember as seen on Friends Joey couldn't undo Rachel;s seatbelt so check out how yours work!
Pay attention/improved concentration levels
Driving demands lots of focus at higher risk when pregnant. Limit distractions by keeping cell phone ringer off & use earbuds if necessary.
Take short rest breaks when possible
Stress builds up quickly with a growing bump! Do not forget to give yourself enough time for quick rest breaks in between driving.
Limit the duration of your driving trips
Long distances can be taxing on tires and if pregnant, exhausting. If possible try scheduling shorter road trips to regain lost stamina;longer ones create higher risk.
Additional Ways To Minimize Pregnancy Risk While Driving:
There are simple precautionary measures you can take while operating vehicles that reduce pregnancy risks associated with motor vehicle accidents:
|Precautionary Measure||Explanation / Consideration Factors|
|Always Have Flight Insurance||Avoid taking solo long distance drving flights during first trimester as flying for extended periods is highly discouraged during early pregnancy|
|Proper Vehicle Maintenance & Inspection||Ensuring comfortable driving conditions (seating, working air conditioning etc.) can benefit anyone but more critical during prenatal care. Neglecting these responsibilities results in heightened bodily stress levels.|
|Plan Your routes ahead of time||Stay clear of rough terrains or avoid any location where sudden unexpected occurrences might affect you|
|As an expectant mother planning transportation within the first few months of conception, there’s no need to feel overly anxious or stressed.|
|All it takes is just a little extra cautiousness and looking out directly for safety precautions wherever necessary, then mommy/baby get things started off right without affecting overall health-care subconsciously!|