SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner
1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,997 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Practically all women in Sweden wear their seat belts when they're pregnant. But they're not given information on exactly where to place the belt so as to protect the unborn baby best. And this worries them. These are amongst the findings of recent research in the field of biomechanics at the University of Halmstad, Sweden.

The researchers gathered initial data from a sample of pregnant women and new mothers using questionnaires, then followed these up with interviews.

139 women completed the questionnaire. All but one of these said that they had always used a seat belt before their pregnancy.

Several women in the final stages of pregnancy said that they were now using their seat belts less. The reasons they gave were that the belt chafed, that they were afraid the baby might be affected, and that it was difficult to put on the belt.

Almost half of the women in the late stages of pregnancy had experienced problems with the belt moving upwards onto the tummy instead of remaining across the hips.

In a similar study in the United States the majority of the sample of 200 said that wearing a seat belt was uncomfortable, that it chafed, and that it slipped upwards onto their tummies. Far more of the American women said they thought the belt caused discomfort.

Far more of them also stopped using seat belts while pregnant. These differences could well be a question of habit. In Sweden wearing seat belts in the front car seats became compulsory in 1975. The equivalent American laws are rather more recent.

Facts:
Results of two studies of user comfort. Seat belts worn by pregnant women.

United States, 2000, Laura Thackray, sample: 200 women

Sweden 2002, Selime Eriskin and Sara Lund, sample: 139 women

Percentages of women reporting discomfort caused by…

belt chafing on lower abdomen: USA 65% Sweden 46%
belt chafing and pressing against abdomen: USA 62% Sweden 43%
belt too tight on breasts: USA 48% Sweden 10%
belt not long enough: USA 50% Sweden 7%

Percentages of women who sometimes decide not to use seat belt because of comfort problems: USA 13% Sweden 7%
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
287 Posts
I just don't get it. I really don't. How on earth is "discomfort" a reason for not belting yourself?!?! You just tuck the lap portion of the belt down under your abdomen, making sure it's riding from hip bone to hip bone (left to right) so that they (hip bones) take the force of an accident, not your belly-with-baby. If you can't feel your hip-bones, so what...just push it down there under your belly somehow, anyhow, but don't go without your seat belt!

If you do NOT wear your seat belt, you run the risk of hurling your full-woman-weight (whatever your body weight is) right at your baby. Your unrestrained body is going to fly forward into the steering wheel and smash your baby and the whole amniotic sac, with your full weight, at 40, 50, or whatever miles per hour. The outcome will obviously not be pretty.

I certainly don't have an MD, nor am I more familiar with human anatamoy than the average joe, but perhaps someone who does know more can comment on this.

While I'm not qualified to speak to the medical/safety aspect of this, I do have personal experience. I was rear-ended when I was 8 months pregnant by some schmuck who wasn't paying attention. No matter how good a driver you are (or even think you are), there are less competent drivers out there that can foul up even the safest drivers.

It seems ludicrous to me that women are willing to jeopardize their unborn children and themselves, all in the name of "comfort". Pregnancy is uncomfy. Suck it up, and deal with it. Wearing a seatbelt is an absolute must!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
39,289 Posts
quote:

Originally posted by [email protected]:

Percentages of women reporting discomfort caused by…

belt chafing on lower abdomen: USA 65% Sweden 46%
belt chafing and pressing against abdomen: USA 62% Sweden 43%
belt too tight on breasts: USA 48% Sweden 10%
belt not long enough: USA 50% Sweden 7%

Percentages of women who sometimes decide not to use seat belt because of comfort problems: USA 13% Sweden 7%

Er, can you say "spoiled women" is a description of these "dummies" (pun is, indeed, intended) who have maternal aspirations...

Yannis
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top