Many pregnant women avoid using car seat belts fearing it could injure their baby during a car crash. A recent study has underlined the importance of using car seat belts, especially life-saving during car accidents.
For the study, a group of researchers led by Dr. Stacie Zelman from Wake Forest University examined a national database of over two million injured patients, and found over 2,400 pregnant women injured in car crashes.
They found that women wearing a seat belt, having an air bag, or both were significantly less likely to have pregnancy-related complications than women with neither a seat belt nor an air bag.
The combination of a seat belt and air bag resulted in the lowest rate of complications.
The researchers suggest that pregnant women should use seat belts with confidence that they will help, not hurt, in a crash.
The study has been published in Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.