Driving While Pregnant: Protect Your Placenta

African American pregnant womanThings can change in the blink of an eye or change of a stop light. After singer Ciara was involved in a car accident during her pregnancy she tweeted, “Thankful For God’s Grace, and Amniotic Fluid,” following the scare.

“Ciara and the baby are doing well,” her rep Lauren Ceradini added in a statement to USA TODAY. “The driver was illegally in the bus lane and hit the right side of her car.”

While the mother of one was spotted a day later with her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, strolling the streets of sunny Los Angeles, fans were still uncertain whether baby would be okay.

Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman, half of Twin Doctors TV and contributor to BlackDoctor.org, broke down everything expectant moms should know if you’re involved in a collision. “I always like to start off by reminding my patients that wearing a seat belt is important,” said Dr. Abdur-Rahman.

“There’s a big misconception about wearing a seat belt while pregnant. But it’s a matter of where the seat belt is placed,” he continued. “You want to make sure that the lap part goes under your belly, shoulder strap to go between your breasts and the side of the belly.”

As for when to go to the hospital, Dr. Abdur-Rahman’s rule of thumb is that the more severe the accident, especially one where the air bags deploy, the more cautious mothers should be. He explained, “When you’re involved in an accident like that [where the air bags deploy] there’s a lot acceleration that springs both you and your car forward [which] can cause issues with the placenta,” emphasizing the importance of the placenta’s health.

After an accident, many people think about is the baby harmed, but the bigger concern, said Dr. Abdur-Rahman is…